Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) in Tampa, Florida, has announced that ARTIS STEVENS will succeed PAM IORIO, who is retiring after leading BBBSA for nearly seven years, as president and CEO. Stevens, the first Black CEO to lead the organization, has served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the National 4-H Council since 2014, leading that organization’s brand positioning, alumni and marketing campaigns, and digital transformation and local engagement efforts.
The D.C.-based National League of Cities, the nation’s largest membership and advocacy organization for local elected officials, has announced the election of KATHY MANESS to a one-year term as president. Maness serves on the town council of Lexington, South Carolina, and has been an active member of NLC since taking public office in 2004, including serving as president of the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group. In addition to her role as a councilmember, Maness is the executive director of Palmetto State Teachers Association and previously served as its president while teaching third grade at Erwin Elementary in Lancaster County. The organization also announced the nominations of VINCE WILLIAMS, the mayor of Union City, Georgia, as first vice president and Tacoma mayor VICTORIA WOODARDS as second vice president.
The LEGO Foundation in Billund, Denmark, has announced the appointment of SARAH BOUCHIE as its new chief impact officer, effective January 1. Bouchie, currently head of global programs at the foundation, previously served as vice president for program development at ChildFund International and as director for basic and girls' education at CARE USA. She also has managed programs and partnerships across Africa and Asia for Save the Children and the Aga Khan Foundation.
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia has announced MARIAH CASIAS as its vice president of learning and evaluation. In that newly-created role, Casias will be responsible for leading the design and evaluation of the network’s overall learning strategy, including providing oversight for the delivery of core and signature programming, peer-to-peer learning, and assuring that all offerings center racial equity and intersectionality. She joins the organization from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, where, as a social impact fellow, she managed the delivery and development of CHIP’s education programs and provided strategic support for communications and marketing. Previously, she served as program manager for the Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at Wharton, where she implemented the selection process for the annual global social impact prize and managed the work and leadership development training of the Lipman Prize Fellows. Prior to joining Penn, Mariah worked in grantwriting and major gifts for the Science History Institute in Philadelphia and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
The Strada Education Network in Indianapolis has announced the election of AMINTA H. BREAUX, NICOLE THORNE JENKINS, and GERARD OLINGER to its board of trustees and the election of MARLENE COULIS as its new chair, succeeding EDWARD SCHMIDT, who is completing his four-year leadership term and will continue to serve as a member of the board. Breaux, the president of Bowie State University, is a leading voice in twenty-first-century education and was appointed to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland and also serves as vice board chair for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Jenkins is the John A. Griffin Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and, before that, was the Von Allmen Endowed Chair of Accountancy and Vice Dean in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. She also served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis. Olinger, a Catholic priest and a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, serves as vice president for mission engagement and church affairs at the University of Notre Dame and also oversees the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin, and the Grotto Network. Previously, he served as vice president for university relations, vice president for student affairs, and executive assistant to the president at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Coulis was elected to the board of Strada Education Network, then known as USA Funds, in 2011 and is the first woman, and first Latino, in the organization’s history to hold the position of board chair. A marketing strategy consultant with Coulis Consulting, she previously served as a senior marketing executive with Anheuser-Busch Inc. and AB InBev for eighteen years and currently serves on the board of trustees for Embarc, a Chicago-based program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students, and as a trustee and president for the Bishop Noll Institute Foundation.