People – March Edition
People March 2019

Charles Montorio-Archer

Charles A. Montorio-Archer, Ph.D., was appointed president and chief executive officer of One Hope United in Chicago, Ill.

Montorio-Archer co-founded The THRIVE Network in 1996 and served as its chief executive for 11 years before merging the organization with The New York Foundling. THRIVE, which continues to operate under its own name, is a $36 million nonprofit that assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout New York City.

Montorio-Archer has written three books, most recently Everybody Paddles: A Leader’s Blueprint for Creating A Unified Team, which provides a management model for reaching strategic alignment and accelerating organizational change through respect, collaboration and leadership.

Tony Cohn is the new director of strategy for the Morgridge Family Foundation, Denver, Colo. Cohn will oversee the foundation’s approach to maximizing impact through its nearly 200 nonprofit partners.

Cohn most recently was a brand marketing specialist in the Smithsonian’s Office of Communication and External Affairs. He created and managed award-winning communication and programming initiatives, including the top-ranking Apple Podcast Sidedoor as well as the Pepper Robot project.

Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson was promoted to chief strategy and impact officer (CSIO) of United Way of the National Capital Area in Washington, D.C. Johnson served as vice president, community impact for United Way NCA for five years.

Johnson will identify and align key opportunities that will aid the organization in its fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

He worked as director of income at United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, program officer at the Robin Hood Foundation and as the director of workforce development initiatives at United Way of New York City.

Prior to entering the nonprofit sector he worked in public service in various roles at the New York City Departments of Employment and Small Business Services, and Workforce Investment Board.

Joe Khawaja

Joe Khawaja is the new chief financial officer for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul, Minn. He had served as director of finance, strategy and operations support for treasury retail securities at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 2012. He oversaw issues ranging from budgeting and strategic planning to diversity and inclusion.

Prior to the Federal Reserve, Khawaja held financial leadership positions at Cargill Inc. and Aramark Corp.

Jennifer Kim

Jennifer Kim was appointed vice president of philanthropy for IslandWood, on Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Wash.

Kim has more than 25 years of fundraising experience and leadership. Most recently she was the director of major and planned gifts at Virginia Mason in Seattle, Wash. She is also the founder and director of operations of Philanthropy Works, which provides support and training for frontline fundraisers.

Kim was a development officer at Mayo Clinic, the development director of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center in Minnesota, and director of individual giving at Seattle Children’s Home. Kim was also president of the board for the Bainbridge Schools Foundation between 2014 to 2016.

Steve Labkoff

Steve Labkoff, MD, FACMI, FACP, was appointed chief data officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in Norwalk, Conn.

Labkoff has developed strategies toward new healthcare delivery models. He joined the MMRF after a 25-year career in healthcare informatics where he worked on issues ranging from the secondary uses of healthcare data, health information technology policy, big data, analytics, and medical affairs in life science companies and academic medical centers.

He is responsible for optimizing the data collection, aggregation and analytics strategy to deliver value to the MMRF and its partners, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Rebecca Novak

Rebecca Novak was appointed chief executive officer of Code Nation (formerly ScriptEd) in New York City.

As Code Nation’s first employee and later program director, and a former classroom teacher, Novak has been instrumental in establishing and expanding Code Nation’s footprints in New York City and the Bay Area. She has been Bay Area executive director.

Elena Quevedo

Elena Quevedo, Ph.D., is the new chief development officer of the Miami City Ballet, Miami Beach, Fla.

Quevedo has more than 17 years of development and fundraising experience, including roles with New York City Ballet, The MacDowell Colony, The Hawthorne Foundation and, most recently, as senior vice president of Advancement for The New Jewish Home.

Quevedo will be part of the organization’s executive team. She will oversee the organization’s annual fund campaign, including all individual, corporate and foundation efforts for annual operations as well as handling designated programming needs, and fundraising for new productions.

Lisa M. Schroeder

Lisa M. Schroeder was appointed president pf the Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pa. She is the sixth president of the nearly 75-year-old community

She is the first woman to lead the organization. From 2002 until 2015, Schroeder led Riverlife, a public-private partnership established in 1999 to guide and advocate for redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.

She left to return to her hometown, Baltimore, to become president and chief executive of the Parks & People Foundation, which is dedicated to generating more resources and greater appreciation by residents for their city parks. She was the first CEO to follow the founder and president who had been leading the organization for 20 years.

Eric Steinhauser

Eric Steinhauser, an award-winning creative executive, film director and strategic storyteller, is the new director, global marketing and creative content, for The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Va.

Steinhauser previously served as executive creative director for J. Walter Thompson where he headed new branding efforts for Novell, Dominos, Lipton, KPMG, Kraft, Miller Genuine Draft, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Steinhauser directed and produced the Emmy-nominated feature documentary “Saving Africa’s Giants,” which followed former NBA All-Star and Chinese hero Yao Ming on his first trip to Africa to witness the catastrophic rise of elephant and rhino poaching. The film aired globally on The Animal Planet Network and on CCTV in China.

Kristen Titus

Kristen Titus is the new executive director of the Cognizant U.S. Foundation, Teaneck, N.J. Titus is the first full-time executive for the foundation since it was launched in May 2018.

She will be responsible for advancing the foundation’s mission to improve and expand opportunities for U.S. workers in the digital economy by supporting digital literacy education and skills programs.

Titus was the chief technology and innovation officer (CTIO) for New York State. As the state’s first CTIO, she led New York’s digital and tech policy portfolios, overseeing historic investments in technology education, workforce, and economic development.

She was also the founding executive director of the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline and Girls Who Code, where she built the national nonprofit working toclose the gender gap in technology and engineering.

Raman Venkateshson

Raman Venkatesh, Ph.D., was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of SAE International in Warrendale, Pa.

Venkatesh has held executive or technology- focused positions with KX Technologies (part of Berkshire Hathaway), Unilever Group, and Calgon Carbon. Most recently he served as chief executive officer of a strategic business unit for Eureka Forbes Limited in Bangalore India, a consumer products company.

His experience includes strategic startups as well as turn-around businesses. He has led mergers and acquisitions and has worked with strategic equity and venture capital groups.