STRIVE Names Three New Members to Its Board of Directors

STRIVE International, a leading national workforce development nonprofit based in New York City, announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors.  STRIVE welcomed to its Board George W. Brooks, Bonnie Howard and Tonia O’Connor.

“We are thrilled to welcome George, Bonnie, and Tonia to the Board,” said Phil Weinberg, President and CEO of STRIVE.  “Their commitment, experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to expand STRIVE’s impact nationwide, helping more Americans gain the skills needed to obtain employment and break the cycle of poverty.”

George W. Brooks is Americas Leader, People Advisory Services, at Ernst & Young LLP.  With over 30 years of international consulting experience, George has earned a reputation as one of the foremost innovators and thought leaders in the Human Resources service sector.  Driven by his distinctive vision, tireless work ethic and deep commitment to people, George led the transformation of EY’s former Human Capital business model into a vastly modernized, more robust and technologically savvy Americas People Advisory Services practice.

Tonia O’Connor serves as Chief Commercial Officer and President of Content Distribution for Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, she drives the Company’s content distribution efforts across all screens, including online and mobile. She leads UCI’s Enterprise Development efforts to expand its content availability and licensing revenue by securing key partnerships and new business models with both traditional and emerging content distributors.

Bonnie Howard is an Independent board director of Assured Guaranty, Ltd.,  the leading provider of financial guaranty insurance; BMO Financial Corp., the holding company for Bank of Montreal’s U.S. businesses, and BMO Harris Bank N.A., a diversified financial institution with over $98 billion in assets.  She previously served as Citigroup Chief Auditor and Global Head of Control and Emerging Risk. In these roles, she led a team of up to 1500 professionals covering $1.9 trillion of assets in over 100 countries during a challenging economic cycle.

About STRIVE: STRIVE is a leading national nonprofit workforce development organization, headquartered in New York City, with 19 U.S. based affiliates.  STRIVE’s mission is to help people acquire the life-changing skills and attitudes needed to find sustained employment. STRIVE’s trainings include its signature CORE job readiness workshop and a range of vocational skills programs that prepare graduates for industry recognized credentials in a variety of sectors.  Since 1984, STRIVE has helped over 65,000 men and women across the country attain employment.