Dr. Howard J. Sumka New OneVoice Chief Executive OfficerBy The Onevoice Movement, PRNE
Sunday, April 17, 2011
NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 - The PeaceWorks Foundation
announced on Monday the appointment of Dr. Howard J. Sumka as Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of OneVoice (www.onevoicemovement.org).
Founded in 2002, OneVoice, the flagship initiative of the PeaceWorks
Foundation, aims to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates,
empowering them to take concrete steps toward achieving a two-state solution.
The movement educates and trains Israeli and Palestinian youth in leadership
skills, nonviolent activism, and democratic principles. More than 660,000
Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals have signed our mandate affirming
support for the two-state solution.
"To reach the full potential of the movement, we recognized the need to
strengthen our senior leadership," said Samer Hamadeh
(www.lightspeedvp.com/TeamMember.aspx?m=57), PeaceWorks Foundation
board member, who served on the executive search committee. "We therefore
created the CEO position to lead our high caliber, but youthful, team and
take their game to the next level."
Dr. Sumka will oversee OneVoice's offices in London
(www.onevoicemovement.org/programs/onevoice-europe.php), New York
(www.onevoicemovement.org), Ramallah (www.onevoice.ps), and Tel
Aviv (www.onevoice.org.il). As the Middle East's youth spur demands
for democratic change, OneVoice is especially well positioned to seize and
channel that momentum to propel political representatives toward a
comprehensive resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"I'm excited to welcome Dr. Sumka to head our talented team," said
OneVoice Founder and Chair Daniel Lubetzky
(www.onevoicemovement.org/about-onevoice/daniel.php). "His leadership
will enable us to leverage all of our strengths as we address the enormous
challenges and opportunities the region faces. We have very ambitious plans,
and Howard has the management skills, track record, and strategic depth
necessary to execute on them."
Prior to joining OneVoice, Dr. Sumka
completed a 25-year career with the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID). An expert in post-conflict reconstruction and
development, he was the Director of USAID's country missions in Albania,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, and, most recently, West Bank and Gaza. He provided
strategic leadership for programs in these complex multiethnic and
multi-religious societies. Dr. Sumka fostered economic, social, and political
development and delivered humanitarian assistance.
Dr. Sumka attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign
Service and received a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and USAID's
Distinguished Career Award. He holds a doctorate in City and Regional
Planning from the University of North Carolina and degrees from Northwestern
University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Michele,
have two grown daughters.
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that aims to amplify the
voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to demand a
two-state solution. The movement educates and trains Israeli and Palestinian
youth in leadership skills, non-violent activism, and democratic principles.
To join and support OneVoice, visit us at www.onevoicemovement.org.
Ivan Karakashian, Communications Director, PeaceWorks Foundation, OneVoice Movement, +1-212-897-3985 x 124, f +1-212-897-3986, ivan at onevoicemovement.org, www.OneVoiceMovement.org
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