Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Adds Experienced Leaders to Senior Team

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Rick Cruz to Lead Development Team;
Stefanie Weiss to Lead Communications, Research
 
America’s Promise Alliance named two new vice presidents to its senior leadership team as the organization moves into the final quarter of its GradNation campaign, a national movement to reach a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020. Both have expertise in their fields – communications and development – and in public education.
 
Stefanie Weiss brings experience from Points of Light, Experience Corps and Encore.org, the University of Maryland, and the National Education Association to her new role as vice president of communications and knowledge management.
 
Rick Cruz brings experience from the Education and Youth Practice at FSG, a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale social change, Teach for America, and DC Prep Public Charter Schools to his new role as vice president of mission advancement.  
 
“Stefanie and Rick are exceptional and well-known leaders in their respective fields and bring many talents that will help to drive our efforts forward,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. “We are delighted to have them join our growing communications and mission advancement teams.  I look forward to their counsel and leadership.”
 
In her new role, Weiss will lead communications efforts at America’s Promise, including branding and messaging, public relations, publications, web development, and social media. She will also lead the organization’s knowledge management work, including overseeing the organization’s research institute, the Center for Promise.
 
Most recently, Weiss was the chief communications and marketing officer at Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. She has served as vice president for communications at Encore.org, a nonprofit promoting second acts for the greater good; as communications director for Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps); and as communications director for the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. She also worked in a variety of communications roles over 15 years at the National Education Association.
 
In his new position, Cruz will oversee fund development and manage corporate partnerships. Cruz previously advised corporations, foundations and nonprofits on strategy and organizational development as a leader of the Education and Youth Practice at FSG. 
 
Cruz also held several leading positions in the education sector, having served as the CEO of DC Prep Public Charter Schools, a high-performing charter management organization serving students preschool through eighth grade in the most under-resourced communities in Washington, DC, and as chief field officer of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where he oversaw a national network of program sites and led key efforts in strategy, fundraising and government affairs. Cruz also previously served as vice president of regional operations at Teach for America. Earlier in his career, Cruz worked for the Corporate Executive Board and the Advisory Board Company.  
 
The two new vice presidents complete a seven-member senior leadership team at America’s Promise, responsible for the strategic direction of the organization.  
 
Other members of the senior leadership team include CEO John Gomperts; Donna Anderson, vice president of operations and finance; Melinda Hudson, vice president and senior advisor to the chair and CEO; Tanya Tucker, vice president of alliance engagement; and Jon Zaff, executive director at the Center for Promise. Mrs. Alma J. Powell serves as board chair.  
 
Follow the new VPs on Twitter @stef_weiss and @rickcruzdc.  
 
America’s Promise Alliance leads more than 400 organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce.  www.americaspromise.org