There is great news to share with you today. I am pleased to announce that three remarkable individuals will be joining Free the Slaves. Two have been elected to our board of directors, Gary Gold-Moritz and Gregory Haile. The third, Mark Allen Trozzi, will assist the board as an advisor.
Gary Gold-Moritz has been the chief operating officer at the organization Public Justice since October 2010. Previously, he was COO at the Children’s Law Center in Washington. After graduating law school at the University of California, Berkeley, Gary studied environmental law and sustainable development in India, practiced corporate law at O’Melveny & Myers, served as general counsel for small technology companies and owned and operated a home repair business. Gary was the first COO at the Children’s Law Center, and oversaw significant growth, implemented strategic planning, and ensured smooth operations. At Public Justice, where he is also the first COO, Gary oversees all finance and administration operations along with the communications and development departments, and works closely with the group’s executive director.
Gregory A. Haile is the general counsel and vice president for public policy and government affairs for Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was educated at the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Editor-in-Chief of the National Black Law Journal; and Arizona State University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was selected as the most outstanding undergraduate in his college. Gregory joined Broward College in 2011 after working at several law firms including, most recently, Berger Singerman. He oversees broad-ranging legal issues relating to tax, immigration, employment, labor, copyright, real estate, construction and tenure. Further, he oversees all local, statewide, and federal government affairs, including advocating before local, state and congressional leaders to enhance their understanding of higher education issues. Gregory spends significant time serving the community-at-large.
Mark Allen Trozzi is an independent management consultant based in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. He provides project management support and analysis for a wide range of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as filling-in as chief operating officer or chief financial officer when needed. Mark has served in executive positions at Engender Health, Spree.com, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Amnesty International USA, and The Sherwin-Williams Co., among others. He earned a Masters of Science in Management from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark will advise FTS as a member of our board’s finance and audit committee.
This month’s additions to the board come as we bid a grateful farewell to long-term board member Franka Jordan. She has served two terms, the maximum allowed. Franka helped usher FTS through an intensive period of transition and growth. Her expertise in organizational development has been a key to the success of our organization. On behalf of the Free the Slaves staff and board, I’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Franka for her extraordinary dedication and service. She will continue to help FTS as volunteer advisor to the board’s programs committee.