Since 2017, UUA staff has shifted from 19 to 28 percent people of color overall, and from 12 to 42 percent of senior staff.
The UUA has named Andrew McGeorge its new treasurer and chief financial officer. A chartered financial analyst, he has held senior positions in credit unions for the past thirteen years. He is a member of South Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He succeeds Tim Brennan, who stepped down in June. (UUA announcement, June 3.)
LaTonya Broome Richardson
LaTonya Broome Richardson has succeeded Janiece Sneegas as General Assembly and Conference Services director. Since 1992, Richardson has run a conference and events planning company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she is a member of the UU Fellowship. Sneegas will continue to work half-time through June 2020.
The Rev. Alicia Forde
In April, the Rev. Alicia Forde—formerly the UUA’s Professional Development director—became International Office director (UUA announcement, February 26). In July, the Rev. Ashley Horan, executive director of the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, was announced as the UUA’s new Organizing Strategy director (UUA announcement, July 23).
The Rev. Ashley Horan
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray reported at GA that hiring practices put in place in 2017 had boosted people of color from 12 to 42 percent of the senior staff, and from 19 to 28 percent of the staff overall.
In other staff news: The UUA eliminated five positions in preparing the FY2020 budget. Three open positions were cut, one position was cut through early retirement, and one position was eliminated with a layoff.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah.
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