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College Promise Launches #BecauseWeWill, a National Student Voices Campaign

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 1:11pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --College Promise announces a national expansion of the #BecauseWeWill campaign.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --College Promise announces a national expansion of the #BecauseWeWill campaign.
  • "College Promise is proud to sponsor the #BecauseWeWill campaign and empower students to share their stories.
  • Student voices remain critical as we reimagine our higher education ecosystem to be more affordable, accessible, and equitable for all Americans," said Dr. Martha Kanter, CEO of College Promise.
  • For more information about the #BecauseWeWill campaign, visit www.becausewewill.org
    College Promise is a national, nonpartisan initiative to build broad public support for accessible, affordable, quality College Promise programs across the United States.

Arctaris Impact Completes Opportunity Zone Investment in S&K Holdings, Inc. to Expand Access to Quality Home Healthcare

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 2:45pm

S&K is the type of minority-owned and operated business we invest in, said Anita Graham, principal at Arctaris.

Key Points: 
  • S&K is the type of minority-owned and operated business we invest in, said Anita Graham, principal at Arctaris.
  • The investment in S&K is part of Arctaris Impacts Southwestern Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone Program in partnership with the Foundation.
  • Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC is a Boston-based impact investment firm with experience spanning more than 12 years and six funds, with both debt and equity investments.
  • As a result, actual results may vary from the projections and it should not be relied upon as investment advice.

Suzanne Shank Elected to the White Mountains Board

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 1:00pm

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct.12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM) has electedSuzanne F. Shankas a director of the Company.

Key Points: 
  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct.12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Directors of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE:WTM) has electedSuzanne F. Shankas a director of the Company.
  • Ms. Shank is the President, CEO and co-founder of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, a full-service investment banking firm offering debt and equity origination services to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and debt underwriting for municipal clients nationally.
  • CEO Manning Rountree said, "We are delighted to welcome Suzanne to our Board of Directors.
  • Her extensive experience in investment banking and municipal finance is particularly relevant to White Mountains and will greatly benefit our owners."

Food & Society Program Releases COVID-19 Course for Health Officials

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 4:08pm

Health departments are the unsung heroes who can deliver the skills and tools that help everyone work and dine in a safe environment."

Key Points: 
  • Health departments are the unsung heroes who can deliver the skills and tools that help everyone work and dine in a safe environment."
  • Additionally, everyone who completes the training will receive a certificate from Aspen Food & Society and the Public Health Foundation.
  • Food and Society at the Aspen Institutebrings together leaders and decision-makers in the food and beverage industry and the public health communityscientists, nutritionists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, and food makers of all kindsto find solutions to production, health, and communications challenges in the food system.
  • The Public Health Foundation improves public health and population health practice to support healthier communities.

New Report Makes the Case for Arts Education: Recommends Access for All

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 2:48pm

The Commission on the Arts, at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, says we are at a crisis point, where access to arts education is declining steadilyand action must be taken to reverse the trend.

Key Points: 
  • The Commission on the Arts, at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, says we are at a crisis point, where access to arts education is declining steadilyand action must be taken to reverse the trend.
  • The Commission ultimately focused on the challenges of access to arts education in public schools.
  • The resulting report, Art for Life's Sake: The Case for Arts Education , finds ample evidence for the attributes, values, and skills that come from arts education, including social and emotional development, improvements in school engagement, as well as more vital civic and social engagement.
  • Restore Federal Leadership in the Arts through increased funding, the reinstatement of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and a national celebration of arts education.

Arctaris Launches Southwestern Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone Program; Completes First Regional Investment; Hires Pittsburgh Local Lee Kimball

Thursday, September 9, 2021 - 4:59pm

Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris) along with the Richard King Mellon Foundation (the Foundation) announce the launch of the Arctaris Southwestern Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone Program and first investment in the region.

Key Points: 
  • Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris) along with the Richard King Mellon Foundation (the Foundation) announce the launch of the Arctaris Southwestern Pennsylvania Opportunity Zone Program and first investment in the region.
  • The Foundation invested the first $4 million of catalytic capital that Arctaris utilized as a springboard to launch the program.
  • And Arctaris has a strong track record of working collaboratively with local leaders to ensure the projects they select will be positive for the community.
  • Arctariss investment will allow S&K to expand services throughout Pennsylvania, specifically in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) and Altoona (Blair County).

Arctaris Announces Hiring of Mark Garcia, formerly of Thomas H. Lee Partners, as Chief Financial Officer

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 2:42pm

Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris) and its affiliate management companies announce the addition of Mark Garcia as Chief Financial Officer.

Key Points: 
  • Arctaris Impact Investors, LLC (Arctaris) and its affiliate management companies announce the addition of Mark Garcia as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Mr. Garcia joins Arctaris after 13 years at Thomas H. Lee Partners, where he served as Co-Chief Financial Officer.
  • On behalf of Arctaris, I am very pleased to welcome Mark Garcia, to our leadership team as our firm continues to grow, said Jonathan Tower, Founder and Managing Partner of Arctaris.
  • The firm is investing in expanding its leadership infrastructure which was recently demonstrated with the addition of Alan Halfenger as Chief Compliance Officer, formerly Global Chief Compliance Officer for Bain Capital, LP.

Oxford Bank Corporation Announces Appointment of Wendye Mingo to its Board of Directors

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 2:00pm

OXFORD, Mich., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Bank Corporation announced today that Wendye Mingo has joined its Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2021.

Key Points: 
  • OXFORD, Mich., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Bank Corporation announced today that Wendye Mingo has joined its Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2021.
  • Oxford Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oxford Bank, also elected Ms. Mingo to its Board of Directors.
  • Karen Mersino, Chairperson of the Corporation and Bank Board of Directors said, "We have long desired to add a Board member with technical expertise,as well as add new voices to our deliberations,which Wendye fits perfectly."
  • Oxford Bank is a subsidiary of Oxford Bank Corporation, a registered holding company.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Announces Appointment of Paula Pretlow to its Board of Directors

Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 9:01pm

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) announced today that Paula Pretlow has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will also become a member of the Companys Audit and Finance Committee.

Key Points: 
  • Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) announced today that Paula Pretlow has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will also become a member of the Companys Audit and Finance Committee.
  • Paula has notable leadership experience from some of the worlds largest financial institutions, said Laura Alber, President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Scott Dahnke, Board Chair, joined Ms. Alber in welcoming Ms. Pretlow.
  • Ms. Pretlow is a member of the board of directors and the audit committees of Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation Fund, Inc. and Vroom, Inc., and a member of the board of directors of Bitwise Industries.

Five American cities join Reimagining the Civic Commons in national effort to radically reimagine public spaces for stronger communities

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 3:00pm

Reimagining the Civic Commons has added five new U.S. cities who join the original cohort of cities making strategic investments in parks, libraries, trails and community centers across the country.

Key Points: 
  • Reimagining the Civic Commons has added five new U.S. cities who join the original cohort of cities making strategic investments in parks, libraries, trails and community centers across the country.
  • Lexington, Macon, Miami, Minneapolis and San Jos will join Reimagining the Civic Commons, comprised of innovative civic leaders forging new ways to design, manage and operate public spaces for the benefit of all.
  • Reimagining the Civic Commons is supported by The JPB Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and William Penn Foundation.
  • Engender support for and investment in public spaces within communities as an approach to a more engaged and vibrant community.