YouthBuild Elects New Board Members, Restructures Leadership Team

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On December 5th John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild, announced two new additions to the non-profit’s Board of Directors and changes to the leadership team that oversees the 100-person global organization.
Sam Ladah and Paul McLain-Lugowski were elected to the Board of Directors on Friday during its meeting in Miami.
Ladah is the HR Vice President for IBM’s Hybrid Cloud business unit based in Armonk, NY. Prior to his current role, he led the Talent Organization for IBM globally, including talent acquisition, workforce management, workforce analytics, performance management, and professional development. Ladah lives in Pound Ridge, NY.

McLain-Lugowski is the Chief Innovation Officer at Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC), based in Fresno, CA. He continues his 25+ year career with Fresno EOC as the agency’s chief planner responsible for resource development, program development and evaluation, and advocacy. McLain-Lugowski lives in Fresno.  

Additionally, board member David Northridge, senior vice president of Edovo, was elected to Vice Chair of the board.

The Board of Directors has the responsibility of overseeing overall operations of YouthBuild. At YouthBuild programs across the globe, unemployed, low-income, and out-of-school young adults ages 16 to 24 earn their high school diploma or equivalency, while building affordable housing in their neighborhoods. With caring adult staff and love, YouthBuild’s comprehensive model rebuilds the confidence and skills of its graduates with a strong return on investment.
In an effort to modernize its organizational structure, YouthBuild is moving from a nine-person Senior Management Team to a seven-person Executive Leadership Team. Valverde said the smaller group will more effectively steer the organization as it instills new protocols and launches new initiatives.
Members of the new Executive Leadership Team include: David Abromowitz, Chief Public Policy officer; Tim Cross, President of YouthBuild International; Erin Rodriguez, Chief Impact Officer; Suresh Shah, Chief Financial Officer; Valverde; Monica Zeno-Martin, Chief Program Officer; and Natalie P. Van Eron, YouthBuild’s first Chief Development Officer.
The changes come as Valverde approaches his one-year mark as CEO of the global non-profit. Valverde is the first previously-incarcerated person to lead a non-profit with a global mission.
“These changes are key steps that will move YouthBuild into a new chapter,” said Valverde. “I am excited to welcome Sam and Paul to the Board of Directors and look forward to learning from them as we continue to grow the YouthBuild movement. And our new Executive Leadership Team will help expand YouthBuild’s impact into the future.”
YouthBuild’s goal is to cultivate strong, responsible and ethical young people who will become the leaders of tomorrow, while supporting them to address the issues plaguing their communities.