NAMIC Promotes James Jones, Sandra Girado

NAMIC has promoted two executives, James C. Jones and Sandra Girado, the diversity organization announced Tuesday.

Jones has been promoted to senior vice president of education and diversity solutions, where he will continue to manage NAMIC’s flagship education programs, including The Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), NAMIC Leadership Seminars and the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program. Additionally, Jones will oversee the trade association's Chapter and Membership operations, said the organization.

Girado has been upped to vice president of events and partner relations and will continue to oversee the production and management of NAMIC’s portfolio of national events and corporate meetings, including the Annual NAMIC Conference and Annual Awards Breakfast. Girado will also play a larger role in stewarding the association's strategic partnerships and establishing relationships with new stakeholders and supporters.

Additionally, Girado will oversee marketing and communications for NAMIC National.

 “Jim and Sandra have provided valuable leadership for over ten years, with each of them making strong contributions to NAMIC's development," said Eglon E. Simons, president and CEO, NAMIC in a statement. "I look forward to their guidance and leadership in advancing NAMIC's mission as we continue to deliver critical professional development resources that support increased diversity and inclusion."  

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