Mount Aloysius President Foley noted that Mr. Ross brings a distinguished record of service and strong links to historic national and international efforts aimed at fostering basic human dignity around the world. “The OIC chose Tony Ross just weeks ago to forward their mission of “self-help” developed by American civil rights leader Reverend Doctor Leon H. Sullivan. People hearing Mr. Ross’s message should know that his work will further develop the globally successful strategy developed by the late Dr. Sullivan and adopted by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 1999. Called the “Global Sullivan Principles” – these strategies are recognized guidelines for achieving human rights by creating equal work opportunities. We are very excited to have Mr. Ross share his message and his experience with us,” he said.
Prior to being named president of OIC, Mr. Ross served as President of United Way of Pennsylvania (UWP), providing strategic leadership to the 65 United Ways in the state. Under his leadership, UWP chaired The Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions, which blends investments from private and public funders supporting the goal of increasing opportunities for lower-skilled workers through grant making, capacity building, and advocacy efforts within the state’s Targeted Industry Clusters.
He also served as UWP’s Vice President for Public Policy & Communications, where he created a Statewide Marketing Collaborative among over 30 Pennsylvania United Way marketing directors. Ross also developed public policy strategies resulting in bi-partisan support for United Way priorities such as early childhood education and human services.
At the federal level, Ross testified before the U.S. Congress about the importance of charitable giving and represented UWP at the White House Community Leaders Briefing Series.
In Harrisburg, Mr. Ross was a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector during the 2009 budget impasse and was recognized as a respected voice on policy matters in government and media circles.
In recognition of his leadership, he was appointed to several state commissions including the Pennsylvania Stimulus Oversight Commission, the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and the Auditor General Transition Committee.
In 2005, United Way of America selected Mr. Ross as one of the top leaders under 40 in the United Way movement, and in 2006, he was selected as one of Central PA’s most influential “Movers and Shapers” by Harrisburg Magazine. In 1998, Mr. Ross was recognized as one of the Ten Rising Leaders in State Government by “The Harrisburg Patriot?News.”
A Philadelphia area native, Mr. Ross is a 1991 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He began his career with the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, serving in a variety of progressively responsible capacities including, Information Specialist, Research Analyst and Executive Director.
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