Great Books Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit, has named Valentina Texera-Parissi as CEO.
She replaces Joseph Coulson, who left to become president of Harrison Middleton University, based in Arizona.
“My goal is to extend the reach and the impact of the foundation’s mission to promote civil discourse, civic engagement and a more just society,” Texera-Parissi told me. She plans to beef up programming that encourages conversations among students and adults. The foundation has a $4 million annual budget.
Texera-Parissi was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and with her family lived in South America, France and Puerto Rico before landing in the United States when she was 13.
“I grew up immersed in new cultures and learned multiple languages,” Texera-Parissi said. She remembers being the only international student in her Fort Wayne, Ind., middle school. “I believe those experiences have shaped how I see the world and how I approach new situations and challenges, with an open mind and a positive attitude.”