Great Books Foundation Names Valentina Texera-Parissi New CEO
The Board of Directors of Chicago-based educational nonprofit organization the Great Books Foundation announced today that Valentina Texera-Parissi will succeed Joseph Coulson as Chief Executive Officer.
For 20 years, Texera-Parissi has served schools and educational organizations, helping to build ambitious curricular plans and improve learning outcomes. Prior to becoming CEO, Texera-Parissi was Executive Director of K-12 Programs for the Foundation. In this role, she led the rebranding of the Foundation and launched “Great Books Plus,” a new digital platform for Junior Great Books. Early in her career, Texera-Parissi served the Foundation as a Senior Account Manager, a formative experience that led to national and international positions with other educational organizations, including Encyclopædia Britannica, Language Stars and James G. Blaine Elementary School.
The mission of the Great Books Foundation is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value.