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.