FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AQUA FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AND TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS!
The Foundation welcomes newly appointed Executive Director Caitlin Wood and board members Jodi L. Strang Adams, Esq. and Carol Coombes to its team
Miami, FL (November 18, 2014) — Three months after announcing the resignation of its Executive Director and co-founder Robin Schwartz, Aqua Foundation for Women welcomes new Executive Director, Caitlin Wood.
A creative, passionate and results-driven non-profit professional with nearly two decades of experience in fundraising, marketing, organizational and fiscal management; Caitlin Wood recently relocated to Miami from Cincinnati, Ohio where she most recently was the Development Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Caitlin now lives in Coconut Grove with her partner, Martha Schoolman, and their daughter, Orly.
Raised in Washington, DC and Houston, Texas, Caitlin holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James Michener Fellow, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Chicago.
As a non-profit professional, Caitlin has provided fundraising, strategic planning and organizational development services to a host of nonprofit arts and social service organizations, including Educate the Children, Capital Fringe, 1812 Productions and Theatre Horizon to name a few. She has also worked for some of the leading organizations in the country, including the Arden Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Philabundance, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin.
“I have always enjoyed working with and volunteering my time time and skills to organizations that serve two of my passions: women’s equality and arts accessibility and enrichment. I am excited to work to continue to propel The Aqua Foundation for Women forward.” Says Caitlin Wood, AFW Executive Director.
Caitlin’s first day at AFW was Monday, November 10th. She will be working closely with Robin Schwartz through the middle of December when Robin transitions out her Executive Director role.
“It’s been an amazing four years and I am confident that Caitlin, with her level of expertise and many years of experience will help drive the organization to the next level.” says Robin Schwartz, Co-Founder and former AFW Executive Director.
In addition to securing a new Executive Director, the Foundation has also added to new members to its board of directors, Jodi L. Strang Adams, Esq. and Carol Coombes.
Jodi L. Strang, Esquire is a self made entrepreneur and real estate investor. She is Principal Attorney of Strang Adams, P.A., a Real Estate Law Firm, located in Miami Beach, Florida. She is an active member of several community organizations, bar associations, and serves on the Board of Directors of two condominium associations.
Carol is a veteran film festival professional with seventeen (17) years experience in film festival management. Currently, Carol holds the position of Programmer for Asian Cinema content for the 2015 Miami International Film Festival and is also handling all world-wide festival bookings for LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, a new Award Winning gay documentary. Carol received the Aqua Foundation for Women “Founders Award” for her work in the LGBTQ community of South Florida, and was also formally recognized by the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Miami Beach.
As board members, Jodi and Carol are both committed to the growth and expansion of Aqua Foundation. We look forward to their support and contributions to various committees within the organization.
“It is an exciting time at Aqua Foundation. This year, the organization celebrated 10 years of leading, building and transforming the lives of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in our community. We are looking forward to another stellar 10 years of progress.” Say Nicole Waters, AFW Board Chair.
About Aqua Foundation for Women
The mission of the Aqua Foundation for Women is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships and initiatives. Our financial contributions are awarded to local organizations addressing LBT interests such as equality, wellness, families and youth empowerment. The Foundation is also dedicated to supporting secondary education, mentoring programs, cultural enrichment, leadership growth, community service, and civic interests. Located in Miami, Florida, you can visit AFW online at www.aquafoundation.org