Washington, D.C. – Junior Achievement of Greater Washington is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Board members: Gigi Godwin of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Ginanne Italiano of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, Janet Osborn of Aon Corporation and Elizabeth Shore of Bank of America.
The new members join an impressive group of the nation’s business frontrunners, Greater Washington civic leaders, and educational thought leaders, dedicated to leveling the playing field for Greater Washington youth, who serve to provide guidance and support to JA's mission of teaching young people how to succeed in a global economy and inspiring confidence in the future.
“JA is thrilled to have Gigi, Ginanne, Janet and Liz join the Board,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington. “They are each well-respected in the business community and will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to drive our mission and build deeper relationships in the community.”
Georgette "Gigi" Godwin has served as the president and CEO of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce since 2007. The Chamber is an association of regional, national, and international businesses with ties to Montgomery County. Since 2008, Ms. Godwin has also served as the treasurer for the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. Ms. Godwin’s background includes federal government, business, nonprofit, and local community experience. A longtime supporter of education in Montgomery County, Ms. Godwin served on Montgomery College’s Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2011. Her recent awards include the 2012 Montgomery County Department of Correction & Rehabilitation Director’s Award for Public Support and Advocacy in Public Safety and The Daily Record’s 2013 Influential Marylander Award for her civic leadership.
Ginanne M. Italiano, IOM is President & CEO of The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, the largest and oldest chamber in Montgomery County. In 2006, the Chamber was given the highest distinction in the chamber industry by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives – that of “Chamber of the Year.” Prior, Italiano was with The Greater Washington Board of Trade for 23 years, where she directed a number of divisions including economic development, community development, and membership and workforce development. In 2016, Italiano was inducted into the prestigious Montgomery County Business Hall of Fame. She was also voted by her peers in 2011 as the MACCE Chamber Executive of the Year. In 2006 she was honored by the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women with their distinctive annual “Woman of Achievement Award.”
Janet Osborn is the Managing Director for Aon Corporation in DC, Maryland and Virginia. She leads a team of over 200 professionals to deliver exceptional advice, service and outcomes to Aon’s Risk and Health Consulting clients. Janet joined Aon (then Hewitt Associates) in 1999 after 10 years at Sallie Mae, where she held progressively larger roles in the firm’s higher education finance group, including leading the development of Sallie Mae’s first student loan origination vehicle and managing a team of 10 account leaders to secure over $1 billion in annual student loan volume. Janet is active in the local business and non-profit communities. She is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, a board member of the William & Mary Alumni Association, President of the Trustees of the Funds (endowment management oversight for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia) and a member of the William & Mary Management Consulting Advisory Board and the Washington CFA Society.
Elizabeth (Liz) Shore is the Global Commercial Banking Market Executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Bank of America. She leads the General Industries practice in Maryland, DC and Virginia. The twelve client teams reporting to Liz focus on both private and publicly held Middle Market clients with revenue sizes from $50 Million to $2 Billion. Liz has been with Bank of America and its predecessor organizations for 32 years, most of which was spent in various roles in Commercial Banking. Prior to being named Market Executive, she led the credit organization for the region. She also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Bank’s Washington DC Region LEAD for Women affinity group and serves in multiple mentoring roles. Liz is active in various civic and community affairs with current and prior roles including the Adult Advisory Board of BBYO, Inc. (Chair), the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth – National Capital Area, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, The Olney Theatre, Temple Beth Ami and on the CFO Roundtable for the MD High Tech Council.
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington is a non-profit organization that is changing the game for our region’s youth with relevant experiential education in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. We bring together school systems, business leaders and trained mentor volunteers to provide equal access to the tools, people and experiences all youth need to be 100% prepared for real life in the real world. That means students gain what matters most: control over their own lives, futures and careers. To learn more, please visit www.myJA.org.
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