Philadelphia, PA — OIC of America, Inc. today announced the appointment of Anthony L. Ross as its new President & CEO. Ross, President of the United Way of Pennsylvania since 2004, will officially take the OIC helm beginning December 9, 2013.
OICA Board Chair, Art Taylor, stated, “This position requires an individual with a unique blend of common sense, intellect, compassion and courage. Tony has demonstrated these traits throughout his career. We are expecting big things for the people we serve.”
For the past nine years, Ross provided strategic leadership to the 65 United Ways in the Pennsylvania network, serving as the chief advocate in state government and congressional matters. He also served as the organization’s Vice President for Public Policy & Communications, where he created a Statewide Marketing Collaborative that consisted of regular meeting and interaction among over 30 United Way marketing directors from across the Commonwealth and developed public policy strategies that resulted in bi-partisan support for United Way public policies such as Early Childhood education.
“I am honored and humbled by the Board’s selection,” said Ross. “I look forward to working to advance the OIC movement in the years to come.”
Howard H. Sullivan, the son of the organization’s founder, has served as OICA’s President & CEO since 2008 and officially resigned the position due to health reasons.
“I believe that Anthony’s experience with United Way will make for a perfect fit with OIC so that the important work my father started over 50 years ago will continue,” said Sullivan.
A Philadelphia area native, Ross is a 1991 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he earned his B.A. in Government.
He previously worked at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000 where he managed media and policy operations as the Executive Director of the Committee on Committees. He developed legislation on major public policy issues, including public works, public safety and education.
About OIC of America
Founded in 1964 by the late Reverend Dr. Leon Howard Sullivan, OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is a national non-profit network of employment and training programs bound together by a common commitment, to help the disadvantaged realize their true potential. With forty-four (44) affiliated programs in twenty-two (22) states and the District of Columbia, OIC has grown into a movement, which has served over two (2) million disadvantaged and under-skilled people. A philosophy of “self-help” and the system of developing the “whole person” enables individuals to become self-sufficient, productive workers. OICA prepares people for today’s workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, job skills training, and employment readiness.
The OIC Movement will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 12 -15, 2014, in Philadelphia.