6293-World Vision Exec to Address Malone University's 120th Commencement
6293-March 19, 2012
Joan Mussa, senior vice president, mobilization, for World Vision, will address the 120th commencement ceremony for Malone University, Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10 a.m. at Faith Family Church, located at 8200 Freedom Ave NW in North Canton.
Joan Mussa has provided World Vision U.S. with leadership in communications and fundraising for more than two decades. In 1985, Mussa came to World Vision to produce fundraising videos about the Ethiopian food crisis. She was later based in Nairobi, Kenya, and worked throughout the continent before returning to the U.S. Mussa was named senior vice president for advocacy and communications in 2005. In 2009, private fundraising was added to her portfolio. Under Mussa's energetic leadership, accomplishments include a thorough brand review, development of advocacy and government relations, launch of a capital campaign, as well as award-winning print and electronic media. Among her current areas of focus, Mussa is organizing an incubator project to develop new and innovative fundraising methods. She currently leads a team of 550. Mussa holds a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She and her husband are the parents of three children.
From World Vision:
For Joan, her deep faith, love for children, and concern for the poor all came together when she joined World Vision two decades ago. Today she is senior vice president, mobilization, where she is responsible for more than 600 staff and reports to the president of the U.S. office of World Vision. Joan grew up on a farm in Minnesota and earned a bachelor's degree at Augsburg College. She went on to earn a master's in broadcast production and management from the University of Michigan. She started a broadcasting career at an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. "I was fine doing television news, but God had something else in mind," she says. In 1985, the station sent her to cover a famine in East Africa—world attention was focused on 8 million people threatened with starvation. Joan says, "I was touched by everything I saw, and it broke my heart. Going overseas to Africa during the famine was an absolute life-changing moment for me. I came back and committed myself to serve the poor." A job soon opened up with World Vision and she became a regional communicator in Nairobi, Kenya, shooting footage all over the continent. Joan later accepted a position with World Vision's U.S. office, then based in Southern California. Now, she is responsible for private and mass market fund-raising efforts, including acquiring, growing and serving more than two million supporter relationships in the U.S. She is charged with building a robust Internet presence and engaging churches, major donors, and foundations with World Vision. Joan is also responsible for the advocacy and communications departments which include public policy, all media relations, publications, a nationally broadcast radio news program and additional communications functions. Joan is a natural storyteller with a gift for inspiring and challenging audiences. She is an expert in a wide range of topics, and enjoys talking about children in need, speaking up for the poor, how God can use defining moments to shape our lives, and how we can live boldly to make a difference in the world. She believes, "God wants us to think of the world as a smaller place, which will help us to love one another more."
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
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