Amini C. Kajunju was named president of the African-American Institute, a U.S.-based nonprofit with a mission to strengthen human capacity in Africa. Prior to this appointment, she was the executive director of the Workshop in Business Opportunities and before that she was a project officer for the Africa Trade and Investment Initiative Program of the International Executive Service Corps, a global economic development nonprofit. A 2005 recipient of a TNJ 40 Under Forty Achievement Award, Kajunju is a founding member of the executive committee of AngelAfrica, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve African living conditions by encouraging entrepreneurship and private-sector development. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University and a master’s in public administration from N.Y.U.
Kimberly Marcus joined the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency as associate director for legislative, education and intergovernmental affairs. She will also oversee the agency’s relationships with federal, state and local elected officials and its advocacy and outreach strategies. Prior to this appointment, she was the national African-American outreach director for the Democratic National Committee, where she worked within the African-American community to emphasize the importance of the African-American vote. Before that, serving as executive director of its Public Policy Institute’s Government Relations office. For the NAACP, she served as director of economic development. Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University.
Rosalind McLymont, executive editor of The Network Journal, was appointed to the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States Sub-Saharan Advisory Committee for a one-year term, ending next July. McLymont has authored two books on Africa: Middle Ground, an award-winning novel set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the 2009 nonfiction title Africa Strictly Business: The Steady March to Prosperity. She taught English and French in Uganda and English in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1973 to 1980. She has served as an entrepreneurship development consultant for the Gender Program of the United Nations Development Program’s Africa Bureau, an adviser to the Institute on African Affairs and as an executive board member of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. McLymont has degrees from The City College of New York and New York University and has numerous awards from business, media, nonprofit and civic organizations. This year, MEA Magazine in Washington, D.C., named her one of its “50 Powerful Women in Business” and the Guyana Cultural Association honored her as a “Cultural Enabler.”
Meme Omogbai was appointed the new chair of the American Association of Museum’s (AAM) Board of Directors. Currently, she is chief operating officer of the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J. A recipient of the 2010 TNJ 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award, Omogbai is a leader in education circles in both museums and in the state of New Jersey. She is credited as the first African-American to serve as AAM board chair. As COO of the Newark Museum, Omogbai is the highest-ranking person of color in the 100-year history of the museum, New Jersey’s largest and one of North America’s most respected museums of art, science and education. She obtained both an MBA in finance and management consultancy and a B.S. in accountancy from Rutgers University.
Tina Waters, senior vice president of human performance for National Customer Operations at Comcast, was named president of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. In her role at Comcast, Waters is responsible for strategy development and implementation of employee-focused initiatives for more than 50,000 employees and leaders in customer operations. She holds board and advisory positions with national industry and community organizations, including Women in Cable Telecommunications, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the Urban League of Philadelphia. She earned her undergraduate degree at Villanova and her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Teresa Wiltz, essayist, culture critic and columnist, was appointed deputy editor of Essence magazine. She will be responsible for planning, development and editing in the news and culture department. She will also work on book features. Prior to this, Wiltz served as senior editor at TheRoot.com, where she oversaw production of the site. Throughout her career in journalism, she has written many cover stories for Essence, including its recent September 2012 cover story on actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. A seasoned multimedia senior editor and writer, she has held editorial positions at both The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune. Wiltz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.