Holy Names University Appoints Three New Trustees

Holy Names University announced today the election of Bryan Parker, Agnieszka Winkler, and Soraya Wright to the university’s board of trustees.

“We are very excited to welcome Bryan Parker, Agnieszka Winkler, and Soraya Wright to the Holy Name University’s Board of Trustees,” said James D. Falaschi, chair of the board and managing partner of Jack London Square Partners. “They bring a breadth of financial, legal, personal development, marketing, and risk management experience to our team.”

Bryan Parker is vice president of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides dialysis services in the United States for patients with chronic kidney failure. Prior to joining DaVita, Parker volunteered for nine months with the Obama presidential campaign’s finance committee and served as the chief operating officer of Affinity Media, a global digital media company. He has twelve years corporate experience in finance, legal affairs, technology, and marketing, and was recently appointed a commissioner for the Port of Oakland. Parker received a bachelor’s degree in political economy of industrial societies from the University of California, Berkeley and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

Agnieszka Winkler, a 1967 graduate from Holy Names University,has served as a regent for HNU and on the university’s marketing advisory board and campaign steering committee. Winkler is an acknowledged expert in marketing and founder of The Winkler Group. She is the author of Warp Speed Branding and was named Woman Advertiser of the Year by McCall’s magazine. Since selling her company, Winkler has become a leader in the movement to incorporate spirituality into business.

Soraya Wright is the vice president of global risk management at The Clorox Company in Oakland. She has held roles of increasing responsibility in risk management, including leading and executing risk finance strategies, directing self-insurance and claims management programs and leading Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs. Wright is a 1986 graduate of Holy Names University and active in the Oakland community. She co-chairs The Clorox Company’s African-American Employee Resource Group and has served on the boards of the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Foundation and the East Oakland Youth Development Center, which develops social and leadership skills in youth to prepare them for employment and higher education.

In anticipation of the board’s expansion, HNU trustees have created several new committees, including a board development committee, a mission effectiveness committee, a marketing committee, and an investment committee.

“These new board committees are essential in meeting the challenges that face higher education institutions today,” HNU President William J. Hynes said. “The new trustees are not only trusted community leaders, but wonderful role models for our students. Their work with other HNU leadership will further the university’s commitment to educating students to their highest potential.”

For additional information or to schedule an interview, contact HNU Director of Marketing and Public Relations Lesley Sims at 510.436.1405 or sims@hnu.edu.

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