Monique Burr Foundation in Jacksonville and Goodwill make leadership changes
Based in Jacksonville Monique Burr Foundation for Children named former Latin Grammy Foundation President Tanya Ramos-Puig as CEO.
Ramos-Puig is among several other leadership changes recently announced at Northeast Florida nonprofits. She succeeds Lynn Layton, who retired after 14 years at the helm of the association.
The foundation develops prevention programs to educate children and teens about abuse, bullying, digital dangers, and other forms of child victimization. Board chairman Ed Burr created it in 1997 “as a legacy” to his late wife, who was a child advocate.
“After developing several evidence-based and trauma-informed programs for children and adolescents, the foundation welcomes a dynamic new leader with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector,” Burr said. “Tanya’s commitment to our life-changing work will strengthen our reach and impact.”
Ramos-Puig has about 30 years of experience in the field of “improving educational opportunities and life outcomes” for young people, according to the foundation.
She said she was “humbled and honoured” to lead the foundation, which she hailed as “an organization with a proven track record of educating and empowering children around the world with tools and strategies that ‘they can use to help adults keep them safe’.
“I am confident that the next chapter will prove to be one of growth and sustainability as we strive to fulfill our mission to protect children,” she said.
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As head of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, Ramos-Puig provided educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. His resume also includes stints as CEO of Pencils of Promise, which works to increase access to quality education for children in developing countries, and Regional Director of Education Pioneers, which recruits talent for the sector. education.
Previously, she was Senior Director of Children’s Aid in New York, which helps children in underserved communities. There, she developed a financial literacy program that has been recognized as “exemplary” by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization that studies child welfare.
Ramos-Puig holds a master’s degree in urban policy and management from The New School University and is a graduate of Columbia Business School’s nonprofit executive education program.
Goodwill Industries of North Florida
In another personnel change, Naomi Jackson has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Goodwill Industries of North Florida. Goodwill specializes in job training and placement services for people who have barriers to employment.
Jackson recently ran his own CPA firm after holding finance roles at KIPP Schools in Jacksonville and Family Support Services in North Florida. She also worked 11 years for CSX.
“We are so lucky to have Naomi Jackson join our team,” CEO David Rey said. “Naomi brings a wealth of experience…that will be invaluable as we move forward with new retail store openings, expanding mission programs and exciting partnerships on the horizon.”
Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in forensic accounting from Florida Atlantic University. She obtained her CPA license in 2008.
She said she has long been a goodwill giver and buyer.
“Now I’m learning the business from the inside out and helping to create employment opportunities and help individuals in our community achieve success beyond what they thought was possible for themselves,” she said.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
To The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, Tom Caron has been promoted to Vice President of Donor Services. The foundation makes charitable donations and grants throughout the region.
He joined the organization in 2021 as Director of Donor Services after about 10 years leading a nonprofit and most recently worked with donors at City Year Jacksonville. He is also a former member of the AmeriCorps.
His new duties include “existing donor management”, donor education programming and building relationships with the next generation of donors, according to the foundation.
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Caron “seized this opportunity to grow,” said Nina Waters, president of the foundation. “He is passionate about helping generous people realize their philanthropic vision and has already proven to be a tremendous asset in helping us maintain our reputation as a leader in donor services.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is currently working on a master’s degree in business administration from Antioch University. He has specific training in advising multi-generational donors.
Northeast Florida Nonprofit Center and Betty Griffin Center
In a few other changes, Lisa Johnson was named chair of the Northeast Florida Nonprofit Centerof the Board of Directors of, and Jayne Evans has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of Betty Griffin Center in Saint Augustine
Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer at IBM Financial Sector.
Evans is a longtime marketing and communications specialist in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
The Betty Griffin Center serves victims of domestic and sexual violence.
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