Nada Stirratt and Craig Newmark accept positions on nonprofit board
WASHINGTON, DC – July 14, 2015 – Blue Star Families (BSF), the largest and fastest growing military family engagement organization in the nation, announced today that Nada Stirratt, CEO of Verve Mobile, and Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, were appointed to the organization’s board of directors.
Stirratt and Newmark join a board team of 15 members, with diverse backgrounds in strategic planning and government relations, emerging technology, military support services, and philanthropy and nonprofit management. Sheila Casey, chief operating officer for The Hill, serves as chairman.
Blue Star Families serves in 1.5 million military family members annually through its programs and resources with 47 chapters at home and overseas. With strong ties into all branches of service, the nonprofit is nationally recognized for leading innovative programs and special initiatives that address the challenges faced by military families; including its Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. The largest of its kind, the Survey provides concrete data and information about prominent aspects of the military lifestyle, and used by the White House, Congress, the DOD, and state and local officials to help with key decisions made on behalf of service men and women and their families.
“As we continue to amplify our mission to strengthen military families and connect America to the military, we are thrilled to add these two remarkable leaders to our board,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO. “Both Nada and Craig have been longtime supporters of Blue Star Families. Nada has already been instrumental in helping us elevate our data-driven outreach to new members. And as a major advocate for military families and veterans, Craig is championing our cause by helping us effectively utilize advanced technology and social media. We’re so pleased they are sharing their expertise and support to our growing organization.”
Recently named CEO of Verve Mobile, a leader in location-based mobile marketing, Nada Stirratt is known for evangelizing new forms of media to provide value to consumers and the marketers who want to reach them. In her role as a BSF board member, she plans to translate best practices for location-based messaging into a stronger community connection for Blue Star Families and its members. “I am passionate about the work that Kathy and Blue Star Families are doing to build a deeper community with greater economic opportunities for Americans who have made significant sacrifices for our freedom,” said Stirratt. “I believe there is more the corporate world can do to provide jobs, training, funding and other incentives to assist veterans and military families.”
Founder of craigslist and craigconnects, Craig Newmark has a focused passion for the military community and helping nonprofits creatively connect with their constituencies and build involvement as well as fundraising capacity. “Military families also serve our country, they’re a big deal, and Blue Star Families supports them in the ways that matter. I’m honored to serve on the Board of Directors and offer outreach and support for this worthwhile military family nonprofit network”, said Newmark.
About Nada Stirratt
Recently named CEO of Verve Mobile, Nada Stirratt has a proven track record transforming and scaling businesses across the data-driven marketing landscape. Prior to her appointment in April 2015, Stirratt was chief revenue officer at Acxiom; responsible for the company’s global client-facing initiatives.
Prior to Acxiom, Nada served as chief revenue officer of Myspace, culminating in its sale to Specific Media. Before NewsCorp, Nada served as executive vice president of Digital Advertising at Viacom, where she oversaw advertising sales, strategy, and operations for the MTV Networks properties.
Nada joined MTV Networks from nearly a decade at AOL; first serving as senior vice president at Moviefone, culminating in its sales to AOL in 1999, and then in the same capacity at Advertising.com, which was sold to AOL in 2004.
About Craig Newmark
A self-described nerd, Web pioneer, speaker, philanthropist, and advocate of technology for the public good, Craig Newmark was named “Nerd-in-Residence” by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation in recognition of his volunteer work with the department to enhance services to veterans.
He is the founder of craigslist, the almost completely free online classified advertising site that has seen more than 5 billion ads posted. While no longer part of management, Newmark continues to work with craigslist as a customer service representative in what he calls a “lightweight” capacity.
Today, Newmark’s primary focus is craigconnects, which he launched in March 2011. The mission of craigconnects in the short term is to promote and enhance the use of technology and social media to benefit philanthropy and public service. He uses the craigconnects platform to support effective organizations working for veterans and military families, open government, public diplomacy, journalistic ethics and accountability, consumer protection, election protection, and voter registration.
In addition to Blue Star Families, Newmark serves on boards for the Poynter Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, Consumers Union/Consumer Reports, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Journalism Review and on advisory boards of nearly 20 other nonprofits.
Newmark communicates regularly through his craigconnects blog as well as Huffington Post, Facebook, LinkedIn, Medium, and Twitter. He travels the country speaking about issues, appearing on behalf of organizations he supports, and delivering his craigconnects message to audiences nationwide.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families (BSF) is a national, nonprofit network by and for military families from all ranks and services, including active duty, National Guard and reserves. Blue Star Families strengthens military families and connects America to the military through a robust array of morale, empowerment, education and employment programs. Founded by military spouses in 2009, the organization has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 1.5 million military family members annually, including wounded and transitioning service members and their loved ones. Free BSF worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. For more information, please visit bluestarfam.org.