Rothenberg Accepts New Position; Theis to Serve as Interim Director
Columbus – ProgressOhio founder and Executive Director Brian Rothenberg has accepted a new position and is transitioning away from day-to-day operations. Sandy Theis will be serving as Interim Executive Director while the organization’s Board of Directors begins the search for a permanent successor.
“It’s hard to believe, but when I started ProgressOhio in 2006 there was no such thing as an iPhone and Twitter was two weeks old. I never could have imagined the journey we were undertaking, but I couldn’t be more proud of where we are today,” said Rothenberg.
“Brian launched ProgressOhio eight years ago and helped it become a strong progressive voice that has made a difference in lives throughout the state. We will miss him, but we are committed to keeping that voice strong, ” said Antoinette Wilson, CEO and co-founder of Triumph Communications, who serves as ProgressOhio Education board chair.
Rothenberg will be moving to Detroit, Michigan, to work as Senior Advisor for Communications for the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).
Theis previously served on ProgressOhio’s board (2007-2008) and has worked side-by-side with ProgressOhio on a number of issues over the years, most recently on a project to promote better accountability for Ohio charter schools.
“ProgressOhio has been a vital champion of social reform on an amazingly large array of topics,’’ Theis said. “I’m honored to help this group through its transition and keep Ohio’s progressive voice strong, and now we need that voice more than ever.”
Prior to starting her own public affairs consulting business in 2006, Theis was among Ohio’s most well-respected journalists, ending her 25-year newspaper career as Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. She also serves on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.
ProgressOhio is a 400,000-member organization that is one of Ohio’s leading progressive voices. It began in 2006, as the second member of the ProgressNow network, and also is affiliated with USAction. It operates as a 501(c)(4) non-profit that is dedicated to building an Ohio that works for everybody. Its sister organization is ProgressOhio Education Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit that educates members about the issues facing our state and promotes voter education.