To help further its educational outreach, MJSA has named Peggy Jo Donahue director of its non-profit MJSA Education Foundation. As director, Donahue will be responsible for developing educational programs and initiatives to help ensure the industry maintains a qualified, competitive workforce.
Well-known throughout the industry for her broad-ranging contacts and exceptional communication skills, Donahue formerly served as Director of Public Affairs at MJSA, a position she held since joining the association in 2009. She is also the former editor in chief of both JCK and Professional Jeweler magazines, and her honors include two Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and the Women’s Jewelry Association Award for editorial excellence.
The Foundation, a 501(c)3 subsidiary of MJSA, currently sponsors several seminar series and conferences, including the "At the Bench Live" demonstrations at AGTA GemFair Tucson; the seminar program at MJSA Expo New York; and the MJSA ConFab conference in New York City, which focuses on "profit lessons" for designers. In addition, the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group has, since 1997, generated nearly $165,000 to support U.S. students enrolled in jewelry-design and jewelry-making programs.
"Peggy Jo’s contacts, energy, and knowledge of the industry are exactly what the Foundation needs to further its educational outreach," said Dave Meleski, president of the Richline Group and chair of the MJSA Education Foundation. "We look forward to having her lead the Foundation to its next level of success."