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Working Wardrobes names successor to founder Jerri Rosen

Bonni Pomush. Photo courtesy of Working Wardrobes.
Bonni Pomush. Photo courtesy of Working Wardrobes.

After a many months-long search with the help of Envision Consulting, an LA-based recruiting firm, the Working Wardrobes Board of Directors has named a new CEO for the popular Orange County non-profit.

Bonni Pomush is the current Executive Director of The Samueli Center for Progressive Judaism, formerly Temple Beth El. She brings 25 years of experience in the non-profit world and has a track record of securing more than $6 million in funding in a capital campaign and $1 million from events in partnership with board members and volunteers.

“I am truly thrilled by our choice,” says Working Wardrobes Founder and CEO Jerri Rosen. “After 31 years at the helm of this organization, I’m ready to retire and add new experiences to my life and I can do so knowing that we have found the right successor.”

“One of the most significant challenges during my first term as Chair of our Board of Directors was to undertake the search for a new CEO,” said Cyndi Karapogosian, Working Wardrobes Board Chair. “Replacing Jerri after 31 years was no easy feat! We are truly delighted with the selection of Bonni Pomush, who brings tremendous leadership skills and fundraising prowess to the organization and will ensure a seamless transition. I’m so pleased that Jerri and Bonni have quickly established a wonderful rapport and friendship that will benefit everyone,” Karapogosian added.

Ms. Pomush has a master’s degree in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University and extensive experience in creating and implementing strategic plans and sustainable systems, working with boards to accomplish a mission, developing and leading high-performing teams, engaging diverse stakeholders, and producing measurable results.

Originally from the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix, AZ, she administered programs for 15 years in government agencies. After making the move to Orange County in 2009, she joined the nonprofit world at The Samueli Center.

“I am so inspired by Working Wardrobes mission and can hardly wait to help be a part of helping accomplish it!” says Pomush. “There is no better match for my passions, strengths, and abilities than to serve this organization, and ultimately our treasured community. Together, we will continue to strengthen and grow the incredibly powerful and important work that Jerri saw the need for, and answered the calling, to address. I want to put my strengths & talents to work to help others overcome challenges and achieve the dignity of work, and the Power of a Paycheck.”

Bonni Pomush will officially begin her tenure with Working Wardrobes on November 8. She will engage in a listening tour over the coming weeks; talking to the organization’s staff, volunteers, clients and donors. Jerri Rosen will depart the organization on December 31 and Ms. Pomush will assume the full responsibilities of CEO on January 1, 2022.

This article was released by Working Wardrobes.