The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) has appointed a new executive director, Jennifer Markas, who begins work Sept. 10. Bernadette Mack, the outgoing executive director, will work with Markas during her transition until the end of the month.
Markas was most recently responsible for sustainability reporting and communications at Tiffany & Co. Her role focused on developing an effective communications strategy to help consumers, investors, and employees better understand the retail brand’s sustainability efforts, including workplace diversity and inclusion, human rights in the supply chain, and global conservation efforts. During her tenure at the company, she helped organize its first employee resource group for women. Prior to joining Tiffany & Co., she served as vice president at Citi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Citibank, where she managed an $86 million annual budget and she also founded and headed development for Damsels in Design, a networking organization that fostered professional and educational opportunities for women in the design industry in New York City and beyond.
“Jennifer’s passion for women’s issues coupled with an understanding of the jewelry and design industries uniquely prepares her to support our members and partners and lead WJA’s efforts to advance equality and diversity in the fine jewelry and watch industries,” says WJA President Jenny Gates Luker. In related news, the WJA has moved its headquarters back to New York City.