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Madhu Sharma Selected as IIA Executive Director

The International Institute of Akron’s Board of Directors has finalized its selection of Madhu N. Sharma as Executive Director. Sharma has held the position of Acting Executive Director since the passing of IIA’s previous leader, Elaine Woloshyn, last Christmas.
As a human rights and immigration attorney, Sharma possesses a strong foundation of understanding regarding refugee and immigrant communities in Northeast Ohio. She brings a personal connection to the organization’s mission as she immigrated to the United States with her family from India as a child. Her history and experience in advocacy uniquely qualify her to lead IIA and the diverse populations it serves. The Institute believes that Sharma’s robust operational, communications, and leadership skills will be a valuable asset to the organization and its provision of services throughout North Hill and the greater Akron area.
Karen Richter, President of IIA’s Board of Directors, says, “Sharma’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment in IIA’s history and provides an excellent opportunity for the organization to renew and strengthen its strategy and mission.” The International Institute of Akron is happy to officially welcome Madhu N. Sharma as Executive Director and continue in its mission with her leadership.



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