NEW YORK, June 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Board of Trustees announced today that Michael Osso has been selected as the next President & CEO of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. For the past two years, Osso has served as the Foundation's Chief Business Development Officer where he has been instrumental in expanding CCFA's revenue portfolio and has been an integral member of the senior leadership team.
"Michael's passion for our mission and commitment to the patients we serve, coupled with his proven success and vast experience, make him the ideal person to lead CCFA into the future," said Richard J. Geswell, President & CEO. "I will head into retirement knowing that we have the right leader in place to take CCFA to the next level."
Osso has spent his entire professional career in the non-profit sector. His background in staff and volunteer development; fundraising and marketing; strategy development and implementation; financial management and operations; and community-outreach and board development has benefited a variety of nonprofits over the last 25 years.
Prior to joining CCFA, Osso spent seven years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) – first as the Executive Director of its New York City Chapter and then as SVP of Revenue at the national office. His responsibilities included oversight of LLS's national fundraising campaigns including Team In Training and Light The Night Walk, as well as its major and planned giving efforts. Osso is a graduate of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
"There has never been a more exciting time in CCFA history than now," said Michael Osso, CCFA's President & CEO elect. "The progress we have made over the past ten years under Rick's leadership has been tremendous, and I look forward to being able to build upon that success. I believe the Foundation is on the brink of game-changing breakthroughs for our patients."
Osso will assume the role of President & CEO on August 1, 2015. He is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Manhattan with his partner of 12 years. An avid singer, he is a member of the performing group Forte. This summer, he is showing his personal commitment to the cause by participating in the Napa-to-Sonoma Half Marathon as part of CCFA's endurance and training fundraising program, Team Challenge.
Established in 1967, CCFA is a private, national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Since its inception, CCFA has funded more than $250 million in research and has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients, caregivers and physicians.
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest non-profit voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org, call 888-694-8872, like us on Facebook, find us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter.
SOURCE Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America