Ohio - The city of Cincinnati promoted Nicollette Staton to the position of chief performance officer and director of the Office of Performance and Data Analytics. She had served in an interim capacity since February when Leigh Tami accepted a position at the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. Staton began her career with the city in March 2017 as a performance and data analyst. In October 2017, she became the city's analytics and innovation manager. Before joining Cincinnati, Staton held a fellowship in strategy and information with the city of Hamilton, Ohio.
Illinois - The city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs announced Kwame Amoaku as director of the Chicago Film Office on July 15. He succeeds Rich Moskal who retired in November 2018. Amoaku is a 25-year veteran of the film industry with experience as an executive producer, director, assistant director, production manager, location manager, actor, and writer.
Florida - The University of South Florida has selected Steven Currall as its seventh president. He takes over for former President Judy Genshaft who retired after 19 years. Currall previously served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at a private university in Dallas and as the chancellor's senior advisor for strategic projects and initiatives and professor of management at the University of California, Davis. He also was a professor at a business school in London, vice dean of enterprise at the University College London, and associate professor at a private university in Houston.
Wisconsin - Effective Aug. 5, Brenda Gonzalez will be the new director of community relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UMW). She succeeds Leslie Orrantia who accepted a position as deputy mayor for the city of Madison, Wisconsin. Gonzalez is currently the diversity manager for a hospice care facility. She previously served as the community marketing and health equity manager for a group health cooperative and at UMW as its health equity career development program manager.
Maryland - Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young appointed Steve Sharkey as the city's transportation director and promoted Chichi Nyagah-Nash to director of the Department of General Services. Sharkey previously served as the general services director. He takes over for interim director Frank Murphy who filled in after Michelle Pourciau resigned in April. Sharkey also served as director of special projects for the Baltimore Police Department and as division chief of special services and property management. Prior to those positions, he was a senior analyst and deputy director at CitiStat. Nygah-Nash was deputy director for Baltimore's Department of General Services. She previously served as assistant deputy director in the city's Department of Human Resources and director of special projects in the Department of Housing and Community Development. Before joining the city, Nygah-Nash was a program administrator for security and investigations at a foodservice distributor.