BY ISN STAFF | September 11, 2018
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to welcome Andrea M. Hattler Bramson, Dave Johnson, Adria Renke, and Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi. The new members of ISN’s national governance board will serve three-year terms which officially began on July 1, 2018.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network is a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led 501(c)(3) organization working in partnership with universities, high schools, and parishes sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners.
Andrea M. Hattler Bramson has been a trustee of the Loyola Foundation of Fairfax Virginia since 1983. The Loyola Foundation, established in 1957, is focused on supporting overseas Catholic missions, as well as specific Catholic and social justice activities in the United States.Hattler Bramson has served on the boards of SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious!), NCEA (National Catholic Education Association), and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and as a member and president of the pastoral council at St John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston, Virginia.
Hattler Bramson retired from the U.S. government in August of 2017 where she had worked in the Intelligence Community since 1985. While in this role, Hattler Bramson was involved in major leadership training programs as a developer and instructor. Born in Arlington, VA and raised in Puerto Rico, she is a native Spanish speaker and is also fluent in Portuguese. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Studio and Spanish from the University of South Carolina.
She is married to Brian H. Bramson and has three children and one grandchild.
Dr. Dave Johnson assumed his role of Associate Provost and Chief Student Affairs Officer at Xavier University on July 1, 2012. Student Affairs supports students’ social integration into the University community; its mission is to facilitate and promote leadership development, wellness, identity development, and a commitment to spirituality and social justice. During his time at Xavier, Johnson has also served as the Executive Director for the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (2010-2011) and as the Director for Peace and JusticePrograms (2007-2010).
Prior to his time at Xavier University, Johnson worked five years for the SHARE Foundation, a non-governmental organization that promotes economic development in El Salvador, worked at St. John’s University in Minnesota, served as a teacher in Belize, and biked from the southernmost tip of Argentina to Minnesota.
Johnson has his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH; his research focused on leadership practices and institutional change that promotes student success. He received his master’s degree in theology with a concentration in social ethics from Boston College and has a Bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.
Adria Renke is the president of Brophy College Preparatory School, the Jesuit high school in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the first woman to be named president of a Jesuit high school in the United States. Prior to her tenure as president, Renke served for 20 years as vice president at Brophy.
Renke attended the University of Michigan and received a degree in education. She spent her early professional career in education as an elementary school teacher, a middle and high school permanent substitute and, for 20 years, as a private tutor for students with different learning abilities. She is the author of a book, Easy Home Tutoring: A Parents’ Guide, and wrote an educational column for 7 years in the state’s leading newspaper. She has been an educational lecturer, had an educational spot on all three leading television networks, and has written for educational and parenting publications.
Ms. Renke is a board member of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona and a past board member of the National Jesuit Secondary Education Association. In 2015 she was a Who’s Who in Business awardee by both the Phoenix Business Journal and Arizona Republic. In 2016 she received “Mother of Year” award from Valle del Sol.
Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and an associate professor of organizations, communication, and leadership at the University of San Francisco. She previously served as the USF Associate Vice President and Dean of Students. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi leverages the university’s mission and commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion to strengthen the campus for students, faculty, and staff and expands the university’s community engagement, particularly for multicultural and marginalized communities. She has been a leader in developing a creative framework for how the university’s mission can be more fully realized as part of the community it resides within; for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.
Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has created strategic new initiatives including: Diversity Scholar & Visiting Professor, Diverse Workforce Initiative, Stakeholder Community Forums (such as Latinas in Leadership), the Diversity Talks series, and diversity intensives (And Still We Rise, Allies in the Academy, and the USF Staff Diversity Intensive) for greater intercultural and interpersonal understanding. These activities promote more inclusive practices within USF and beyond.
She has over 20 years experience in California higher education in academic affairs, student life, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Prior to Jesuit Catholic education, she was the Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA and the Assistant Dean of Students at the California State University, San Marcos, CA. In 2014, she was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee to serve San Francisco citizens as a Library Commissioner for the San Francisco Public Library. Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi was recently awarded the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Hero Award and listed in Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders. She enjoys the arts and lives in San Francisco with her husband.