Election of Jonathan Galassi, Teresa Melhado and Theodore C. Rogers to the WWB Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

Contact Information
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: 917-499-8329
E-mail Address: joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: wordswithoutborders.org

New York City, New York, June 28, 2012 - Words without Borders announces the election of Jonathan Galassi, Teresa Melhado, and Theodore C. Rogers to its board of directors.

“Words without Borders is thrilled to have three such talented individuals join our board of directors,” said Samantha Schnee, Chair. “Jonathan, Teresa, and Ted each bring unique talents that will help ensure that WWB’s efforts to bridge cultures through international literature—including our burgeoning education program—remain strong, relevant, and vital. ”

JONATHAN GALASSI attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College, where he studied with Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop and served as president of the Harvard Advocate, graduating magna cum laude in 1971. Mr. Galassi became an editor in the trade division of Houghton Mifflin Company in 1973.  He was a senior editor at Random House from 1981 to 1986, when he joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux as vice-president and executive editor. He was named editor in chief of FSG in 1988, executive vice-president in 1993, publisher in 1999, and president of the firm in January 2002.  Mr. Galassi has published three books of poems:  Morning Run  (Paris Review Editions, 1988), North Street (HarperCollins, 2000), and Left-handed (Knopf, 2012). He has also translated several volumes of the work of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale: The Second Life of Art: Selected Essays (Ecco Press, 1982); Otherwise: Last and First Poems (Random House, 1984); Collected Poems: 1920–1954 (FSG, 1998); and Posthumous Diary (Turtle Point Press, 2001). He is also the editor of John Cornford’s Collected Writings (Carcanet Press, 1976). He was poetry editor of the Paris Review between 1978 and 1987.  His translations of the Canti of Giacomo Leopardi were published by FSG in November 2010.

TERESA MELHADO received an undergraduate degree (BA) from the University of Texas's Honors Program (1978), and a JD from its Law School (1980). She also attended the University of Madrid and Schiller College in Strasbourg, France. Subsequently, she practiced law in Texas for six years, specializing primarily in international law. After moving to New York, she worked for Institutional Investor from 1987 to 1989 as a financial reporter.  With the advent of motherhood and its demands on her time, Teresa switched her focus from a full-time career to philanthropy. She served on the board of the Iroquois Avenue Foundation (1998–2010), was co-chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital's Special Projects Committee (1998–2003), started her own charity (Diabetes Upbeat) in 1999, and has been an unflagging supporter of The Children's Storefront, a Harlem school for underprivileged children, for over twenty-five years. In recent years, she has lived in Italy and France. She now resides in New York.

THEODORE C. (TED) ROGERS graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a BS in Social Science.  He earned an MBA cum laude from Marquette University and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.  His career has been divided equally between industrial management and equity investing.  He served as executive vice president of Armco Steel Corporation and as chief operating officer and chief executive officer of NL Industries and is co-founder and chairman of American Industrial Partners.  He is chairman emeritus of the New York City Ballet and chairman of The Theatre for a New Audience and a member of the Executive Committee of St. John’s College Board.  He has served on numerous for-profit boards including those of four Fortune Five Hundred companies.  Ted currently serves on the board of Poets and Writers, the New York Society Library, the Film Forum, and the Theatre Communications Group and is a founding board member of the Achilles Track Club, an organization that sponsors and trains the handicapped to participate in marathon competition. In New York Ted has received the Arts and Business Award and has been recognized by the Municipal Arts Society for his work with not for profits.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science.


For additional information, please contact:
 
Contact: Joshua Mandelbaum, Executive Director
Organization Name: Words without Borders
Telephone Number: 917-499-8329
Email Address: joshua@wordswithoutborders.org
Web site Address: wordswithoutborders.org
 
Founded in 2003, Words without Borders is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. Our programs include our online magazine, facilitating conversations, both in person and online, between international authors and high school students, and the development of materials to help educators incorporate international literature into their classes. WWB has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the Guardian (UK), Vanity Fair, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as in various foreign-language papers and numerous literary blogs.