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3/12/2020 Member News

The Florida Holocaust Museum Announces New Board Members

March 10, 2020 [St. Petersburg, FL] - The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) elects two new members to the Museum's Board of Directors, Dr. Tonjua Williams and Irv Cohen.

Enhancing students' access, success and the quality of their experiences are the most treasured values of Dr. Tonjua Williams who became the seventh president of St. Petersburg College in 2017. Nationally recognized as an expert in transforming departments and institutions through student development and strategic planning, she has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her 31-year career as a leader in post-secondary education. Most recently she won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's leadership award and was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Under her leadership, St. Petersburg College was named sixth best among public and private colleges in Florida, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2020 study. That same study ranked SPC at number 17 among the top 84 public schools in the southern region, which is comprised of 12 states.

"In our complex and ever-changing world, we need to create a community of care that ties us together, builds a strong society, and is focused on the common good for all. Social justice has and will always be key to creating a community where all can learn, grow, work and play. Our communities must come together. Be agile. Be accommodating. Be creative. This is why I am proud to be a member of The Florida Holocaust Museum's Board of Directors because I know that educating future generations is the most effective way to promote social justice for all and ensure that atrocities such as the Holocaust never happen again," said Williams.

After spending over 30 years as a Wall Street executive, including a position as Senior Exec for JP Morgan in which Irv Cohen relocated 2500 high paying jobs to the Tampa Bay area, he now lends his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Seedfunders as a Managing Partner. Most recently he co-founded The St. Petersburg Group, whose mission is to drive progress in the public sector with private sector strategies. Cohen is also an investor in the St. Pete Catalyst, an online St. Pete focused daily news publication. Cohen is dedicated to supporting the development of our local entrepreneurial economy, and is highly engaged in the non-profit sector.

"Having been a longtime supporter of The Florida Holocaust Museum, I am grateful to be joining this esteemed board. I am looking forward to bringing my extensive business acumen in the for profit and not for profit world, as well as my expertise in business strategy to further support the growth and development of the museum," said Cohen. 

The Florida Holocaust Museum's mission is to honor the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust and to teach members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.

Dr. Tonjua Williams

Irv Cohen


The Florida Holocaust Museum slate of Board Officers for 2019-2020 is listed below.

Michael Igel, Board Chair

Rachael Worthington, Vice Chair Development

Alexandra Band, Vice Chair External Affairs

Robin K. Warren, Vice Chair Governance

Joshua Bomstein, Vice Chair Operations

David Alvarez, Treasurer

Jonathan Stein, Secretary

About The Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit