The Blues Foundation Selects New President & CEO

MEMPHIS, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Barbara B. Newman has been named to succeed Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer at the Memphis-based organization, starting on October 1st.

Ms. Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian with deep ties to the city that annually hosts the world's two major blues music events-the International Blues Challenge and the Blues Music Awards-and is now home to the physical Blues Hall of Fame, expected to draw thousands of visitors annually.

She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, later adding advanced training in accounting, money and banking, and corporate finance during her tenure with New York-based National Westminster Bank, USA.

Upon her return to Memphis, she began non-profit work with the Bornblum Solomon Schechter School Board of Directors, serving as Treasurer, Vice-President of both Administration and Fundraising, and President. From 2007 to the present, she served as Executive Director of Beth Sholom Synagogue, where her responsibilities included financial administration, communications, human resources, and facility management. She has also been active leader engaged with Board development, fundraising, and strategic planning for Planned Parenthood,Greater Memphis Region.

She is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Folk Alliance International. – Staff Writers