GHP Search Works With Thrive Scholars to Add Four Directors to the National Board

GHP Search was retained by Thrive Scholars to help expand their National Board of Directors. New members identified by GHP include Brian Baron VP, data and analytics at Electronic Arts, Miriam Daniel, VP & general manager, Google Maps for Consumers at Google, Eva De La Rosa, managing director, head of iShares Marketing for the Americas at BlackRock, and Vincent Shorter, SVP & CIO, medical segment at Cardinal Health.

Brian Baron serves as Vice President of Data & Analytics for Electronic Arts (EA). Before joining EA, he was Vice President, Omni Channel Analytics for Tailored Brands, Inc. Mr. Baron was also previously an executive at Nike, progressing into positions of increasing accountability to Senior Analytics Director, North America, where he enabled the acceleration of Nike’s Global Digital Commerce business through advanced data capabilities and insights. Mr. Baron holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from UCLA.

Miriam Daniel is a technology executive known for driving transformative innovation with inclusive global reach and impact. As VP & General Manager of Google Maps, her team helps users explore and navigate the world. Previously, as Vice President at Amazon, she was one of the creative minds behind Echo devices and Alexa assistant. Her career also spans key tech advancements at Intel from the first WiFi enabled laptops to Intel’s first cellular connected mobile devices. Early in her career she also held consulting roles in healthcare and financial services. Ms. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, India.

Eva De La Rosa is currently Managing Director, Head of iShares Marketing for the Americas at BlackRock, where she is working to scale distribution strategies of the iShares brand across paid, owned, and earned marketing channels dedicated to reaching existing and new BlackRock clients. Previously she was Head of Global Payments Marketing at Citigroup. Ms. De La Rosa has also held senior level positions at Coca-Cola, British Petroleum, and American Express, where she led the launch of The Platinum Card in Latin America. Ms. De La Rosa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.

Vincent Shorter is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Medical Segment at Cardinal Health. In this role he is responsible for leading teams committed to providing overall IT service delivery including strategic planning and applications management. Before joining Cardinal Health Mr. Shorter served as VP, Information Technology for Conagra Brands. He has also held technology-oriented global roles with companies like Abbott and Bayer, and is a retired U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Shorter earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University and a dual master’s degree in business management and information technology management from Webster University.

Thrive Scholars began as a scholarship program focused on high-achieving Black and African American students in South Central Los Angeles who were the first in their family to go to college. Established in 2001 under the name South Central Scholars (SCS) by philanthropists James and Patricia London, we quickly realized the need for a multi-stage, integrated program of support.
In addition to Black students, SCS soon began supporting Latino, Indigenous, and other Scholars of color throughout college with scholarships, academic intervention, academic and social-emotional support, and career guidance and networking. Within a few years, we yielded impressive results: 90% of Scholars (many of whom were first-gen) were attending Harvard, Brown, Williams, USC, and other very selective schools were graduating within 6 years.
In 2020, we became Thrive Scholars, reflecting our commitment and dedication to helping our Scholars thrive in college and their chosen careers. Thrive Scholars is rooted in our clear conviction that where talented students of color are concerned, our society needs a new goal, a new way forward. As we embark on the next stage in our journey — expanding to new cities and growing the number of students we serve — our name speaks to the future and exemplifies the core of our work.
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