Books For Africa
BFA Board President Jote Taddese is an advocate for literacy with a deep passion for how innovation in technology enables access to quality education for students in under-served schools and communities worldwide. Born and raised in Oromia, Ethiopia, and educated in Nairobi, Kenya and the U.S., Jote has over 17 years of information technology experience in government and corporate sectors, and is currently a Distinguished IT Advisor within Medtronic Global IT organization for the Enterprise Information Architecture practice, and is the Chairman of the Medtronic Africa Focus Team.
BFA President-Elect Joanna "Joni" Sussman is a children’s book publisher with Lerner Publishing Group, a longtime supporter of Books For Africa. She believes that books – on the African continent and throughout the world - line the pathway to a better world. With expertise in children’s publishing, as well as book production and printing, she has worked on a variety of projects for Books For Africa. A sought-after speaker on the subject of children’s literature, Joni has also served on a number of boards, including the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, where she also served as president.