Somes-Schloesser named OSA’s Deputy Executive Director and COO
Jayne Somes-Scholoesser has been named deputy executive director and chief operating officer (COO) of the Optical Society of America (OSA). She will be responsible for an annual budget of $30 million and will oversee society operations, including meetings, finance, legal, customer service, human resources, information technology and building administration. As the deputy executive director and COO, Somes-Schloesser will be a member of the organization’s executive team, advancing strategic directions, identifying new business development opportunities and enhancing long-term planning. She will officially take this position in August 2008. A veteran of non-profit operations, Somes-Schloesser was most recently senior vice president of operations of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), where she oversaw the development and construction of MBA's new 10-story, 170,000-square-foot LEED-certified headquarters building. Prior to this role, Somes-Schloesser was vice president of operations for the National Multi Housing Council, where she organized and coordinated human resources, accounting, meetings, information technology and general office services. Previously, she was director of operations and quality improvement for the Electronic Industries Association.