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Personnel Moves

Teach For America DFW Welcomes New COO

Plus, CBRE ramps up its DE&I efforts with two new directors, Weil, Gotshal & Manges welcomes a new partner, and more.
By Mariah Terry |
Matt Schendle, Elizabeth Ryan, and Ryan Mitchell
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Teach For America DFW

David Simpson, Chief Operating Officer

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David Simpson

David Simpson was most recently COO of HopeWorks in Memphis and brings more than 14 years of nonprofit management experience to Teach For America DFW. In that role, he will oversee internal business operations, including finance, human resources, and marketing and communications. He will also be responsible for driving forward key initiatives surrounding culture transformation, advancing racial equity, and Fort Worth impact.

Education: University of Arizona (BA), University of Phoenix (MEd)

Cushman & Wakefield

Matt Schendle, Executive Managing Director

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Matt Schendle

Matt Schendle will lead the firm’s office agency leasing practice in Dallas, overseeing more than 5.7 million square feet in North Texas. An eight-year veteran at Cushman & Wakefield, Schendle was a top-producing broker in 2020, ranking among the top 100 in the company.

Education: The University of Oklahoma (BS)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Elizabeth Ryan, Partner

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Elizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan joins Weil as a partner in the international firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice—the largest component within Weil’s litigation department. She was most recently a partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, where she won numerous trials in state and federal court.

Education: Syracuse University (BA), The College of William and Mary (JD)


Ryan Mitchell, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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Ryan Mitchell

Ryan Mitchell will take on the DE&I efforts of CBRE’s Advisory Services and Real Estate Investments businesses. His more than 20 years of experience includes former positions as vice president of talent development and D&I at Texas Capital Bank, as well as adjunct professor at Warner University.

Education: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (BS), Faulkner University (MS), Walden University (DBA)

LaTonya Woodson, Director of Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion

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LaTonya Wilson

LaTonya Woodson will lead diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions. With more than 20 years of experience, Woodson was previously a global DE&I senior manager at Korn Ferry. She is on the advisory council of the North Texas Chapter of the National Diversity Council and is a DE&I facilitator at Cornell University.

Education: Texas Christian University (BS), Amberton University (MS), University of North Texas (PhD)


Loren Brown, Media Relations Coordinator

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Loren Brown

Loren Brown joins independent public relations agency, BizCom, from CossmanPR. As media relations coordinator, Brown will provide support to BizCom clients, including Gold’s Gym and Little Caesars.

Education: The University of Oklahoma (BA)



Linda K. Massman, Board Member

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Linda K. Massman

As a board member, Linda K. Massman will aim to strengthen Caliber’s fiscal compliance for more than 1,250 service centers. She retired in 2020 from her most recent role as president and CEO of Clearwater Paper Corp. Her career includes positions at Supervalu, Accenture, Ralphs Grocery, and Bank of America.

Education: The University of North Dakota (BBA), Harvard University (MBA)

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