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DCAD names Realtor® Stephen Mottola to its Board of Trustees

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Stephen Mottola of The Mottola Group, Long & Foster Real Estate, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. He will serve a term through 2020.

Mottola is a veteran of Delaware’s corporate sector, working for companies like MBNA, DuPont, First USA/Bank One and Barclay’s and helping develop the Wilmington riverfront before and after receiving his real estate license in 1987. He has worked full-time in the real estate field since 2008, creating The Mottola Group in 2004. His firm serves the entire state of Delaware; Chester and Delaware counties and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; southern New Jersey shore communities; and Maryland.

Mottola has received the Real Estate Dozen national sales award and become a lifetime member of the New Castle County Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. The Mottola Group, which includes 30 agents and has surpassed $146 million in sales volume, has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal regularly and listed among the REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America multiple times.

In addition to his role with DCAD, Mottola is a vice president on the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Board of Directors and a member and past commodore of the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Board of Trustees. He also has chaired the St. Francis Foundation and served as a member of the St. Francis Hospital Board and the Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County Advisory Board. Mottola has been active with Friends of Brandywine Creek State Park, The Delaware Contemporary, the Jefferson Awards, Friends of Woodburn and East Side Charter School as well. He and Mottola Group employees also donate time and funds to a range of local nonprofit causes as part of their workplace activities. In 2017, Mottola received the Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Brandywine in recognition of his extensive volunteer work and community involvement.

“Stephen brings both an eye for design and a wealth of experience within the Wilmington business community to our Board,” said DCAD trustee chairman Thomas J. Shopa. “Just as importantly, he brings a passion for giving back that will help us focus on new fundraising goals to enhance the College’s student body.”

Mottola is a native of Delaware. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Elon, N.C.

LGBTQ+ activist Sarah McBride joins DCAD Board of Trustees

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Sarah McBride, an internationally known activist for LGBTQ+ rights who serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, has been elected to the Delaware College of Art and Design Board of Trustees. She will serve a term through 2021.

“The work of DCAD is not just central to training the next generation of artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers, it is also at the heart of building a thriving Wilmington,” McBride said. “As someone who personally understands the impact of an arts education, I’m incredibly honored to join the Board of DCAD and to help build on its reputation as a college that welcomes and supports students of all backgrounds.”

McBride earned a bachelor’s degree from American University, where she served as student body president and made national headlines when she came out as a transgender woman in the institution’s student newspaper at the end of her presidency. The Wilmington native received her high school diploma from Cab Calloway School of the Arts, where DCAD recently launched a dual-credit program.

“Sarah’s personal experiences bring to our Board a depth of understanding around issues affecting many members of DCAD’s student population,” said trustee chairman Thomas J. Shopa. “Her political and advocacy expertise enriches the Board’s ability to conduct the work necessary to fulfill DCAD’s mission as an educational and community resource.”

In addition to her role with DCAD, McBride is a member of the Equality Delaware Board of Directors. With that organization, she helped lead the effort to increase protections under Delaware’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws to cover gender identity and expression.

Also in Delaware, McBride worked for both Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden. In Washington, D.C., she interned at the White House and then worked at the Center for American Progress before joining the staff of the Human Rights Campaign.

At HRC, she serves as a spokesperson for the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization in the United States. The HRC’s three million members, supporters and employees envision a world where LGBTQ+ people are ensured basic equal rights; are safe to be open and honest about themselves at home, in the workplace and throughout every community; and are embraced as full members of society.

McBride became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. She published a memoir, “Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality,” earlier this year.

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