Onondaga Historical Association Appoints Lisa Romano Moore as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) announces the appointment of Lisa Romano Moore as Executive Director, effective January 1, 2023. Romano Moore succeeds Gregg Tripoli, who is retiring from OHA on December 31, 2022. OHA is a private nonprofit educational association of heritage related services, museums, research and educational centers, and retail operations.

“Lisa brings a wealth of nonprofit and leadership expertise to OHA, where she has served as director of development since February 2020,” said Board President James Stoddard, Jr. “Her strategic vision, collaborative skills, and dedication to OHA’s mission have been essential to OHA’s success over the past three years, making her the best choice to lead the organization into the future.”

Before joining OHA, Romano Moore was the Vice President for Development and Executive Director at the Onondaga Community College (OCC) Foundation from 2015-2019. Other prior roles include serving as Vice President of Development and Marketing at the CNY Community Foundation, the Director of Development for Say Yes to Education – Syracuse, and a variety of advancement roles at Syracuse University, including Assistant Dean for Advancement at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Romano Moore has been a board member for the American Lung Association, the Central New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Women’s Fund of Central New York, On Point for College, and the Mountain Goat Foundation. She is a current trustee of the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville, as well as the Seward House Museum in her hometown of Auburn. She is a Leadership Greater Syracuse alumna and has been recognized with the Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and Women in Business awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.

“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to lead our wonderful staff and serve my community,” said Romano Moore. “OHA is a dynamic participant in the growth and development of this region. Our work is relevant to all ages, all walks of life, and all cultural backgrounds, including the Haudenosaunee. As we prepare for new changes and challenges on the horizon, our programs, activities, and exhibits throughout the community will remind newcomers to this area of our rich history, and the generations of people who influence and inspire the pride we have in this place. I look forward to collaborating with OHA’s partners, staff, visitors, and supporters to continue to build on this important work.”

The Board thanked Gregg for his 15 years of leadership at OHA, saying: “He has helped this important community organization to grow, connect with new partners and initiatives, and broaden its reach. It is because of Gregg’s dedication to collecting, preserving, and sharing Onondaga County’s history that we are able to look forward to a bright future under Lisa’s leadership in 2023 and beyond.”

“It has been my great pleasure, for the past 15 years, to lead the oldest cultural organization in Onondaga County,” said Tripoli. “Learning about the amazing history of our community has given me a new appreciation, respect, and pride for the place I call home and I hope that, by sharing these stories, we have helped others feel the same. It has been an exciting, and rewarding, tenure for me, and OHA is well-positioned for the future. I want to thank the members, staff, and board of OHA, as well as the community in general, for their support, generosity, and dedication that helped us achieve 15 years of continued positive growth. I am grateful and fortunate to have had the opportunity to play a small part in OHA’s impressive 160-year legacy.”