Friday, January 21, 2011

The NEA Foundation Hires Liz Dunning as Director of Programs

WASHINGTON, DC (January 21, 2011) -- The NEA Foundation today announced that Liz Dunning has been named its new Director of Programs. She will guide the design, implementation, and management of programs affecting the Foundation’s mission and activities to strengthen public education reform.

Prior to joining the NEA Foundation, Dunning was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing primarily on organizational development and change issues for private- and public-sector clients. Her projects ranged widely: from the creation of a career development and professional development model for intelligence analysts to redesigning the strategic project management approach for a life insurance company.

“I was impressed by Liz’s passion for public education,” said Harriet Sanford, the NEA Foundation president and CEO.  “That, coupled with her expertise in systems change, brings us a combination of skills that I believe will serve the Foundation well, as we continue our efforts to create powerful and sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.”

Dunning has also served as the Director of Programs for the Higher Achievement Program, a DC nonprofit focusing on academic enrichment for middle school students, and as a Training Consultant for NeighborWorks America, designing community economic development curriculum for practitioners.

She received a Masters of Business Administration from Yale School of Management, with concentrations in Strategy and Nonprofit Management, and a Bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.

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