Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The NEA Foundation Names New Board Officers, Members

WASHINGTON, DC (September 13, 2010) - Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, Chairman and CEO of The Oliver Group, has been named Chair of the NEA Foundation Board of Directors.  Mark Chichester, Executive Vice President of Atlas Research LLC Group, has been named Vice-Chair.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to chair the NEA Foundation Board of Directors,” said Oliver-Farrow.  “I look forward to taking a leadership role in furthering the Foundation’s work to create powerful and sustainable improvements in teaching and learning.”

Oliver-Farrow has been a NEA Foundation board member for six years and, in addition to her more than 40 years of public relations, marketing and production experience, she has served on several corporate boards including Carefirst, Inc.; Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc.; and the Advisory Board of Comcast Cable of Washington, DC.  Since 1995, she has served as a Trustee of the Hispanic College Fund and was chair of its board. She holds numerous national awards for her contributions to the business community.

Mark Chichester has been a NEA Foundation board member for four years and has more than 16 years of senior management experience in a career that has spanned the public and private sectors, including stints at General Instrument Corporation, the US Department of State, the Institute for International Public Policy, and, most recently, the Aspen Institute. He holds degrees in business and law from The George Washington University and held a Shapiro Fellowship in the Republic of Korea.

“Elizabeth and Mark are recognized leaders—visionaries, more accurately--in their respective fields,” said Harriet Sanford, President & CEO of the NEA Foundation. “The impact of their work is recognized across the business, non-profit, and government sectors and is matched by their demonstrated commitment to education reform and to enhanced life opportunities for all children. The Foundation will continue to benefit from their vision, dedication, and expertise as they move into new leadership roles on our Board.  I am truly honored by their service.”

In addition to announcing the officers, the NEA Foundation has named two new members to its board: Robert Adams Jr., Program Officer at The Fetzer Institute; and Jerry L. Johnson, Vice President of RLJ Equity Partners.  

Both bring a diverse professional background to the board.  Adams Jr. is an education policy specialist and advocate with a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin.  He has conducted extensive research in the area of education reform and equity in the United States and abroad.  

In addition to his expertise as a principal at a private equity firm, Johnson has served in leadership roles with a wide range of local, state and international organizations, including:  the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Asia Society, and the Aspen Institute. In 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as a White House Fellow to serve as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense.  

About The NEA Foundation
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