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Bradford K. Smith Named Foundation Center President

May 21, 2008

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Bsmith_2We are pleased to announce that the board of trustees of the Foundation Center has named Bradford K. Smith as the center's next president. Smith, who will join the center on October 1, succeeds Sara L. Engelhardt, who is retiring after seventeen years as president.

Smith currently is president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to taking that position, he developed and led the Peace and Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation, providing hundreds of millions of dollars during his ten-year tenure to organizations in the U.S. and around the world working on issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society.

"Brad is a respected leader with an outstanding record of achievement in connecting people and organizations to critical resources that strengthen their capacity to serve the public good," said M. Christine DeVita, chairman of the center's board of trustees and president of the Wallace Foundation. "His deep knowledge of both philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and of the complex issues that drive the field today are powerful assets that will serve the center well as the central knowledge hub for the field."

Click here for the story in PND and here for the press release.

-- Mitch Nauffts

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