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Archive for February, 2014

Opportunity For All: President Obama Launches My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Build Ladders of Opportunity For Boys and Young Men of Color

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“I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential.”

– President Barack Obama, January 28, 2014


“There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement.  And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?”

– President Barack Obama, July 19, 2013


President Obama is taking action to launch My Brother’s Keeper – a new initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead. For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color.  But across the country, communities are adopting approaches to help put these boys and young men on the path to success. The President wants to build on that work. We can learn from communities that are partnering with local businesses and foundations to connect these boys and young men to mentoring, support networks, and skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class. And the Administration will do its part by helping to identify and promote programs that work.

That starts by using proven tools that expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of these young people.  The President believes this includes ensuring access to basic health, nutrition, and to high-quality early education to get these kids reading and ready for school at the youngest age.  But that’s not enough.  We need to partner with communities and police to reduce violence and make our classrooms and streets safer.  And we need to help these young men stay in school and find a good job– so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to their communities and build decent lives for themselves and their families.

New Presidential Task Force to Expand Opportunity. President Obama will sign a Presidential Memorandum establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, an interagency effort, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, that will help us determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand upon them, how the Federal Government’s own policies and programs can better support these efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community in these efforts.

The Task Force will work across executive departments and agencies to:

  • Assess the impact of Federal policies, regulations, and programs of general applicability on boys and young men of color, so as to develop proposals that will enhance positive outcomes and eliminate or reduce negative ones.
  • Recommend, where appropriate, incentives for the broad adoption by national, State, and local public and private decision makers of effective and innovative strategies and practices for providing opportunities to and improving outcomes for boys and young men of color.
  • Create an Administration-wide “What Works” online portal to disseminate successful programs and practices that improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.
  • Develop a comprehensive public website, to be maintained by the Department of Education, that will assess, on an ongoing basis, critical indicators of life outcomes for boys and young men of color in absolute and relative terms.
  • Work with external stakeholders to highlight the opportunities, challenges, and efforts affecting boys and young men of color.
  • Recommend to the President means of ensuring sustained efforts within the Federal Government and continued partnership with the private sector and philanthropic community as set forth in the Presidential Memorandum.

Investments from Leading Foundations and Businesses to Advance the Achievement of Boys and Young Men of Color. Leading foundations and businesses have long worked with others in philanthropy to create opportunities for young men and boys of color and today are committing significant resources to research critical intervention points in the lives of boys and young men of color; change the often-damaging narrative about them; and catalyze coordinated investments to seed, replicate, and scale up effective community solutions.

The foundations supporting today’s call to action have already made extensive investments, including  $150 million in current spending that they have already approved or awarded. Building on that, today these foundations are announcing that over the next five years they seek to invest at least $200 million, alongside additional investments from their peers in philanthropy and the business community, to find and rapidly spread solutions that have the highest potential for impact in key areas, including: early child development and school readiness, parenting and parent engagement, 3rd grade literacy, educational opportunity and school discipline reform, interactions with the criminal justice system ladders to jobs and economic opportunity and healthy families and communities.

The foundations will work over the next 90 days to design a strategy and infrastructure for coordination of these investments, which can be aligned with additional commitments from a diverse array of actors from other sectors.

These foundations, who are joining President Obama at today’s announcement, include The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Open Society Foundations, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and The Kapor Center for Social Impact. Many of the foundations are members of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color – a coalition of philanthropic institutions committed to leveraging philanthropy’s role in improving life outcomes for boys and men of color.

In addition to the leadership from the philanthropic community, the My Brother’s Keeper initiative will leverage participation from the business community and elected officials to support this cross-sector effort.  As part of today’s announcement, President Obama will meet with a number of business leaders – including Joe Echevarria of Deloitte, Magic Johnson of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners, Adam Silver of the National Basketball Association and Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment – to discuss ways in which they and their companies can work with the Initiative to improve the life outcomes of boys and young men of color.

The President will also be joined today by public sector leaders including General Colin Powell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Honorable Michael Bloomberg.  Additionally, several other prominent members of the business community—including Rosalind Brewer of Sam’s Club, Ken Chenault of American Express, and Don Thompson of McDonald’s—have already expressed their support for this effort, and the White House expects additional commitments in the coming days and months.

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Data shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socio-economic background, are disproportionately at risk throughout the journey from their youngest years to college and career.  For instance, large disparities remain in reading proficiency, with 86 percent of black boys and 82 percent of Hispanic boys reading below proficiency levels by the fourth grade – compared to 58 percent of white boys reading below proficiency levels.  Additionally, the disproportionate number of black and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system alone is a perilous drag on state budgets, and undermines family and community stability.  These young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers and account for almost half of the country’s murder victims each year.

The effort launched today is focused on unlocking the full potential of boys and young men of color – something that will not only benefit them, but all Americans.  The Task Force and new private sector partnership will take a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to building ladders of opportunity.  Both the Task Force and the partnership will take action immediately while planning for long-term success.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Celebrates African American History Month

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Annual Stradford Awards Ceremony Honors Outstanding Work of Two Community Members

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently honored two prominent African American community members in a ceremony in recognition of African American History Month.

Alvarez presented the State’s Attorney’s “C.F. Stradford” awards to Torrey L. Barrett (left), Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center and Stephen Mitchell (right), President of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC.

Torrey L. Barrett is the Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center, which bears the name of his late sister, Kleo Barrett, who was the victim of domestic violence that ended in a murder-suicide.  The K.L.E.O. Community Life Center provides assistance to domestic violence victims, such as emergency shelter, counseling and mentoring, but it also works with domestic violence offenders by providing counseling and mentoring, believing you must work with all involved parties to eradicate domestic violence.  The K.L.E.O. Center also works to improve the quality of life in our communities by offering programming designed to help families live healthy, productive lives.

Stephen Mitchell is president of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC, one of Chicago’s premier personal injury law firms.  Mr. Mitchell represents individuals and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases at the federal and state levels, securing verdicts to help obtain justice for citizens who have been injured or harmed.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Mitchell has been active in the Cook County Bar Association and the Legal Assistance Foundation throughout his legal career and has received numerous legal and community awards.  He is also a prominent collector of African American fine art.

“I look forward to the C.F. Stradford Awards every year and I am honored to recognize these very deserving individuals,” Alvarez said.  “Their hard work and determination benefits many and is reflected throughout the community.”

The Stradford Awards ceremony was held Tuesday February 25, at the Parkway Ballroom in Chicago.

Photo Caption: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented the C.F. Stradford Award to Torrey L. Barrett (left), Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center and Stephen Mitchell (right), President of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC.  The ceremony is held annually in recognition of African American History Month.

Today, The First-Ever White House Student Film Festival

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From Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education

The very best person to talk to about how modern technology is changing our classrooms isn’t me, or even the President.

It’s a student who is actually learning from those tools every day — accessing school assignments online, watching video lessons to learn a new concept, or even talking directly with other students around the world with new technology.

That’s why, a few months ago, the White House challenged students all across the country to create short films answering a simple question:

Why is technology so important in the classroom — and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future?

The response was overwhelming. And today, the 16 official selections are going to be screened at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.

You’re going to want to tune in for this one. Watch the official selections, then tune in today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Today’s going to be a fun day, but this event speaks to something much bigger.

That’s because these students’ films all illustrate the critical conversation about education in our country right now: the importance of connecting our classrooms.

The fact is that right now, only around 30 percent of our students have the high-speed Internet access they need for digital learning. That means millions of kids across the country aren’t currently benefiting from the kinds of technologies that made the student films you’ll watch today possible.

The President’s ConnectED initiative is making sure that changes — by connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation, high-speed broadband within five years.

Want to see exactly why that’s so important? Just take a look at some of the incredible things kids can produce when they’re connected.

See the official film festival selections, then make sure you’re watching the event at 2:30 p.m. ET today.

Looking forward to continuing the conversation,

Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Education

W.K. Kellogg Foundation applauds President Obama’s young men of color initiative; joint effort with ten leading foundations will address barriers to their success

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La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO, issued the following statement of support


We applaud President Obama for elevating the obstacles faced by young men and boys of color to a national priority. Boys and men of color must overcome barriers that are rooted in historic patterns of racial bias, segregation and poverty, from stop-and-frisk policies and street sweeps by police in New York, Chicago and elsewhere, to media portrayals that too often stereotype and criminalize, and overexposure to weapons, illegal drugs and alcohol. Such patterns and obstacles are deeply embedded in America’s education, juvenile justice, foster care, criminal justice and healthcare systems – resulting in higher unemployment, overrepresentation in prisons, poorer health and far fewer opportunities for these young men and boys to succeed.

For more than 20 years, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has funded initiatives to improve the plight of young men and boys of color. Eight years ago, a group of public officials, scholars and community leaders known as the Dellums Commission identified public policies around the country that curtailed opportunities, and recommended comprehensive remedies. Today, our work continues in efforts like the Youth Empowerment Project’s New Orleans Providing Literacy to All Youth program which offers GED and basic literacy instruction. In Chicago’s North Lawndale community, where unemployment hovers around 27 percent, the North Lawndale Employment Network created Sweet Beginnings, a unique transitional jobs program that trains formerly incarcerated individuals to harvest honey from bees at local apiaries, and uses the honey to make all-natural skin care products. The recidivism rate for Sweet Beginnings employees is below four percent, compared to the national average of 65 percent.

Supporting grantees that assist males of color is a key component of America Healing, our extensive racial healing and racial equity effort. No demographic bears the burdens of inequity more intensely than these young men and boys. Many believe America has moved beyond race, but sobering and persistent economic, health and educational disparities present a different reality in communities of color. WKKF is committed to helping families and communities heal old wounds, and change hearts, minds and deeply held and often-unconscious biases that cause the structural inequities holding back young men of color and others in our society.

We hope to launch new coalitions, partnerships and allegiances that will serve as a blueprint for addressing the social challenges that we must overcome so our nation’s continuous journey toward healing can move forward. We urge that the unprecedented initiative announced by President Obama build a broad commitment from all Americans to find strength and unity in our differences. Our collective futures are at stake.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

Photo Caption: La June Montgomery Tabron

President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Sixth District Commander, Officer to give away Black History Books

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Believes it will curb crime

By Chinta Strausberg

Sixth District Cmdr. Fred Waller and Officer Richard Wooten will be giving away African American history books to 6, 7th and 8th grade students today, 10 a.m., Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Martha M. Ruggles Elementary School, 7831 S. Prairie, Chicago, in hopes that learning about their history will replace negative behavior with a sense of pride.

“We feel that African American history should be taught in school,” said Wooten who is also a minister. He believes if they learn about their history and all that Blacks have accomplished “a lot of crime would not be committed.”

“We’re hoping these books will help change the mindset of the students” by teaching them from whence they come. Wooten believes it will prepare them to chart out their future on a more positive note.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Robert W. Holleyman II – Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Lisa S. Disbrow – Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management, Department of Defense
  • Laura Junor – Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
  • Karen Kornbluh – Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Leslie Meyers – Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
  • Janet Hill –Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Michael Lombardo –Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Rose Kennedy Schlossberg – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Susan S. Sher – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • John W. Rogers, Jr. – Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • José Cisneros – Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Theodore J. Beck – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Sherry Salway Black – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • John Hope Bryant – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Anna Maria Chávez – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Kerry N. Doi – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Ted Gonder – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Richard G. Ketchum – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Beth Kobliner – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Marc H. Morial – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Carol E. Quillen – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Amy Rosen – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Charles W. Scharf – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

President Obama also announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

  • Joe Echevarria – Member, President’s Export Council

President Obama said, “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Robert W. Holleyman II, Nominee for Deputy United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Robert W. Holleyman II is currently the CEO and Founder of Cloud4Growth, a cloud technology development company.  Prior to founding Cloud4Growth in 2013, Mr. Holleyman was the President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance from 1990 to 2013.  Previously, Mr. Holleyman served as Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  Before serving as Senior Counsel, Mr. Holleyman was Legislative Director and Assistant to former U.S. Senator Russell B. Long.  Mr. Holleyman received a B.A. from Trinity University and a J.D. from Louisiana State University.

Lisa S. Disbrow, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management, Department of Defense

Lisa S. Disbrow is a member of the Senior Executive Service and a retired Air Force Reserve Colonel.  Currently, she serves as the Vice Director for Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment of the Joint Staff’s J8 Directorate, a position she has held since 2009.  From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Principal Deputy for Force Management.  She has served in the J8 Directorate since 1995.  From 2006 to 2007, she was detailed to the National Security Council as the Special Advisor for Policy Implementation and Execution to the President’s National Security Advisor.  From 2003 to 2006, she served as Deputy Director for Wargaming, Simulation, and Analysis in the Joint Staff/J8.  Following active duty, Ms. Disbrow served in the National Reconnaissance Office as a Senior Systems Engineer from 1992 to 1995.  On active duty, Ms. Disbrow served in multiple capacities as an operational planner, electronic intelligence analyst, and programming officer.  Ms. Disbrow received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and an M.A. from the National War College.

Laura Junor, Nominee for Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Laura Junor is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness at the Department of Defense (DOD), a position she has held since 2011.  Previously, Ms. Junor supported DOD’s program and budget process as the Chief of Staff for the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation from 2009 to 2011.  From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Junor was the President and Owner of Readiness Logic, LLC.  Ms. Junor served as the Analytic Advisor and Defense Readiness Reporting System Interagency Director in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at DOD from 2003 to 2007.  From 1994 to 2003, she directed readiness research for the Center for Naval Analyses.  Ms. Junor received a B.A. from Goucher College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, Nominee for Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is Executive Vice President of External Affairs at the Nielsen Company.  From 2009 to 2012, she served in Paris as Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development with the rank of Ambassador. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Policy Director in the office of Senator Barack Obama, and was an author of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform.  Previously, she held policy positions at the New America Foundation, where she founded the Work and Family Program.  She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of the Treasury from 1998 to 2000, and held several positions at the Federal Communications Commission from 1995 to 1998, including Assistant Chief of the International Bureau and Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.  She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ambassador Kornbluh received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Leslie Meyers, Appointee for Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council

Leslie Meyers is Program Coordinator at The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, a position she has held since 2005.  From 2000 to 2002, she was Director of Marketing at Gear magazine.  Prior to joining Gear, Ms. Meyers was a Talent Manager at Propaganda Management in Los Angeles.  She was a Development Executive at Western International Communications in Los Angeles in 1996.  Ms. Meyers also worked as an Assistant to a Creative Executive at Touchstone Pictures from 1992 to 1993, and at Carsey-Werner Productions as Production Secretary on the television show Davis Rules from 1991 to 1992.  She began her career as a Junior Talent Manager at Addis-Wechsler Management in Los Angeles.  Ms. Meyers received a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Janet Hill, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Janet Hill is Principal at Hill Family Advisors.  From 1981 to 2010, she was Vice President and a founder of Alexander & Associates Inc.  From 1977 to 1981, Ms. Hill was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.  She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Carlyle Group, Echo360, Dean Foods, Inc., and Wendy’s Company, Inc.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University, and served an 18-year term on the Board of Visitors at the Duke Fuqua School of Business.  She is a former Chairwoman of the Women’s Campaign Fund.  Ms. Hill received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A.T. in Mathematics from The University of Chicago.

Michael Lombardo, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Lombardo is President of Programming for HBO, a position he has held since 2007.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, Production and Programming Operations from 2003 to 2007.  Since joining HBO in 1983, he has held multiple positions, including President of Programming Group & West Coast Operations, Co-President and Head of Programming Group of HBO, Senior Counsel of Original Programming and Sports, and Director of Business Affairs.  Mr. Lombardo serves on the boards of The Paley Center, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Film Independent, and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).  Mr. Lombardo received an A.B. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Rose Kennedy Schlossberg is a writer and researcher for Red Board Productions, a position she has held since 2012.  Previously, she has held various positions with Blowback Productions from 2010 to 2012,  including Associate Editor, Associate Producer, and Production Associate.  She was a Research Assistant at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University in 2009.  She serves as a Trustee of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation.  Ms. Schlossberg received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.P.S. from New York University.

Susan S. Sher, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Susan S. Sher is Senior Adviser to the President of The University of Chicago, a position she has held since 2011.  Previously, she served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama from 2009 to 2011.  Prior to this, she served as Associate White House Counsel.  She was Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs and General Counsel of The University of Chicago Medical Center from 1997 to 2009.  Previously, she was Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago from 1993 to 1997 and a partner at Mayer Brown & Platt from 1981 to 1985.  She is on the Boards of Loyola University of Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for a Healthier America, the National Jewish Democratic Council, and the National Advisory Board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.  She received a B.A. from The George Washington University and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.

John W. Rogers, Jr., Appointee for Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

John W. Rogers, Jr., is the Chairman, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments.  Mr. Rogers was previously Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Rogers currently serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation.  Additionally, he is a director of the Chicago Urban League, a trustee of The University of Chicago, Chairman of the Board of Directors for The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and a member of the board of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, where he serves on the Investment Committee.  Mr. Rogers was previously Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Rogers served as a Co-Chair for the Obama-Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2009.  He received an A.B. from Princeton University.

José Cisneros, Appointee for Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

José Cisneros is the Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco, a position he has held since 2004.  Mr. Cisneros served as Deputy General Manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  Previously, Mr. Cisneros worked for IBM Corporation and Lotus Development Corporation as a Senior International Product Manager.  Prior to this, he was an Assistant Vice President at Bank of Boston.  He received a B.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Theodore J. Beck, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Theodore J. Beck is the President and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a position he has held since 2005.  Mr. Beck also serves on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, and as Chairman of the board of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.  In 2010, he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and was Chair of its Research and Evaluation Committee.  In 2008, he was appointed to serve as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and served as Chair of the Outreach Subcommittee.  Prior to his appointment at NEFE, Mr. Beck served as Associate Dean of Executive Education and Corporate Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.  Prior to joining the University in 1999, he spent more than 20 years in various positions for Citibank/Citigroup, including Managing Director and Market Manager.  Mr. Beck received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Sherry Salway Black, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Sherry Salway Black is the Director of the Partnership for Tribal Governance at the National Congress of American Indians.  Previously, she was the Senior Vice President of First Nations Development Institute.  Ms. Black is a member of the Honoring Nations Board of Governors.  She also serves on the boards of First Peoples Fund, the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, and the Hitachi Foundation.  Ms. Black is a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Ms. Black was a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2011 to 2013.   She received a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Hope Bryant, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, a nonprofit founded in 1992.  He is also the Co-Founder of Global Dignity and a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders and Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum.  He served as Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Prior to this, Mr. Bryant served as the Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy (PACFL) and as the Chairman of PACFL’s Committee on the Underserved.

Anna Maria Chávez, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.  Prior to her current role, Ms. Chávez served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.  Before joining Girl Scouts, she held various roles for the State of Arizona, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development for former Governor Janet Napolitano, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, in-house Counsel, and Assistant Director for the Division of Aging and Community Services at the Arizona Department of Economic Security.  Before working for the State of Arizona, Ms. Chávez worked as Senior Policy Advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater.  She served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Administrator at the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Chief of Staff for the Office of Government Contracting and Minority Enterprise Development at SBA.  From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Chávez acted as Legal Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration.  She received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Kerry N. Doi, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Kerry N. Doi has served as President and CEO of the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment since 1976.  Mr. Doi is also a board member of the Los Angeles Housing Partnership and the California Community Economic Development Association.  From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Doi served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.  He is a founding member of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.  Mr. Doi received a B.S. from California State University, Long Beach.

Ted Gonder, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Ted Gonder is the CEO of Moneythink, an organization he co-founded in 2009.   In 2012, Mr. Gonder served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Prior to serving at DHS, he founded The University of Chicago Entrepreneurship Society and Project Cooldown.  Mr. Gonder has also worked for several startup companies, including Kauffman Foundation.  He received a B.A. from The University of Chicago.

Richard G. Ketchum, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Richard G. Ketchum is the Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Ketchum was CEO of NYSE Regulation, Inc., Chief Regulatory Officer of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and General Counsel of the Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup, Inc.  Prior to Citigroup, he served as President of both the National Association of Securities Dealers and The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc.  He also worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for 14 years, where he served as Director of the Division of Market Regulation for eight years.  He served as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  Mr. Ketchum received a B.A. from Tufts University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Beth Kobliner, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Beth Kobliner currently writes a column about kids and money for The Huffington Post and www.Mint.com.  She has written about a range of personal finance topics for publications including The New York Times, Money, Parade, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, and Redbook.  Ms. Kobliner has been a regular contributor on public radio’s “Marketplace” and “The Takeaway”, and a repeat guest on NBC’s Today show, CNN, and MSNBC.  Ms. Kobliner served as content expert for Sesame Workshop’s financial education initiative, For Me, for You, for Later.  She was a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2010 to 2013.  She received an A.B. from Brown University.

Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Kilandigalu (Kay) M. Madati is the Head of Entertainment & Media on the Global Marketing Solutions team at Facebook, a position he has held since 2011.  From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Audience Experience at CNN Worldwide.  Previously, from 2007 to 2008, Mr. Madati was the Vice President of Marketing at Community Connect, Inc.  Mr. Madati began his career with BMW of North America where he held various positions, including Regional Marketing and Operations Manager from 2002 to 2004, Relationship and Multicultural Marketing Manager from 1999 to 2002, Sales and Marketing Manager from 1997 to 1999, and Management Associate from 1996 to 1997.  Mr. Madati received a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Marc H. Morial, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Marc H. Morial is President and CEO of the National Urban League.  He has served as a Louisiana State Senator, Mayor of New Orleans, and President of the bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he served during the 9/11 crisis.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Morial practiced law and taught Constitutional Law and Business Law at Xavier University.  He served as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2012 to 2013.  Mr. Morial received a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Carol E. Quillen, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Carol E. Quillen is the President of Davidson College, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, Dr. Quillen was Vice President for International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Rice University.  At Rice University, Dr. Quillen was also a member of the history faculty, Director of the University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.  She received a B.A. from The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Amy Rosen, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Amy Rosen is President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a position she has held since 2008.  She is the Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s policy council on youth unemployment and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Ms. Rosen was the Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability from 2011 to 2013.  Ms. Rosen served as a Fellow at the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy and as the Chief Operating Officer for New Visions for Public Schools.  Ms. Rosen also served as a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the NJ Transit Board of Directors, Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Transportation, and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin Information Management Services.   Ms. Rosen received a B.A. from Pitzer College.

Charles W. Scharf, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Charles W. Scharf is the CEO and a Corporate Director of Visa Incorporated.  From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Scharf was a Managing Director of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.  From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Scharf served as CEO of Retail Financial Services at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  He was CEO of the retail division of Bank One Corporation from 2002 to 2004.  Mr. Scharf also served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Bank One Corporation from 2000 to 2002.  Prior to Bank One, he was CFO of the Global Corporate and Investment Bank division at Citigroup, Inc. from 1999 to 2000.  From 1995 to 1999, he was the CFO of Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor company.  Mr. Scharf received a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from New York University.

President Obama announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

Joe Echevarria, Appointee for Member, President’s Export Council

Joe Echevarria is the CEO of Deloitte LLP, a position he has held since June 2011.  Mr. Echevarria joined Deloitte in 1978 and became an audit partner in 1988.  Since that time, he has held a wide range of leadership positions, most recently as U.S. Managing Partner for Operations.  As part of his current role, Mr. Echevarria chairs the U.S. Executive Committee, and is a member of the U.S. Board of Directors, the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Board, and the Americas Executive Committee.  Mr. Echevarria serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs the University of Miami School of Business’s Board of Overseers.  He served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013 to 2014.  Mr. Echevarria received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Judson University’s Spring Production Ars Liturgica Focuses on Slavery: Past, Present and Future

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ELGIN, IL – The Judson University Center for Worship in the Performing Arts has announced its spring production, Ars Liturgica, will run March 14 – 15 and March 20 – 22 in the Thulin Performance Hall of the Thompson Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin.) Ars Liturgica (latin for “the worshiping arts”) is a multimedia theatrical production that will focus on the theme of “Slavery: Past, Present and Future,” to explore the issue of slavery from both historical and modern day perspectives, incorporating the visual arts, drama, video, dance and music.

Ars Liturgica is the first production of its kind at Judson, meant to be a showcase of the interdisciplinary arts through the university’s newly established Center for Worship in the Performing Arts, explains Judson Theatre Director and Professor Kimberly Schmidt. Each showcase will present a unique theme. This year’s production will take a global perspective of slavery, sharing stories of African slaves in southern America, as well as stories of modern-day abolitionists, and even a reflection from Judson Art and Design Professor Joe Cory on his 2013 trip to South Africa where he learned about the inhumanities and horrors of apartheid.

“Slavery didn’t end with the American Civil War, and it wasn’t an issue unique to America,” says Schmidt. “Most people don’t realize that there are more slaves now that ever before.”

Her assertion is right – according to International Justice Mission, one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations to fight modern slavery, there are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today.

“Our hope with this production of Ars Liturgica is that it will call attention to the issue, and encourage the audience to commit to join the fight against slavery,” Schmidt explains.

The production won’t just emphasize awareness, though. The event will also host several nonprofit organizations that are working to end human trafficking and modern slavery, including Administer Justice, International Justice Mission, Awana, and One Day’s Wages. Information tables will be arranged in the Thompson Center, where Ars Liturgica will be staged, so that show attendees can have the opportunities at their fingertips to join the fight to end slavery.

The Ars Liturgica production is one in a series of opportunities at Judson this spring that addresses the issues of social justice, including hosting a live simulcast of The Justice Conference, as well as a donation campaign for One Day’s Wages.

On February 21-22, Judson simulcasted The Justice Conference, which is a networked national conference that educates, inspires and connects a generation of men and women around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. The Justice Conference feature leading social justice experts such as Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages; Lynne Hybels, human rights advocate and co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church with her husband Bill Hybels; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO of The King Center; Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief; and Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, plus many more renowned speakers.

In conjunction with The Justice Conference and Ars Liturgica, Judson University has also committed to raising $5,000 for One Day’s Wages Human Trafficking fund. One Day’s Wages (ODW) is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty and associated social problems by promoting simple giving and sustainable relief by developing and supporting partnerships with local organizations in developing areas. Judson’s ODW campaign will end in March with the presentation of Ars Liturgica. Those who wish to contribute to Judson’s ODW campaign can visit www.onedayswages.org/donate/org/judson-university.

Tickets for the production of Ars Liturgica can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Box Office at 847-628-2625.

Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Judson offers degrees in more than 50 different majors/minors for traditional, graduate, and adult students. Judson University ranks consistently among the Top-Tier of Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. In 2013-14, Judson is celebrating its Golden Centennial Anniversary, commemorating 50 years since the college’s relocation to Elgin in 1963, after being founded in 1913 as part of Northern Theological Seminary. With an academically challenging environment and encouraging spiritual community, Judson shapes lives that shape the world.

Kirk, Durbin, Schock Press for Public Assistance Funding in Meeting with FEMA Administrator

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As FEMA considers appeal for Public Assistance for Central and Southern Illinois, members point to their legislation as a way to create a level playing field during a disaster



WASHINGTON, DC – In a meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Representative Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) today pressed once again for a public assistance designation that would allow federal aid funding to flow to the nine Southern and Central Illinois counties that are rebuilding after deadly tornadoes struck the state on November 17, 2013.  During today’s meeting, the members shared their concerns regarding FEMA’s funding formulas – which unfairly put downstate Illinois communities at a disadvantage following a disaster – and pressed the agency to consider their legislation to bring consistency and fairness to FEMA’s disaster declaration process. A photo of today’s meeting is available here.

“The thousands impacted by these deadly tornadoes deserve adequate aid and assistance in order to recover and rebuild their communities,” Senator Kirk said. “Senator Durbin, Representative Schock and I will continue to push FEMA to revise their methodology for determining aid, and will continue to fight on behalf of the people of Illinois.”

“In many other states, the amount of damage sustained by Southern and Central Illinois communities last November would easily qualify for federal assistance,” Senator Durbin said. “Today, we urged Administrator Fugate to reconsider funding formulas that might penalize these communities simply because they are in a state with a large population. I will continue working Senator Kirk, Representative Schock, and our Illinois colleagues to support these communities however we can as they recover and rebuild.”

“The initial denial by FEMA for a Public Assistance disaster declaration for the storms that devastated Illinois on November 17, 2013 is unacceptable” Representative Schock said. “That decision was based on a flawed system which disadvantages the small and rural communities trying to recover from the devastating emotional and economic impact of these storms. The City of Washington, IL and the surrounding areas have independently demonstrated the case for disaster assistance – something Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk and myself continued to highlight for Director Fugate today. With more than 1100 homes destroyed or heavily damaged in Tazewell County and accumulated public damages assessed in excess of $20 million as certified by the state of Illinois, there is simply no excuse for the federal government not to provide the most robust amount of assistance possible.”

Following the November 2013 deadly storms, Governor Quinn requested federal aid for local governments in Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties.  On November 26, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Illinois making residents and businesses eligible for federal Individual Assistance funding which provides financial assistance to help with temporary housing, home repairs or replacement and other disaster-related expenses. Though more than $21 million in federal aid has been approved to help people and businesses affected by the November tornadoes and severe storms, Governor Quinn’s request for Public Assistance to cover the repairs or replacement of infrastructure (roads, bridges, public buildings, etc.) and other local government costs was denied, but is currently under appeal.

Earlier this year, Durbin and Kirk introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate to bring consistency and fairness to FEMA’s disaster declaration process. The Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act was also introduced in the House of Representatives by a bipartisan group of members from the Illinois Congressional Delegation including Schock and: Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.).

In a severe storm or natural disaster, communities in a state, like Illinois, with a large population – more than 10 million people – must incur a relatively higher level of damage than communities in a state with a smaller population. The Kirk-Durbin bill would require FEMA to take into consideration local economic factors in order to ensure that communities struck by disaster are not denied federal assistance because of the population of the state. More information on the legislation is available here.

In a letter to FEMA in January, Kirk and Durbin asked the agency to also fix their funding formulas for Public Assistance which was denied to local governments in Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Massac, Tazewell, Vermilion, Washington, Wayne and Woodford counties following deadly storms and tornadoes in November 2013. FEMA is currently reviewing its process for Public Assistance as required by law in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013.

For b-roll from today’s meeting, please click here.

Atlanta Black History Month Parade Huge Success

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Atlanta celebrates big with Black History Month Parade

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Thousands of spectators looked in awe as the Black History Month Parade, which stretched more than a mile long, marched down one of the most historically significant streets in African-American history.

The 2014 Black History Month Parade featured more than 100 groups that participated including major groups such as the NAACP, SCLC, Girl Scouts, YWCA, Dancing Dolls, Red Hatters, motorcycle clubs, car clubs, celebrities and pro athletes along with phenomenal marching bands, amazing Caribbean stilt-walkers, special guest and intriguing mascots where all a part of the acumination of excitement.

“The Black History Month Parade brings a diverse representation of Black culture to celebrate together,” stated Georgia State Senator Valencia Seay. “This is an exciting and family oriented event that highlights the talents of the community and other groups…I applaud the spirit of inclusion of this event by the participation of groups from across the nation as well as outside of the United States,” she adds.

“We had the experience of a lifetime and look forward to bringing the entire marching band next time” adds, Mr. Wendell McDonald, director of the Legend Marching Band, that traveled all the way from Freeport, Bahamas to participate in the Black History Month Parade.

Spectators of all ages including children and an elderly women 102 years old had the opportunity to enjoy the Black History Month Parade and it’s special guest that included Lil Scrappy, Latoya London, Robert Jackson and a host of other guest such as Ms. Black US Ambassador, Black Diamond Showstoppers, Pro United Foundation, Bamzy Baby and Mop Top the Hip-Hop Scientist.

Auburn Avenue once coined as the richest negro street in the world, is home to more black-owned businesses and organizations than any other area. Auburn Avenue is located in the heart of national historic site Martin Luther King, Jr. Sweet Auburn District and is home to the King Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. & Coretta Scott King tomb site, Prince Hall Masons, SCLC Women, the King birth home, Dobbs plaza and many other historic organizations and attractions.

The Sweet Auburn District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 and is also known as an entertainment hub which has hosted many different events such as the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, The Sweet Auburn Springfest and is often visited by notables such as President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and home of civil rights legends Rev. Joseph Lowery and Congressman John Lewis.

“This year’s parade was an impressive display of unity, pride and celebration, we are real pleased with the turn-out,” expressed Earl Little, founder/ director of the Black History Month Parade. “We anticipate a larger show of participation as the parade grows, which it does tremendously every year, so we want to invite all to participate, to sponsor and support this great event,” adds Khalil Islam VP of the Black History Month Parade Committee.

The 2015 Black History Month Parade is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015. For more information please visit www.BlackHistoryMonthParade.com for details.

ReMARCs: Yes, We Are Our Brother’s Keepers

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Earlier today, I participated in the White House gathering for the official announcement of “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative bringing together leading foundations and businesses in a new public-private partnership aimed at tackling the issues facing boys and young men of color in America.

I have spoken at length about the issues facing Black males, penning a recent column on the value our culture places on young Black males and dedicating a two-part column last summer (July 10 and July 24, 2013) to discussing the state of Black men.  In the latter, I applauded President Obama for stating then that he would use his “convening power” to engage a cross-section of citizens in doing more to give African American boys “the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them.”  During his State of the Union last month, the President again noted that he would move forward with a focus on reaching out to foundation leaders, corporate executives, the faith-based community and others to explore ways to lift up boys and young men of color.

Today, I am encouraged and energized that “My Brother’s Keeper” is an inspiring example of what we can do when we transform words into action and coalesce around complex issues with a commitment to changing lives.

The need for this initiative is clear.  Data shows that boys and young men of color, regardless of socio-economic background, are disproportionately at risk throughout the journey from their youngest years to college and career – including large disparities in reading proficiency, employment, and involvement in the criminal justice system, among other areas.  That these young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers and account for almost half of the country’s murder victims each year should be a wake-up call for all of us.

I commend President Obama for his leadership and strength to take on this initiative. I am proud to be a part of the launch of “My Brother’s Keeper,” but this is not simply a one-day commitment of time. There is still much to be done as we work together – across the public-private-nonprofit spectrum  – to drive this initiative forward.  The opportunity is before us, and so is the will.

To read more about this initiative, click here.

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