America’s Promise Alliance CEO Marguerite Kondracke Named to Non-Profit Times 50 People of Power and Influence List
Friday, August 8, 2008
The current edition of the Non-Profit Times (NPT) has revealed this year’s list of the top 50 People of Power and Influence, which includes America’s Promise Alliance President & CEO Marguerite Kondracke.
Kondracke, who has been with the Alliance since 2004, is credited with making the organization a “force in youth development.” Prior to joining the Alliance, Kondracke served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander as well as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. Her focus in the 108th Congress was education, health care, social welfare, and the challenges of working families, especially military families.
During her 40-year career, Ms. Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant. In the private sector for 20 years, she has been CEO of three companies – a start-up, a roll-up, and a turn-around. She founded the start-up, Corporate Family Solutions, in 1987 with Lamar Alexander and Bob Keeshan, television’s Captain Kangaroo, to provide more and better child care for working parents through employer sponsorship. It became the nation’s largest provider of workplace childcare, and she took the company public in 1997 (NASDAQ: BFAM). Ms. Kondracke retired as CEO of the company, now called Bright Horizons Family Solutions, in 1999, and recently rejoined the board.
Kondracke joins a prestigious list of honorees this year, including Alliance partners and funders:
Diana Aviv, President & CEO, Independent Sector
Kathy Cloninger, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of the USA
David Eisner, CEO, Corporation for National & Community Service
Israel L. Gaither, National Commander, Salvation Army
Brian Gallagher, President & CEO, United Way of America
Melinda Gates, Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Charles Gould, President, Volunteers of America
John H. Graham IV, President & CEO, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership
Irv Katz, President, National Human Services Assembly
Wendy Kopp, CEO & Founder, Teach for America
Gara LaMarche, President & CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies
Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light Institute
Fr. Larry Snyder, President & CEO, Catholic Charities USA
Sterling Speirn, President & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Dorothy Stoneman, Founder & President, YouthBuild USA
In this 11th annual NPT Power & Influence Top 50, the magazine celebrates some of the sector’s top executives and thinkers. These executives were selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector.
The executives will be honored for their work at TheNPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala next month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. It will be a night of high level exchange between executives who can move a nation.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.: