Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Adds Two Foundation Leaders to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2016) – America’s Promise Alliance, the largest network of national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, announced today that Brandee McHale, president of the Citi Foundation, and Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation, have been elected to its board of directors. Their three-year terms begin in April. 

“As we enter the final leg of the GradNation campaign, we are committed to growing our leadership team to help advance the work of the campaign and create the conditions so that all young people in America have the opportunity to succeed,” said Alma J. Powell, board chair. “We appreciate Brandee and Javier’s willingness to be champions for underserved children and youth and look forward to working with them to keep young people at the forefront of our nation’s agenda.”   

With more than 20 years at Citi and the Citi Foundation, McHale currently oversees the Citi Foundation’s global grant-making strategy and leads Citi’s citizenship efforts, including volunteerism and environmental sustainability. As part of its Pathways to Progress initiative, the Citi Foundation made a three-year, $50 million commitment to boost the career readiness of 100,000 low-income youth in 10 cities across the United States. One of the programs is the Youth Opportunity Fund with America’s Promise to support local solutions that connect young people to opportunities that can help lead to employment. 

“The future economic competitiveness of our cities and this country depends greatly on the positive economic outcomes of our young people and their increased access to opportunities,” said McHale. “I am honored to join the board of America’s Promise, an organization dedicated to helping more young people access those opportunities to help move them onto a path towards lifelong success.”

A long-time Miami resident, Soto is giving back to the community that raised him. As the head of The Miami Foundation, Soto is leading efforts to build Miami’s quality of life and its civic society. The Foundation’s online charitable giving event, "Give Miami Day," has raised more than $16 million for more than 600 Miami-Dade County nonprofits since 2012.  

Soto has also established the “Our Miami Report,” which – like the GradNation campaign – puts data in the hands of engaged local leaders motivated to take action. “I’m eager to be a part of the America’s Promise team, which uses information to spark community solutions and hold leaders accountable. I want to help make the promise of America real for every child.”

The America’s Promise board, now with 21 directors, provides strategic counsel regarding the organization’s mission and work, including the GradNation campaign, a national movement to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.  

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America’s Promise Alliance leads an alliance of organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. As its signature effort, the GradNation campaign mobilizes Americans to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and prepare young people for postsecondary enrollment and the 21st century workforce.