Press Release

America’s Promise Alliance Announces New Board Members

Three Industry Professionals and One Student Join Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The America's Promise Alliance (the Alliance) today announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board are Stephanie Bell-Rose, president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Neil Bush, chairman and CEO, Ignite! Inc.; Latasha Kinnard, member of the Alliance’s Youth Partnership Team and student at Washington University in St. Louis, MO; and Edward Rust, Jr., chairman and CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies.

“The Alliance is honored to have these four accomplished individuals join our Board and help guide and strengthen our call to the nation to put young people first,” said Marguerite Kondracke, president and CEO, America's Promise Alliance. “Each brings the experience, knowledge and passion required to reverse the culture of failure that has enveloped too many of our children and youth.” Kondracke added, “There has never been a more exciting time for our Alliance or a more urgent need for our nation to make young people its priority.”

The board meets three times annually. Each member serves on at least one committee or task force, and standing committees including finance and audit, nominating and governance, development and communications. Alliance Board members provide counsel to the Alliance regarding its overall work, as well as the new 15 in 5 campaign, which aims to improve the lives of 15 million of the country’s most disadvantaged young people over the next five years by ensuring they experience more of the key developmental supports—the Five Promises—caring adults; safe places; healthy start; effective education; opportunities to help others—they need to succeed and complete high school better prepared for college or work.

Stephanie Bell-Rose – Named by the Network Journal as one of 25 influential women in business, Ms. Bell-Rose is the president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Bell-Rose specializes in high-impact social investments to promote the development of young people and their families. Her philanthropic work extends from America's inner cities and rural communities to Europe, Asia and Latin America. Deeply committed to developing the full potential of all people, she has focused on the needs of the underserved. Presently Ms. Bell-Rose is a trustee and board vice president, the Barnes Foundation; trustee, American Museum of Natural History; advisor, Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Business-Higher Education Forum. Ms. Bell-Rose earned a juris doctor from Harvard Law School, a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and an artium baccalaureatus with honors from Harvard College.

Neil Bush – Chairman and CEO, Ignite! Inc., an educational software corporation that uses multiple intelligence methods to provide varying types of content to appeal to multiple learning styles, he started Ignite! because of learning difficulties both he and his son Pierce experienced in school. Mr. Bush who has a great interest in engaging school-aged youth in volunteering as a part of the education curriculum is the honorary chair of the Points of Light Foundation. Mr. Bush earned a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in economics from Tulane University.

Latasha Kinnard – A Chicago native, Ms. Kinnard is a sophomore with a double major in psychology and education at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also is a member of Harambee Christian Ministries; Lock and Chain Sophomore Honorary, and the history chair of the Association of Black Students. An alumna of the Collegiate Scholars Program, an academic program based at the University of Chicago, Ms. Kinnard is a graduate of Morgan Park High School in Chicago where she earned an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Edward Rust, Jr. – CEO and chairman of State Farm Insurance Companies, Mr. Rust is a long-time advocate of education. He is the principal architect of the Business Roundtable’s focus on improving public schools’ performance and a member of the No Child Left Behind Commission, a bi-partisan, independent group established to make recommendations to Congress and the Bush administration. Mr. Rust directed paid time off for State Farm employees volunteering at schools. In addition, he is co-chairman, the Business Coalition for Student Achievement; member of the Business Council; and serves on the board of trustees, the Conference Board and the board of directors, McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Mr. Rust holds a juris doctor and a master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Other members of the Alliance’s Board of Directors are: Alma J. Powell, chair; C. Gregg Petersmeyer, vice chair, chairman and CEO, Personal Pathways, LLC ;Donald L. Staheli, secretary treasurer; retired chairman and CEO, Continental Grain Company; General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), founding chair; James M. Allwin, chairman, Board of Directors, Communities In Schools; James L. Barksdale, president and CEO, Barksdale Management Corporation; Peter L. Benson, Ph.D., president, Search Institute; Geoffrey T. Boisi, chairman and co-founder, MENTOR; Katherine Bradley, president, CityBridge Foundation; Geoffrey Canada **, president and CEO, Harlem Children's ZONE; Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation; Daniel A. Casey, immediate past chair, YMCA of the USA National Board; administrative partner, law firm of K & L Gates; G. Staley Cates, CFA, president, Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.; Raymond G. Chambers, founder, Amelior Foundation; Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D.**, immediate past chair, Board of Directors, United Way of America; Robert M. Devlin, chairman, Curragh Capital Partners; Angela Diaz, professor of pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Brian Gallagher***, president and CEO, United Way of America; Stephen Goldsmith *, chairman, Board of Directors, Corporation for National and Community Service; Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., national director, Amachi Program; Daniel Horgan, youth program officer, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board; Michael Jordan**, former professional basketball player; Larry Klane, president, Global Financial Services, Capital One; Joel Klein, chancellor, NYC Department of Education; Alfred Liggins, III, president and CEO, Radio One, Inc.; Steven L. Miller, chairman, Board of Directors, The Points of Light Foundation; Kathleen Murphy, group president, U.S. Worksite & Institutional Financial Services, ING; Cal Ripken, Jr.**, founder, Ripken Baseball, Inc.; executive vice president, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation; Robert B. Rogers, chairman Emeritus, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Timothy J. Russert, Washington bureau chief & moderator, Meet the Press, NBC News; Jin Roy Ryu, chairman and CEO, PMX Industries, Inc.; chairman and CEO, Poongsan Corporation (Korea); Rodney E. Slater, chair, Board of Trustees, United Way of America; Harris Wofford, former U.S. senator and former CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service; Judy Woodruff, award-winning journalist; and Ali Zaidi, member, Youth Partnership Team, America's Promise Alliance.

*Serves as CNCS liaison, ** Serves as Honorary Advisory Board Member, *** Serves as Chair of Alliance Trustee Steering Committee

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership alliance comprised of corporations, nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy and faith groups committed to ensuring that children receive the fundamental resources – the Five Promises – they need to lead successful, healthy and productive lives and build a stronger society. Building on the legacy of our founder General Colin Powell, the Alliance believes the success of our children is grounded in experiencing the Five Promises – caring adults; safe place; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others—at home, in school and in the community. For more information about America's Promise Alliance visit

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