WASHINGTON — America's Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, announced today that political and legislative leader Jennifer Lowe has been elected to its board of directors.
The America’s Promise board of directors provides strategic counsel regarding the organization’s mission and work, including the GradNation campaign. GradNation is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020, with no school graduating fewer than 80 percent of its students on time.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to our board,” said, Alma J. Powell, board chair. “We are dedicated to recruiting a well-rounded group of individuals who strongly believe in our mission and whose areas of expertise and influence aligns with our initiatives. Jennifer’s experience and level of community engagement reflects that commitment.”
“In addition, Jennifer’s political and legislative background will provide invaluable insight as we seek to build momentum and support for our GradNation campaign 2020 goals,” added John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise.
Lowe is currently Vice President for State and Local Government Operations at The Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace corporation. In this position, she manages the State and Local Government Operations organization nationwide, integrating its efforts with legislative and business initiatives. Lowe also manages Global Corporate Citizenship efforts for Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space & Security business units. Previously, she was Vice President for Strategy & Advocacy and Chief of Staff for Government Operations.
“It brings me great pride to be a part of a national movement focused on ensuring that the promise of America extends to all youth,” said Lowe.
Prior to joining Boeing, Lowe had extensive management, legislative, and political experience in the U.S. Congress and in directing campaigns. She previously served as Chief of Staff to Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) where she managed his staff in five offices. She oversaw legislation, including committee and floor strategy, appropriation requests, interaction with the Administration and other government agencies, constituent services, press strategy and outreach with other Members of Congress, their Chiefs of Staff and the business community.
Lowe has a B.A. in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University. Additional education includes: Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Mandarin Chinese Language Training; Public Policy Program through Georgetown University; and, the International Study Abroad Program at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Other members of the Alliance’s Board of Directors are: Alma J. Powell, chair; C. Gregg Petersmeyer, vice chair; Donna Barksdale, secretary, Barksdale Management Corporation; General Colin L. Powell, founding chairman, USA (Ret); James L. Barksdale, president and CEO, Barksdale Management Corporation; Daniel A. Casey, immediate past chair, YMCA of the USA; Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H, director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators; Daniel Erickson, member, Youth Impact Network, America’s Promise Alliance; Raul Fernandez, chairman, ObjectVideo; Harold E. Ford, Jr., managing director and senior client relationship manager, Morgan Stanley; Brian A. Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide; Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., president, Amachi Program; Larry Klane, global financial institutions group leader, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company; Charlene Lake, senior vice president, public affairs and chief sustainability officer, AT&T; Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., president, Morehouse School of Medicine; Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC News; Michael Parham, interim general counsel, RealNetworks, Inc.; Kathy Havens Payne, senior director, education leadership, State Farm Insurance Companies; Michael K. Powell, president and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Jin Roy Ryu, chairman and CEO, PMX Industries, Inc. & chairman and CEO, Poongsan Corporation (Korea); and Carmita Vaughan, founder, C. Vaughan & Associates.
America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. Through our GradNation campaign, we mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Building on the legacy of our founding chairman General Colin L. Powell USA (ret.), America’s Promise believes the success of young people is grounded in the Five Promises—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others. For more information, visit AmericasPromise.org.