Wednesday, December 15, 2010
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order creating the White House Council for Community solutions to provide advice to the president on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work together more effectively to solve specific community needs. Pittsburgh's Bill Strickland (photo), President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, is 1 of 25 corporate, nonprofit and foundation leaders appointed by the President to the council.
The twenty-five appointees range from Jon Bon Jovi to the president of eBay.
President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation. I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
The White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities.
Strickland called his appointment and honor because the Council’s mission dovetails with what Manchester Bidwell does everyday.
" For over 40 years, MBC and its subsidiaries have been providing solutions to Pittsburgh’s endemic societal issues through our powerful mixture of youth arts education, adult career training and supportive and beautiful environments. With this appointment, we’ll have a greater opportunity to spread our proven formula for success and, hopefully, affix Pittsburgh on this country’s road map to more fully-functional communities."
Other appointees to the Council include:
Patty Stonesifer, Chair of the Board,the Smithsonian Institution; chair of the Council
· Byron Auguste, Senior partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC
· Diana Aviv, President and CEO of the Independent Sector
· Paula Boggs, Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Starbucks Coffee Company
· Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
· John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises
· Jim Canales, President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation
· Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University
· John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay Inc.
· Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation
· David Friedman, Lead Director and Chair of Edison Properties/HNB Private Trust
· Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International
· Michele Jolin, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
· Michael Kempner, Founder (1986), President, and CEO of MWW Group
· Steven Lerner, Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Hill Group
· Maurice Lim Miller, Founder, CEO and President of the Family Independence Initiative (FII)
· Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair of the Emerson Collective
· Norman Rice, CEO of The Seattle Foundation
· Kristin Richmond, Co-founder and CEO of Revolution Foods
· Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation
· Nancy H. Rubin, Co-chair of Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary Year
· Paul Schmitz, National CEO of Public Allies
· Jill Schumann, President and CEO of Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
· Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc.
· Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation