New York, NY–(ENEWSPF)–March 10, 2010. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF), established by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to raise money for Haiti relief and recovery efforts after the January earthquake, has appointed a Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer to manage the Fund’s operations.
The six-person board will provide policy guidance and oversee the Fund’s strategy and processes, while monitoring fundraising and cash disbursements to relief organizations operating in Haiti to ensure full adherence to the Fund’s mission and vision.
The CBHF board members are:
- Laura Graham, a former Clinton administration official and Chief Operating Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
- Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff to President Bush and currently a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
- Bruce Lindsey, a former Clinton administration official and currently Chief Executive Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
- Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, a professor at Vanderbilt University, a partner at Cressey & Company in Chicago, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands.
- Henrietta Fore, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development under President Bush and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, an investment and management company.
- Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor during President Clinton’s administration and currently Chief Executive Officer of New Ventures, LLC.
- Gary Edson, who served as Deputy National Security Adviser in President Bush’s administration, co-led the development of the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and led the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty, will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the CBHF. He is currently Chief International Officer at The Case Foundation.
“We are pleased to appoint a board of bipartisan, distinguished leaders whose experience in past disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts will ensure the effective operation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the strategic allocation of its resources to have the greatest impact on the lives of the Haitian people,” President Clinton said. “Their service and dedication will help President Bush and me continue to support the people of Haiti as they build back better in the months and years to come.”
“I am pleased that such a distinguished group of individuals has agreed to serve,” said President Bush. “I thank them for donating their time and talents to this worthy cause. This group will ensure that our fundraising efforts remain strong, and that the money is spent on successful programs that build a better future for the Haitian people.”
Board members will serve three-year terms and will not receive salaries for their services to the Fund. The Board will hold regular meetings as well as an Annual Meeting as part of the management of the CBHF.
In the aftermath of the earthquake on January 12, President Barack Obama asked President Clinton and President Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the CBHF to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and “build back better.”
To this end, CBHF is working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c)(3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. To date, more than 200,000 individuals have donated over $36 million to CBHF, and in the first month, the Fund allocated $4 million to such organizations on the ground as Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide US, Haitian NGO Gheskio, International Medical Corps, and Project Medishare, among others, to provide immediate relief and long-term assistance in the form of medical care and supplies, mobile clinics, water purification, hygiene kits, education assistance, and recovery supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Saint Martin and Martissant.