Working together with the Board of Directors, the Clinton Foundation's leadership team is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's work around the world. Our leadership team consists of our chief executive officer, our chief financial officer, the leaders of our programmatic work (generally called chief executive officer or executive director of individual Foundation initiatives and the Presidential Center), and the leaders of our essential support functions.
Leadership Team as of August 2021
- ANDREW KESSEL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
- D. Lance king, chief development officer
- PATTI MILLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TOO SMALL TO FAIL
- GREGORY MILNE, CHIEF executive officer, clinton global initiative
- CRAIG MINASSIAN, CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS and marketing OFFICER
- MAURA PALLY, executive VICE PRESIDENT
- BILL RUSTRICK, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
- Amy Sandgrund-Fisher, General counsel and chief human resources officer
- LUKE SCHIEL, DIRECTOR, CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
- Joy Secuban, CHIEF OF STAFF, OFFICE OF CHELSEA CLINTON
- STEPHANIE S. STREETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- Chris Thrasher, Senior Director of Substance Use Disorders and Recovery, CLINTON HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE
- KEVIN THURM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
- BILL WETZEL, Chief Executive Officer, CGI UNIVERSITY
- Eric White, chief technology officer
Leaders of our Separate, Affiliated Entities
- KATHY HIGGINS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION
- JOY PHUMAPHI, INTERIM CO-CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE
- ANN VENEMAN, INTERIM CO-CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Kessel is the chief financial officer of the Clinton Foundation, a role he has held since joining the Foundation in 2004. Andrew has played a role in managing the growth of the Foundation in its transition to a global organization. He has had a career of service in the corporate financial world, most recently with Barclays PLC as a managing director for nine years. He previously worked at Kidder Peabody and Co. and also in the capital markets division of Citibank. He holds a bachelor's in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
d. lance king
Chief Development Officer
Lance King is the chief development officer at the Clinton Foundation, bringing to the role more than 25 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. In this capacity, Lance leads efforts to facilitate philanthropic gifts and grants to advance the mission of the Foundation and its programs and initiatives. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Lance completed an executive residency in association management with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has since held executive fundraising positions with the ASHP Research and Education Foundation, leading public research universities including UT Austin, the University of Colorado, and Stony Brook University as well as with the San Francisco Symphony, Gill Foundation, and Denver Zoo. As executive vice president at the Chicago-based Grenzebach Glier and Associates, Lance led a team of philanthropic management consultants and analysts in elevating the fundraising success of leading nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. A passionate advocate for the role that donors and funders can play in creating opportunity and improving lives, Lance lives in New York City with his husband, Dr. Eric Hanauer, and their dog Molly.
Chief Executive Officer, Too Small to Fail
Patti Miller is the chief executive officer of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patti was the vice president of public policy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street". Patti previously served as vice president of the Children and the Media Program at Children Now. In that role, she led a broad coalition in advocacy and policy efforts to improve the media environment for children. Patti holds an master's in social sciences in education from Stanford University and a bachelor's in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative
Gregory Milne is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative at the Clinton Foundation. Prior to this role, Greg served as chief impact and foreign policy officer at the Clinton Foundation where we oversaw the Foundation's efforts on programmatic impact and evaluation, metrics, and information sharing; he also helps guide international strategy and plays a central role in shaping and executing President Clinton's foreign policy vision for the Foundation. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of staff and director of policy to President Clinton and chief executive office of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti program. Prior to that he worked as the private sector advisor at the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, President Clinton’s UN office, assisting with economic development and reconstruction programs in Haiti. Before joining the Clinton Foundation, he was a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in the New York Office where he specialized in international property transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Greg received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where he was a Crowley Scholar and a bachelor's from the University of Michigan. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
As chief communications and marketing officer, Craig Minassian brings a unique background in strategic communications, content development, and brand marketing to helping advance the work of the Clinton Foundation through overseeing its communications, digital, and marketing efforts. Craig served as assistant press secretary and director of television news in the White House for President Clinton and on numerous presidential campaigns including Clinton/Gore ‘96 and Secretary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, as well as a senior advisor to the Democratic National Convention Committees in 2008 and 2012. Since 2005 he has worked with the Clinton Foundation, including as director of communications for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Craig spent a significant portion of his career with HBO working on cause-related and topical programming including “Comic Relief" and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and as a consultant and producer for networks including Comedy Central, MTV, and ABC. In 2006, he launched Minassian Media, which helps some of the most impactful global organizations in health, climate, media, technology, and social entrepreneurship tell their story. He also worked on World Cup USA‘94 and serves on the President's Council and School of Communication advisory board for the University of Miami, where he graduated in 1992.
Executive Vice President
Maura Pally is the executive vice president of the Clinton Foundation. In this role, Maura oversees the strategic and operational efforts of the Foundation’s initiatives, and fosters relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations to support the life-changing work of the Clinton Foundation. Prior to her current role, Maura was responsible for the Foundation's women and youth programs including managing the creation, development, and implementation of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project; Too Small to Fail; and Job One, an effort to help close the skills gap nationally. She has also served as acting chief executive officer.
Maura joined the Clinton Foundation from Bloomberg Philanthropies where, as a member of the leadership team, she provided strategic direction for programmatic activities and oversight of operational management. Previously, she served as acting assistant and deputy assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As acting assistant secretary, Maura led a bureau of 450 employees and a $635 million annual budget to fulfill ECA's mandate of facilitating public diplomacy through exchange programs, including the flagship Fulbright Scholarship Program. Maura oversaw the Department's exchange activities and budget strategy ensuring programs furthered the Administration's foreign policy objectives, and created new programs, including smARTpower and TechWomen to empower the next generation of women leaders in technology. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Maura held several positions in the government and the private sector, including as a special assistant in the Office of White House Counsel under President Clinton and as manager of politics and public policy at Oxygen Media. She earned a bachelor's from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Development Initiative
Bill Rustrick is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), based in Malawi. He joined CDI as country director in Malawi and managing director of Tukula Farming Company in November 2015. Prior to CDI he was the operations director on a multi-estate tea production facility in Western Kenya, involving a large out-grower supply chain. He has also helped establish, develop, and manage both smallholder and commercial cropping operations in Mozambique, Brazil, Zambia, the Gambia, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia.
General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer
Amy Sandgrund-Fisher is the general counsel and chief human resources officer for the Clinton Foundation. Previously, she served as people counsel at AppNexus, where she was responsible for providing legal advice on employment matters and nonprofit partnerships, among other responsibilities. Prior to this role, Amy served in senior legal roles at several for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and Tough Mudder. Amy also worked at Proskauer LLP for a number of years focused on litigation and at the Citizens Union of the City of New York as its advocacy director. In addition to her legal practice, Amy has also served on a number of New York City Bar Association committees focused on women in the law and issues related to New York City government. Amy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from New York University Law School.
Director, Clinton Global Initiative
Luke Schiel is the director of the CGI Action Networks, where he oversees the Clinton Foundation’s work and partnerships with organizations committed to promoting climate resilience, fostering inclusive economic growth, and supporting community-based organizations in the United States and the Caribbean. In this role, he devises strategies to drive attention, resources and partnerships to those at the forefront of progressive social and environmental change. Prior, Luke served in various program, partnership, fundraising, and leadership capacities at the Clinton Global Initiative. He first joined the Clinton Foundation in 2013 and previously worked in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Luke has a bachelor’s degree in political science and English literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Chief of Staff, Office of Chelsea Clinton
Joy Secuban is the chief of staff to Chelsea Clinton. In this capacity she helps shape and implement the strategic direction of the office, including Chelsea’s engagement across the Foundation. Previously, she served as program director in the Office of Chelsea Clinton in New York and communications manager for the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Prior to joining the Foundation, she developed and executed programs across 34 states as community relations manager for Alltel Wireless. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in advertising and public relations from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
STEPHANIE S. STREETT
Stephanie S. Streett is executive director of the Clinton Foundation where she oversees the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center. The Clinton Center provides a unique perspective of the work – past, present and future – of the 42nd President of the United States William J. Clinton as well as extensive educational programming and cultural opportunities for visitors of all ages. Stephanie oversees the Presidential Leadership Scholars program on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. This first-of-its-kind leadership development program produces bold and principled leaders committed to solving our world’s greatest challenges through a unique collaboration among the presidential centers of William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. She also serves as corporate secretary for the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors.
Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Partnership of Little Rock, is co-chair of the Board of Directors for City Year Little Rock, is a member of the International Women’s Forum Arkansas, and the Rotary Club of Little Rock where she was named a Paul Harris Fellow. She previously served as president of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Stephanie received the 2015 Sandra Wilson Cherry Award, and the 2018 City Year Little Rock Lifetime of Service Award.
Stephanie served in the Clinton White House for eight years, first as deputy assistant to the president, and then as assistant to the president and director of scheduling. Previously she worked on Capitol Hill as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget. Stephanie earned her B.S. in political science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She and her husband, Don Erbach, reside in Little Rock with their three daughters Olivia, Katherine, and Caroline.
Senior Director of Substance Use Disorders and Recovery, Clinton Health Matter Initiative
Christian serves as senior director of substance use disorders and recovery within the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. In this capacity, Chris oversees all of the Foundation’s efforts helping to address the substance use disorders. Two of the cornerstone initiatives of this work at the foundation is working with communities and our foundation partners to ensure that naloxone (the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug) is widely available, accessible, and affordable. Another cornerstone initiative is CHMI’s Empowering Faith Leaders program. Our nations’ faith leaders are an integral part of stigma reduction regarding substance use disorders and as such CHMI is deeply engaged in the training of our current and future faith leaders throughout the United States.
Before joining the Clinton Foundation, Chris served as the senior vice president of behavioral health at Sharecare, a comprehensive health and wellness engagement platform. Prior to Sharecare, Chris served in several leadership roles over 14 years in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2003, Chris founded and became director of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH). In addition, Chris was a member of the faculty at MSM within the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
Chris earned a bachelor’s in communications and psychology from the State University College of Fredonia in New York and a master’s in human sexuality, marriage and family relations from New York University. Chris is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as well as a certified Sexuality Counselor and Sexuality Educator by The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Since December 17, 1989, Chris has been living in long-term recovery a day at a time.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Thurm is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation. He previously served as a senior counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he worked with Secretary Sylvia Burwell and HHS senior leadership on a number of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, including continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that role, Kevin held various leadership positions at Citigroup, including chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. Before joining Citigroup, Thurm served as the deputy secretary and chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala. He received a bachelor's from Tufts University in 1983; a bachelor's/master's from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989.
Chief Executive Officer, CGI University
Bill is the CEO of CGI University (CGI U), where he oversees the Clinton Foundation's efforts to engage university students and the higher education community in addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges. This includes the annual meeting of CGI U, which brings together over 1,000 students from over 300 different schools, and the CGI University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Bill has worked with CGI since the launch of CGI U in 2007. Before joining CGI, Bill co-founded the Talk to Me Project, a civic engagement initiative that was featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and This American Life. He studied sustainable development at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Chief Technology Officer
Eric White is the chief technology officer at the Clinton Foundation. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, starting his career with Microsoft. Eric has served as the founder and CEO of Utopia Systems, a pioneering cloud-hosting service provider and most recently, he was the chief technology officer of Cloudscale365, a hybrid cloud and managed services provider. He has a deep understanding of cloud architecture, networks, and software development with a focus on the strategic use of innovative technology to create impact and improve the organization’s ability to perform its work.
Leaders of our Independent, Affiliated Initiatives
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Kathy Higgins is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is a national expert on health care and philanthropy, having previously served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. At Healthier Generation, Kathy leads a team of nearly 100 professional staff across the nation taking action to improve child and adolescent health, with a particular focus on addressing critical child and adolescent health issues including nutrition, physical activity, social-emotional health, and sleep. Prior to taking on the role of Healthier Generation CEO in January 2019, Higgins spent more than 30 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, where her roles span leading public health engagement, corporate communications, community relations, and corporate affairs. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and completed her master’s work in community health education at Virginia Tech.
Interim co-Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Joy Phumaphi started her career in public service as a principal local government auditor where she was responsible for all local authorities in the country. She went on to serve as a Member of Parliament. She held cabinet responsibility for Lands and Housing and established a groundbreaking housing policy that provided housing for all Batswana regardless of income status. She later became Minister of Health, a role that catapulted her to international acclaim after establishing the first comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment program in Africa, amidst an HIV/AIDS crisis in the country and the world. She was awarded the Stanley H. Knowles Humanitarian Award in 2003 for this work. She later joined the WHO as Assistant Director General, where she was responsible for the 2005 World Health Report. “Make every mother and child count”.
As Vice President of Human Development at the World Bank, she introduced the Bank’s largest project evaluation program. Ms. Phumaphi is the Co-Chair of the Lancet Pathfinder Commission on Climate Change and Health. She also co-chairs the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and is former co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Women, Children and Adolescent Health. Ms. Phumaphi is currently the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, an alliance of 49 African Heads of State and Government. She is co-chair of the PMNCH Partner Engagement in Countries Committee. She was a member of the UN High Level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises; and has served as a member of the UN Reference Group on Economics and as a UN Commissioner on HIV/AIDS and Governance.
Interim co-Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. The only woman to ever serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ms. Veneman directed one of most diverse federal agencies with a budget of $113 billion and 110,000 employees. She also served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation’s largest agricultural producing region. From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Ms. Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for a number of leading corporate and nonprofit groups, including CHAI. She is a member of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including poverty alleviation, empowering women and girls, food security and nutrition, and global health.
Throughout her career Ms. Veneman has served on a number of advisory councils and committees. Currently she serves on the advisory boards of Sundridge Partners, CitiRock Partners, BRAC, KDC Ag, Just Capital, the National 4-H Council, Resolution Project, Terra Vesco, the Close Up Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, Living Goods, Perfect Day, Ukko, Memphis Meats, and the Stanislaus County Community Foundation. She has also a worked with the Bipartisan Policy Center on nutrition and political reform issues and with the Chicago Council on agricultural development. She also served as a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. A lawyer by training, Ms. Veneman has practiced law in both California and in Washington DC. Veneman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.