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 February 2020
- LISENA DESANTIS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
- ANDREW KESSEL, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
- D. Lance king, chief development officer
- BARI LURIE, CHIEF OF STAFF, OFFICE OF CHELSEA CLINTON
- PATTI MILLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, TOO SMALL TO FAIL
- GREGORY MILNE, CHIEF IMPACT and foreign policy OFFICER
- 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
- CATHARINE SMITH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE
- STEPHANIE S. STREETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- 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
- IRA MAGAZINER, VICE CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative
Lisena DeSantis is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she oversees the ongoing support and engagement of CGI commitment makers. This includes efforts to deepen the impact of existing CGI Commitments to Action and identify areas of opportunity for new commitment development by offering creative programming, curating networking opportunities, and providing facilitated introductions for commitment makers. Prior to this role, Lisena served as director of commitments and member services of CGI and the deputy director for CGI America, a two-day event promoting economic growth in the United States attended by 1,000 leaders from the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Before joining CGI in 2012, Lisena worked at the Open Society Foundations in New York City and Physicians for Human Rights in Nairobi, Kenya. She received a bachelor's in history from Yale University in 2005.
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 resides in New York City with Molly, a basenji mix who he says “rescued him.”
Chief of Staff, Office of Chelsea Clinton
Bari Lurie joined the Clinton Foundation in August 2011 as 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. Prior to the Foundation, Bari was chief of staff at Tribeca Enterprises, working on growth strategies and managing the company’s signature partnership with Qatar. Before moving to New York, Bari worked on Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as her 2006 Senate race and for her political action committee, HILLPAC. Bari holds a bachelor's in political communications from George Washington University.
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 Impact and Foreign Policy Officer
Gregory Milne is the chief impact and foreign policy officer at the Clinton Foundation. In this role, he oversees 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.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Catharine Smith is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. Catharine previously served as executive director of the Harvard Center for Primary Care where she led business development, strategy, and operations for a think-tank focused on improving value-based, patient-centered care. She has served in program development and management roles across various health care sectors, directing national and global initiatives in hospital medicine quality improvement and primary care systems strengthening. Catharine is currently completing a master's in business administration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a graduate degree in social science research from the University of Chicago.
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.
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.
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Ira Magaziner is the vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). From 1993 through 1998, Ira served as senior advisor to President Clinton for Policy Development at the White House where he supervised the development and implementation of the administration’s policy for commercialization of the Internet and worked with the First Lady on the development of the President’s Health Reform Initiative. Prior to his White House service, Ira founded and led Telesis, an international business strategy consulting firm with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Ira graduated from Brown University as valedictorian of the class of 1969, and attended Balliol College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.