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 CEO, our CFO, the leaders of our programmatic work (generally called CEO or executive director of individual Foundation initiatives and the Presidential Center), and the leaders of our essential support functions.
Leadership Team as of January 2015
- Maura Pally, Acting CEO and Senior Vice President, Women and Youth Programs
- Andrew Kessel, Chief Financial Officer
- Valerie Alexander, Chief Marketing Officer
- Scott Curran, General Counsel
- Amitabh Desai, Foreign Policy Director
- Rain Henderson, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
- Laura Graham, Senior Advisor, Global Programs
- Mark Gunton, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
- Robert Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative
- Bari Lurie, Chief Of Staff, Office Of Chelsea Clinton
- Terri McCullough, Director, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
- Patti Miller, Director, Too Small to Fail
- Craig Minassian, Chief Communications Officer
- Walker Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Development Initiative
- Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director
- Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative
Leaders of Affiliated Entities
- Ira Magaziner, Vice Chairman And Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance For A Healthier Generation
Acting CEO and Senior Vice President, Women and Youth Programs
Maura Pally is the Senior Vice President, Women and Youth Programs, and serves as Acting CEO as the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO. Previously, Maura was the Executive Director for the Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Clinton Foundation where she guided strategic direction, program development, and engagement efforts for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, which works to advance the status of women and girls around the world; Too Small to Fail, which aims to close the word gap and promote early literacy for children ages zero to five; and Job One, which mobilizes businesses and organizations to create employment pathways for disconnected youth in the United States.
Maura joined the Clinton Foundation from Bloomberg Philanthropies where 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 served as deputy counsel for Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign. Maura has also worked in the private sector, including as Manager of Politics and Public Policy at Oxygen Media, managing the network's on-air and on-line efforts to engage women in the political process. Maura served as a special assistant in the Office of White House Counsel under President Clinton, and earned a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
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 of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Marketing Officer
Valerie Alexander joined the Clinton Foundation in 2008 and currently serves as the chief marketing officer, where she oversees marketing, digital, and all strategic partnerships for the Foundation. Previously, she served as an executive vice president at Edelman Public Relations, where she built marketing and communications campaigns for Fortune 100 companies. In 2007, she took a leave of absence from Edelman to serve as a spokesperson and senior communications advisor for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. Early in her career she served as Senator Durbin’s (D-IL) chief of staff.
Scott Curran serves as general counsel for the Clinton Foundation. In this role, he manages legal matters and provides strategic counsel to senior leadership regarding the Foundation’s operations, partnerships, and programs. Scott is on the board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, which works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States. Scott received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana in speech communications, a J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a Masters in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, where he was a member of the inaugural class.
Foreign Policy Director
As foreign policy adviser, Ami helps shape all international programs and efforts, manage relationships with foreign leaders and governments, and build partnerships in places like Northern Ireland, the Balkans, and Myanmar. Ami also serves on the Management Committee of the Haiti Development Fund. Previously, Ami served as legislative aide to then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, with responsibility for foreign affairs. Ami also has worked at JP Morgan on mergers & acquisitions; at the Greater New York Hospital Foundation; at the United Nations; at the International Crisis Group; and in Senator Ted Kennedy’s office. Ami received a master’s degree in foreign policy from Columbia University, and graduated early with a bachelor’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, where he currently serves on the Second Decade Society. Ami lives in New York City with his wife and baby daughter.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Rain Henderson is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. Rain previously served as deputy director of CHMI since the initiative launched in November 2012. In her current role, Rain is responsible for driving CHMI’s strategic vision and fostering partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance the mission of improving the health and well-being of all people in the United States. Previously serving as the senior vice president of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, Rain was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children. Rain holds a M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.
Senior Advisor, Global Programs
Laura Graham is senior advisor of global programs at the Clinton Foundation. She has advised President Clinton’s efforts to help communities rebuild following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, and the South East Asia Tsunami. Prior to her current role, Laura was chief of staff to President Clinton and chief operating officer of the Clinton Foundation. Previously, Laura was President Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and director of scheduling & advance in his Harlem office, and served as co-chair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. She served in the Clinton Administration from 1995-2001 where she was one of the administration’s youngest deputy assistants to the president. Laura graduated from Wagner College with a B.A. in political science.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
Mark Gunton serves as CEO of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. Before joining the Enterprise Partnership in February 2012, Mark spent 28 years in business and finance roles in Fortune 500 companies, mostly in the areas of supply chain and logistics. He has previously held global board positions at TNT Express, as CFO and separately as Managing Director of a $1 billion unit, spanning the continents of North America, South America, Africa, and parts of Asia. He is founder of the hugely successful roadside clinic network in Africa – the Northstar Alliance. In TNT he also pioneered the school-feeding employee twinning program with the World Food Programme. Prior to TNT, Mark worked for Dun and Bradstreet and Davy McKee in London, and KFC in Sydney. He has a bachelor’s degree in international development from the University of East Anglia, UK, and is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative
Bob Harrison is chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Bob spent 22 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and attorney. In 1987, he joined Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner in its investment banking division. Before that, Bob practiced law in New York and Paris with Davis, Polk and Wardwell. Bob is Chairman of the Board of Cornell University, a Director of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and Honorary Chairman of the Henry Street Settlement Board. He received a B.A. in government from Cornell University, an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
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 B.A. in political communications from George Washington University.
Director, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project
Terri McCullough is the director of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a Clinton Foundation initiative led by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. No Ceilings brings together partner organizations to evaluate and share the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and chart the path forward for full participation in political, civil, economic and cultural life for women and girls in the 21st century. Terri joined the Foundation from the Tory Burch Foundation, which works to support women entrepreneurs in the U.S. through small loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education. She previously served as chief of staff, advisor on women’s issues and in a number of other roles in the office of Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. Her non-profit experience includes positions at NARAL Pro-Choice America, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning), and Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. She has a B.A. in politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.
Director, Too Small to Fail
Patti Miller is the director of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation 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 & 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 M.A. in social sciences in education from Stanford University and a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Communications Officer
Craig Minassian brings a unique background in strategic communications, content development and brand marketing to promoting the work of the Clinton Foundation as chief communications officer. 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.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Development Initiative
Walker Morris is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), and is responsible for the overall management of CDI’s projects in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. In this role, Walker oversees CDI’s financial performance, strategic planning, staff development, and governmental relations. He previously served as director of business development for CDI. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation in 2006, Walker served as President of Muirfield Broadcasting, Inc., a radio and television station operating company based in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Walker holds an M.A. in teaching from Duke University and a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Stephanie S. Streett
Stephanie S. Streett is the executive director of the Clinton Foundation. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Clinton Presidential Center, including the development and implementation of its educational programs, special events, exhibits, and services as well as staff management. She establishes and cultivates strategic partnerships and cooperative arrangements with state and local governments, the non-profit and private sector, community groups and other organizations. Stephanie also serves as the corporate secretary for the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors. She is the president of the Arkansas Alumni Association National Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Board of Directors for City Year Little Rock. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Partnership of Little Rock, Arkansas and is a member of the International Women’s Forum Arkansas. During the Clinton Administration, Stephanie was appointed Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling. Previously, she served as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget. She received a B.S. in political science from the University of Arkansas. Stephanie and her husband Don Erbach reside in Little Rock and have three daughters.
Dymphna van der Lans
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative
Dymphna van der Lans serves as the CEO of the Clinton Climate Initiative, where she oversees climate and energy related programs within the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dymphna served as the senior director for public policy programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Energy & Society Program, Economic Policy Program, Immigration & Integration Program, and Urban and Regional Policy Program. Before GMF, Dymphna was the director of global renewables, infrastructure, and energy efficiency at a specialist investment banking firm in London. She worked for seven years at BP where her last appointment was as BP Alternative Energy’s director of distributed energy markets. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Dymphna as one of its inaugural ambassadors of its Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative. The C3E program aims to advance the careers and leadership of professional women in the field of clean energy. Dymphna is also a Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a course on energy transition, systems, innovation and leadership. Her native language is Dutch, and in addition, she speaks English and Chinese fluently and has conversation ability in both French and German. Dymphna holds advanced degrees from both Leiden University and the University of Beijing. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University and is also a graduate from Dialogos, Leadership for Collective Intelligence, and the Kellogg School of Management’s Sales and Marketing Leadership Program.
Leaders of Affiliated Entities
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.
Dr. Howell Wechsler
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is a national expert on childhood obesity, having previously served as the Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the Alliance, Dr. Wechsler leads a team of more than 110 professional staff in 40 states and the District of Columbia taking action to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by making it easier for kids to be physically active and eat healthier foods. Prior to taking on the role of Alliance CEO in 2013, Dr. Wechsler spent 18 years at the CDC, joining as a health scientist in 1995 and most recently serving as the Director of DASH from 2004 to May 2013.