January 9, 2015
Jan 09

The Clinton Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

Press Release

Eric Braverman Steps Down as Chief Executive Officer; Maura Pally Appointed Acting CEO

New York, NY – The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation today announced that Eric Braverman has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer.  Maura Pally has been named Senior Vice President, Women and Youth Programs, and will serve as Acting CEO of the Clinton Foundation as the Board of Directors conducts a search for a permanent CEO.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked at the Clinton Foundation and have been inspired by the tireless work of our staff around the world to impact and improve the lives of millions of people,” said Eric Braverman. “In the last few years, all the initiatives and programs have worked together to make the Clinton Foundation even stronger and now is the right time for a new leader to take the Foundation into the future.  I'd like to thank President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton for the amazing opportunity to serve at this unique moment in the life of the foundation. Most importantly, I'd like to thank the Clinton Foundation staff and partners for their extraordinary work. I’m looking forward to seeing their continued success as part of the extended Clinton Foundation family and will be cheering them all on.”

“When Eric came onboard, the Foundation had been growing quickly for more than a decade. Our individual initiatives were doing well, but Eric’s leadership helped us improve our governance structure, increase coordination across the Foundation and build better internal processes,” said President Bill Clinton, Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.  “Eric also helped us put the use of data front and center so we can better measure the impact of our work and make better decisions about our programs, enabling our staff in New York and around the world to increase our impact and deliver on our mission. We are very grateful to Eric for his leadership and these efforts.”

Maura Pally said, “I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to step into this role during this transition.  I have worked alongside the Foundation’s tremendous team for quite some time, and know we all share the same passion for and commitment to empowering others to live their best lives.  We have a remarkable legacy here, and an even bigger opportunity ahead.”  

Maura will temporarily fill the role of Acting CEO as the Board conducts a search for a new CEO, and will resume her duties as Senior Vice President, Women and Youth Programs once a permanent CEO has been selected and announced. Eric will remain available to help Maura and the Foundation leadership team through the transition process.

Maura Pally
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. 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.

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