Spellings to Lead National Chamber Foundation

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 8:00pm

Former Secretary of Education to Oversee NCF as Essential Component of Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that Margaret Spellings will lead the National Chamber Foundation as Executive Vice President. In this capacity, the former Secretary of Education will provide both strategic and ongoing management leadership to the Foundation, including critical support around the Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise.

"Margaret is the perfect leader for NCF as it continues fostering public debate on the defining issues to our economy and society," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "A large portion of our Campaign for Free Enterprise is about educating the public that it is the spirit of free enterprise and opportunity that built our great country, and as the new head of the Foundation, Margaret will do an excellent job of that."

Prior to her tenure as Education Secretary for President George W. Bush, Spellings served as Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, where she helped create the No Child Left Behind Act. Previous to that, Spellings worked for six years as Senior Advisor to Governor Bush, developing and implementing the Governor's education reforms.

"From Margaret's extraordinary experience in education policy with state and local governments, we will rely on her to bring together key opinion leaders to foster a public debate about free enterprise," Donohue said. "She'll also spearhead our outreach to colleges and universities where it's essential to educate students on the values of individual initiative, hard work, risk, and innovation."

Spellings joined the Chamber in April as a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO. She continues to work as the President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic and public policy consulting firm.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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