Lisa Hamilton Named Next President & CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Posted October 18, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Lisa Hamilton will assume the role of president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Jan. 1, 2019.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion Board of Trustees today announced that Lisa Hamil­ton will become the Foundation’s next pres­i­dent and chief exec­u­tive offi­cer effec­tive Jan. 1, 2019. Hamil­ton is the Foundation’s exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief pro­gram offi­cer. She will suc­ceed Patrick McCarthy, who announced his retire­ment after 25 years at the Foun­da­tion, near­ly nine as its top leader.

We are for­tu­nate to have some­one with Lisa’s expe­ri­ence and vision step into this impor­tant role,” said Michael Eskew, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Lisa is an enor­mous­ly tal­ent­ed leader who brings a deep under­stand­ing of the needs of kids and fam­i­lies, and she is the ide­al leader to build on the ter­rif­ic accom­plish­ments of Patrick McCarthy. Her abil­i­ty to use research and data to devel­op inno­v­a­tive strate­gies, and to part­ner with com­mu­ni­ties and deci­sion mak­ers to spread what works, will enable the Foun­da­tion to help all chil­dren real­ize their potential.”

Hamil­ton joined the Foun­da­tion in 2011 as vice pres­i­dent of exter­nal affairs. In six years, she trans­formed the unit into a pow­er­house for data, pol­i­cy advo­ca­cy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and lead­er­ship devel­op­ment. She led the cre­ation of Casey’s first Race for Results report in 2014, which mea­sured how chil­dren from dif­fer­ent racial and eth­nic back­grounds were far­ing on key mile­stones from birth to adult­hood and served as a spring­board for efforts to pro­mote equi­ty and inclu­sion for chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties of color.

Hamilton’s appoint­ment comes in the 70th year of the Casey Foun­da­tion, a nation­al phil­an­thropy based in Bal­ti­more that is ded­i­cat­ed to cre­at­ing a brighter future for all chil­dren in the Unit­ed States by devel­op­ing solu­tions to strength­en fam­i­lies, build paths to eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ty and trans­form com­mu­ni­ties into safer and health­i­er places to live, work and grow. The Foun­da­tion was cre­at­ed in 1948 by Jim Casey, the founder of UPS, and his siblings.

Last year, Hamil­ton was appoint­ed exec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief pro­gram offi­cer, which gave her broad over­sight of Casey’s pro­gram invest­ments, includ­ing efforts to strength­en the social sec­tor and encour­age the take-up of effec­tive strate­gies through pol­i­cy and data advo­ca­cy, lead­er­ship devel­op­ment and research.

Pri­or to join­ing the Foun­da­tion, Hamil­ton enjoyed a 14-year career at UPS. She held posi­tions in cor­po­rate tax and pub­lic affairs before advanc­ing to pres­i­dent of the UPS Foun­da­tion, where she direct­ed glob­al phil­an­thropic and vol­un­teer pro­grams. She ulti­mate­ly served as vice pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate pub­lic rela­tions, over­see­ing glob­al media rela­tions, rep­u­ta­tion man­age­ment and exec­u­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the company.

Hamil­ton serves on the boards of the Bal­ti­more Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, Case­book PBC and Striv­e­To­geth­er. She served as a trustee of the Casey Foun­da­tion from 2008 to 2011.

She is a native of Atlanta who earned a bachelor’s degree in com­merce from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia and a law degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

For near­ly eight years, I’ve been able to help change the odds for young peo­ple all over the coun­try,” Hamil­ton said. Along with our part­ners and grantees, we have made great progress in some areas, but we have so much more to accom­plish to ensure sys­tems, poli­cies and insti­tu­tions are designed to con­nect chil­dren and their fam­i­lies with oppor­tu­ni­ty, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who have been denied oppor­tu­ni­ty for gen­er­a­tions. I look for­ward to build­ing on our efforts to score vic­to­ries for chil­dren when I step into this new role.”

Hamil­ton suc­ceeds McCarthy, who focused the Foundation’s work and strate­gies more sharply on the three pri­ma­ry areas of fam­i­ly, oppor­tu­ni­ty and com­mu­ni­ty, bring­ing more uni­ty and clar­i­ty to Casey’s wide-rang­ing invest­ments. Dur­ing his tenure, he declared racial and eth­nic equi­ty and inclu­sion were Foun­da­tion pri­or­i­ties and cen­tral to advanc­ing Casey’s mis­sion to ensure all chil­dren are able to real­ize their poten­tial. Over the past sev­er­al years, he has guid­ed the Foun­da­tion through a num­ber of changes in its work and as an orga­ni­za­tion, includ­ing greater invest­ments in proven pro­grams and prac­tices and the expan­sion of efforts focused on pub­lic sys­tem reform and com­mu­ni­ty development.

Eskew said Hamil­ton is the ide­al leader to build on those efforts and chart new ter­ri­to­ry. She led the devel­op­ment of a strat­e­gy to expand the Foundation’s lead­er­ship pro­grams, focused greater atten­tion on improv­ing child well-being in the South and South­west, led efforts to strength­en and mea­sure pro­gram­mat­ic effec­tive­ness and increased the engage­ment of fam­i­lies, young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties in the Foun­da­tion’s work.

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