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Our Next Chapter, Our Next Leader


We are pleased to announce that Sean Gibbons will be the new Executive Director of the Communications Network, starting on June 3.   Please stay tuned for a future blog post from Sean introducing himself to the Network, but for the moment, let us do the honors.  You can read the official announcement here.

Sean comes to us from Third Way, a think tank in DC focused on advancing moderate policies and ideas, where he served as Director of Communications, Vice President of Communications, and most recently, Special Advisor and Senior Fellow.  Before his stint at Third Way, Sean was the Director of Media Strategy for the Center for American Progress, which followed his distinguished producing career in broadcast news with organizations like CNN and ABC News.  sean

A few words about our search:  as you remember from our blog post announcing the search, we were seeking someone who we felt could be a “leader of leaders.”  We used this phrase because we know that being part of the Network yields, for many of us, connections to some of the smartest, most creative and visionary thinkers out there who understand how great and really important social causes can be amplified by the power of communicating effectively.  Our search brought us hundreds of interested applicants, and we focused on several critical factors to ensure that we had racial, ethnic, age, and geographic diversity reflected in our final candidate pool.

Sean emerged as the clear candidate through his energy and excitement for what the Network represents now and what we hope it will become. He had many examples to offer us from his storied career in journalism and think tanks about his efforts to find and tell great stories and connect to audiences, which we all know is at the heart of what we do in communications.

Best of all, he is very excited to meet the many talented people who bring life to what the Network does.   For those of you who are attending the Council on Foundations conference this June, the Network will be hosting a reception on the evening of Monday, June 9, for an early introduction of Sean to the philanthropy world.  Then you will have the opportunity to meet him in person at our fall conference in Philadelphia on October 8-10.  Please join us in welcoming Sean, and in giving a big “HUZZAH!” for the Network’s future.

The Communications Network Board wishes to thank Bruce Trachtenberg for all he has done for the Network; he has continued to serve as a special advisor to the Network throughout this transition period.      

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