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Three New Vice Presidents Appointed

Monday, April 23, 2007
Contact: Dianne Price
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Kellogg Foundation Names Three New Program Vice Presidents

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation today announced the appointments of three new program vice presidents.

Gail C. Christopher, Anne B. Mosle, and Gregory B. Taylor have been selected to help guide the Foundation’s current and future programs. Taylor has already assumed his role as vice president for Youth and Education. Christopher will join the Foundation July 1 as vice president for Health. Mosle will join the organization July 9 as vice president for Philanthropy and Volunteerism.

“I’m very pleased to welcome these three well-qualified individuals to our executive leadership team,” said Sterling Speirn, president and chief executive officer. “They bring with them a breadth of real-world experience that will help us shape our vision and achieve greater impact with our programming in the years ahead.”

“We look forward to the creative ideas and innovative program management that Anne, Gail, and Greg will provide,” added James McHale, the Foundation’s senior vice president for programs. “They will work closely with me and others on our executive team to ensure that the Kellogg Foundation’s future grantmaking is most effective, efficient and helpful to the people and communities we serve.”

Christopher currently is vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Office of Health, Women and Families in Washington, D.C. She directs the Joint Center Health Policy Institute, a multi-year initiative created to engage underserved, racial, and ethnic minorities in health policy discussions. Previously, she was guest scholar in the Governance Studies Department at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

In addition, Christopher served as director and naprapathic physician with the Naprapathic Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois. Christopher took her doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois and completed advanced study in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in holistic health and clinical nutrition at the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities at Union Graduate School of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dr. Christopher received a 2007 Leadership Award from the Health Brain Trust of the Congressional Black Caucus, for her work with Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and its impact on public policies to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.  She has authored and co-authored three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and has written more than 250 articles, presentations, and publications. Her list of national broadcast and print media credits is also extensive.

Mosle is currently president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation in Washington, D.C., one of the five fastest growing women’s foundations in the nation. During her six-and-a-half years leading the organization, Mosle developed the foundation from a philanthropic start-up with annual grantmaking of less than $25,000, to one of the leading women’s foundations with more than $1 million in annual grantmaking and a range of innovative philanthropic programs. Among her accomplishments are creation of the Portrait Project, a comprehensive community organizing and research study on the status of women and girls in the Washington area, and Stepping Stones, a nationally recognized initiative to build the financial independence of low-income women and their families in our nation’s capitol. Mosle also serves on the Women’s Foundation Network and Women & Philanthropy boards, and is a speaker and media spokeswoman on issues of philanthropy, women and families, and economic security and justice.

Previously, she was with the Center for Policy Alternatives – also in Washington, D.C. – where she held various positions, including senior vice president for  leadership initiatives; vice president for policies and program; and director of the women’s program.

Mosle earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Richmond in Virginia, and completed graduate coursework in international public policy and economics in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Taylor joined the Kellogg Foundation in 2003 as a program director in Youth and Education. In that role, Greg was responsible for the design, planning, and management of programs related to the Foundation’s efforts to align community systems that increase learning outcomes for vulnerable young people. His most notable work includes serving as the national director of the Foundation’s Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids Initiative (SPARK) and co-leading the conceptualization, planning and implementation of the New Options for Youth Initiative – a Foundation funded program designed to create viable education and employment options for out-of-school youth.

Prior to that, he was the senior director and chief program officer at the Fannie Mae Foundation in Washington, D.C.  He also spent several years as the executive director and program manager with Community IMPACT!, a nonprofit youth development organization.  His other previous experience includes serving as a program officer for the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Youth Development and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and director of special projects for the Manhattan Valley Youth Program in New York City.

Taylor took his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington and his bachelor of arts degree in political science and urban affairs from Hunter College, City University of New York.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” To achieve the greatest impact, the Foundation targets its grants toward specific areas.  These include health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these areas, attention is given to exploring learning opportunities in leadership, information and communication technology, capitalizing on diversity, and social and economic community development.

Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
For further information, please visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.wkkf.org.

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