The board of trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation has announced that Lisa Hamilton will become the foundation's next president and CEO, effective January 1. Hamilton, the foundation's executive vice president and chief program officer, will succeed Patrick McCarthy, who announced his retirement after twenty-five years with the foundation, nearly nine as president and CEO.
Hamilton joined the Baltimore-based foundation as vice president of external affairs in 2011 and in that role led its efforts in the areas of data, policy advocacy, communications, and leadership development. She also led, in 2014, the creation of the first Race for Results report, 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 the foundation's efforts to promote equity and inclusion for children, families, and communities of color. In 2017, she was appointed executive vice president and chief program officer, with broad oversight of program investments, including efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the adoption of effective strategies. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as vice president of corporate public relations for UPS and as president of the UPS Foundation, where she directed the package delivery and supply chain management company's global philanthropic and volunteer programs.
During his tenure as president and CEO, McCarthy focused the foundation's work and strategies more sharply on the areas of family, opportunity and community; declared racial and ethnic equity and inclusion central to advancing its mission of ensuring that all children are able to realize their potential; and guided the organization through a number of changes, including an increase in investments in proven programs and practices and an expansion of efforts focused on public system reform and community development.
"We are fortunate to have someone with Lisa's experience and vision step into this important role," said board chair Michael Eskew. "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."