The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that Julia M. Stasch, who has been serving as interim president for the past eight months, will be its next president and CEO.
"During a far reaching presidential search over the past eight months, we watched Julia rapidly changing the work and the point of view of the foundation. We realized that she was already the president that we hoped to find," said MacArthur board chair Marjorie Scardino. "We wanted someone with a breadth of experience, who thinks big and has a bias for action, who has run a complex organization and can select and lead smart people. Julia has shown us that she is that person."
Since Stasch was named interim president, the foundation has launched a $75 million Safety and Justice Challenge aimed at reducing over-incarceration; designed a soon-to-be-launched initiative to deliver useful capital for the social sector through the creation of market-making investment products and tools; begun a process to spin off its successful work in digital media and learning so it can be scaled to achieve greater impact; and planned initiatives aimed at combating climate change and improving nuclear security. Stasch, who joined the foundation in 2001, served as its vice president for U.S. programs for thirteen years, in which position she oversaw national initiatives in the areas of juvenile justice, affordable rental housing, community development finance, and policy research.
"I am honored to be asked to help bring MacArthur's significant assets to bear on the complex and challenging problems of our times. I will do it with the urgency, rigor, and humility that this work requires, and with a deep respect for the many organizations and individuals that actually do the hard work of making the world a better place," said Stasch. "Even as we support existing work and explore new areas, we also will seek public input into the design of a new competition that will offer $100 million for meaningful progress in solving a single important social problem."