My Brother's Keeper Alliance to Become Part of Obama Foundation

My Brother's Keeper Alliance to Become Part of Obama Foundation

My Brother's Keeper Alliance, one of the key programs focused on men and boys of color created by the Obama administration, is merging with the Obama Foundation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Expected by many since MBKA CEO Blair Taylor announced his departure from the organization in May, the absorption of MBKA occurs as the still-young foundation is moving forward on the program front and is working to finalize the design of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

The foundation and MBKA already have some overlap. Michael Smith, who ran the MBK initiative in the Obama White House, is the acting executive director of MBKA and works on Youth Opportunity Programs for the Obama Foundation. And MBKA board members include John Rogers, the chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, who is also on the Obama Foundation board, and Arne Duncan, Obama’s former secretary of education, who last week was tapped to be the co-chair of the unnamed development organization created to leverage the economic impact of the Obama Center with respect to surrounding neighborhoods.

Lynn Sweet. "My Brother's Keeper Alliance to Merge With Obama Foundation." Chicago Sun-Times 09/03/2017.