The board of directors of the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, California, has announced the appointment of Donald H. Gips as the foundation's new CEO.
With a career that spans public service, business, politics, finance, and technology, Gips brings a depth and breadth of experience that will be useful in both sustaining and elevating the foundation's efforts to support and advance social entrepreneurship globally. Most recently, he led the Albright Stonebridge Group's practice in Africa, where he consulted with companies, entrepreneurs, and foundations making investments across the continent and in other emerging markets in areas ranging from renewable energy and digital technologies to gender parity and food security. Before joining Albright Stonebridge, Gips served as director of presidential personnel in the Obama administration, where he led the effort to vet and select more than three thousand political appointees from a candidate pool of more than four hundred thousand applicants. And from 2009 to 2013, he served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa, where he managed over a thousand staffers across multiple agencies and a budget of more than $600 million.
Gips will join the foundation on April 9, succeeding Sally Osberg, who served as the foundation's CEO for seventeen years before retiring a year ago. Richard Fahey, who served as interim president after Osberg's departure, will return to his position as chief operating officer, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
"I am deeply humbled to join the Skoll Foundation team at this critical juncture of the organization's growth, and at a time when the complexity of the world's most pressing problems demands innovative, sustainable solutions," said Gips. "This is a full circle return to where my career began: exploring how unconventional approaches can unlock societal potential and solve problems. I welcome the challenge to build upon this organization's incredible legacy and accelerate progress toward a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous world."