FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President Obama Selects Manchester Bidwell Corporation CEO Bill Strickland for the Newly Formed White House Council for Community Solutions
Strickland joins corporate, non-profit and foundation leaders from across the U.S. in offering solutions for more efficiently and effectively addressing community needs to President Obama.
WASHINGTON, DC and PITTSBURGH, PA – December 15, 2010 – On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs. Pittsburgh’s Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC), is one of the twenty-five appointees who range from Jon Bon Jovi to the president of eBay.
President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation. I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
The Council will provide advice to the President on solving specific community needs. Additionally, the White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities. The Council will be composed of leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations who are committed to social innovation and civic engagement.
“Participating in this Council is an honor, especially since the Council’s mission dovetails with what we do every day here at Manchester Bidwell Corporation. For over 40 years, MBC and its subsidiaries have been providing solutions to Pittsburgh’s endemic societal issues through our powerful mixture of youth arts education, adult career training and supportive and beautiful environments. With this appointment, we’ll have a greater opportunity to spread our proven formula for success and, hopefully, affix Pittsburgh on this country’s roadmap to more fully-functional communities,” said Strickland.
The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the White House Council for Community Solutions:
· Patty Stonesifer, Appointee for Chair, White House Council for Community Solutions; Chair of the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian Institution
· Byron Auguste, Senior partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington DC
· Diana Aviv, President and CEO of the Independent Sector
· Paula Boggs, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company
· Jon Bon Jovi, Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
· John Bridgeland, Chief Executive Officer of Civic Enterprises
· Jim Canales, President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine Foundation
· Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University
· John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay Inc.
· Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation
· David Friedman, Lead Director and Chair of Edison Properties/HNB Private Trust
· Jim Gibbons, President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries International
· Michele Jolin, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
· Michael Kempner, Founder (1986), President, and Chief Executive Officer of MWW Group
· Steven Lerner, Founder and Managing Partner of Blue Hill Group
· Maurice Lim Miller, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Family Independence Initiative (FII)
· Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair of the Emerson Collective
· Norman Rice, Chief Executive Officer of The Seattle Foundation
· Kristin Richmond, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Revolution Foods
· Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation
· Nancy H. Rubin, Co-chair of Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary Year
· Paul Schmitz, National CEO of Public Allies
· Jill Schumann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
· Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer of Gap Inc.
· Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation
About Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bidwell Training Center, and National Center for Arts and Technology. As President and CEO, Mr. Strickland’s duties include developing and implementing major fund-raising plans of action, working with Boards of Directors and Industry Advisory Boards, and encouraging the participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations. Mr. Strickland is also instrumental in the creation and maintenance of MBC’s operational affiliate centers in Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH, Grand Rapids, MI, and San Francisco, CA. He holds a B.A., cum laude, in American History and Foreign Relations from the University of Pittsburgh.
About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its Subsidiaries
At Manchester Bidwell Corporation, we have a simple philosophy – environment shapes people’s lives. By constructing an atmosphere of art, light, music and supportive staff, we enable our students to become productive society members. We do this through two programs: Bidwell Training Center provides accredited and state licensed adult career training while Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Youth & Arts program serves public school students by offering courses in our ceramics, design, digital and photography studios. We are so confident in our vision that we founded the National Center for Arts & Technology to create similar educational environments across the nation … and the world!