Public Welfare Foundation Celebrates Retiring Board Members and Announces New Members

As of November 1, 2012, three Board members who have given outstanding service and leadership to the Public Welfare Foundation will step down as their terms expire. Peter B. Edelman has chaired the Board since 2007 and served on the Board for 18 years. Thomas J. Scanlon came on the Board in 1973 and served as Board chair from 1995 to 2007. And Thomas Ehrlich has served on the Board since 1996.

Edelman and Scanlon received accolades for their valued contributions at a dinner prior to the October 19, 2012 Board of Directors’ meeting. Ehrlich, who was unable to attend, was celebrated at a Board dinner in June.

“Each of these men has left his mark on the organization, working hard and using his expertise to keep the Foundation a vibrant, forward-thinking place,” said Lydia M. Marshall, who will be the next Board chair. “We are so grateful for their service and pleased that they will still be members of the Public Welfare Foundation family.”

In addition to chairing the Board, Edelman has served on Board committees, including finance, appropriations, grant review, nominating and policy and planning. He has served as Associate Dean at Georgetown University Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. Currently a Professor of Law at the Law Center, he drew on his vast experience in government and academia and his work with nonprofit organizations to write his acclaimed recent book, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.”

Similarly, during his long service on the Board, Thomas Scanlon has served on nearly all the Foundation’s committees: appropriations, nominating, personnel, search, grant review, finance and audit, policy and planning and disaster relief. He is the longest serving Board chair in the Foundation’s history and his overall Board tenure is the third longest in the Foundation’s history.  He is the founder and president of Benchmarks, Inc., a consulting firm that has designed and managed social development programs in the United States, Latin America and China, among other things. A charter Peace Corps volunteer in Chile from 1961-1963, Scanlon captured the experience in a memoir entitled, “Waiting for the Snow.”

Tom Ehrlich has served on the Board’s governance, personnel, grant review and disaster relief committees. He was the first president of the Legal Services Corporation and the first director of the International Cooperation Agency, reporting to President Jimmy Carter. Ehrlich has also served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania and Dean of Stanford Law School. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education and he has written a book on how and why young people should engage in public service.

Three new members, Craig Aase, Cliff Sloan and Landis Zimmerman, will join the Board as of November 1.

Craig Aase is the former Chief Investment Officer at Macalester College. He has also served as Vice President for Administration and Treasurer as well as Controller and Business Manager at Macalester. Previously, he served as Controller at Cornell College and as the Assistant Director for Administration for the University of Rochester’s University Health Service. Using his financial expertise to further his interests in the arts, education and the environment, he serves on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Finance Committee of The Schubert Club; he serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness; and he is a member of Community Investment Group, which serves as the Investment Committee of the St. Paul Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers and he is a member of the accreditation team for the New England Association of Colleges.

Cliff Sloan is a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in litigation and appeals, intellectual property, media and entertainment. He has served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States during the administration of President Bill Clinton; Assistant to the Solicitor General during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; and Associate Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel, Iran-Contra. A recognized expert in new media, he has also served as General Counsel of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, The Washington Post Company’s online subsidiary and as publisher of Slate Magazine.

Landis Zimmerman is the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD and he is responsible for managing its $16 billion endowment. He has also managed the endowment and pension fund for the University of Pennsylvania, serving as its first chief investment officer. And he managed the private equity and fixed income portfolios, in addition to helping formulate asset allocation, at the Rockefeller Foundation. During the first decade of his career, he worked at J.P. Morgan, becoming a vice president in its emerging markets structured products area, and at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he was an associate director in the derivatives department. He currently serves on investment committees of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Gore Creek Asset Management in Chicago and the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.


The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

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