Public Welfare Foundation Honors Two Retiring Board Members and Announces a New Member

On October 1, 2013, Myrtis H. Powell and Juliet V. Garcia, will step down as longtime and valued members of the Public Welfare Foundation Board, as their terms expire.  They were recognized at a dinner prior to the Board meeting on September 13, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Powell, who joined the Board in 1988, has served as vice chair since 2007. During her tenure, she has served on a number of Board committees, most notably the Board development committee, which she chaired for the past two years.

At the dinner, current Board chair Lydia M. Marshall said that Powell has been known for her “energy, keen insight and great sense of humor,” during her time on the Board. “She truly leaves a strong legacy behind.”

Powell, a former President and CEO of Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, has devoted most of her career to higher education and helping young people. She has served as vice president for student affairs at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. As a former program officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, she focused on job programs for youth and women.

Throughout her career, Powell has “steadfastly maintained her commitment to service in Cincinnati,” as Marshall put it. She has served on the boards of the Seasongood Good Government Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, ArtLinks, and Bethesda Hospital, Inc., among others. And she has been a proud contributor to the development of the Powell Scholars program at Purcell Marian High School.

Similarly, Juliet Garcia, who joined the Board in 1996, has served on a number of committees and was interim chair from 2007 to 2008.

As Marshall noted, Garcia has long been valued as a “consensus builder” and for her “uniquely warm smile.” Like the former investment firm E.F. Hutton, “When Juliet speaks, people listen. Her style is very gracious and she has the canny ability to get along with everybody,” Marshall said.

Garcia has also been a star in the academic community, serving since 1992 as president of the University of Texas at Brownsville. Under her leadership, the university’s budget, enrollment and campus acreage have grown enormously and she was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 college presidents in 2009. Long committed to expanding educational opportunity, Garcia is a past Board chair of the American Council on Education. Her board service also includes the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Academies Policy and Global Sciences division.

“Both of these women have played key roles in keeping the foundation together during times of transition,” said Marshall. “We appreciate all that they have done and we are delighted that they will remain close members of the Public Welfare Foundation family.”

One new member will join the Board as of October 1:

Colin Diver is the former President of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and, prior to that, as Associate Professor and then Professor of Law at Boston University Law School. In addition to his academic career, Diver has held a number of government posts in Massachusetts, including Chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, appointed by former Governor Michael Dukakis; Undersecretary of Administration and Finance and Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs, during the administration of former Governor Francis Sargent; and Special Counsel to former Boston Mayor Kevin White. He has also served as a trustee of Amherst College and as member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity.


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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