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President Obama has started a new foundation focused on assisting young men in disadvantaged communities.

The Wall Street Journal article about this effort had offered three pieces of information: the foundation's origin/purpose; financial support, and the board. Nonprofit governance matters.

Here's what was stated about the board:

(News Corp) vice president and global head of government affairs, Toni Cook Bush, will sit on the organization’s board and leadership team. The effort to get the nonprofit off the ground has been spearheaded by Joe Echevarria,the former Deloitte CEO who retired from the company last year to pursue his interest in public policy and public service. Former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, musician John Legend, Washington consultant Robert Raben, and senior executives at Deloitte, American Express, Valor Equity Partners, BET, and other corporations will serve on the foundation’s board.

This board brings an interesting combination of smarts and experience, diversity and access to a wide-range of resources all to reinforce that nonprofit board composition and recruitment (yes, the recruiter makes it tough to resist wanting to engage) does matter

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