Barbara Bush Foundation names Mosaic exec Mark Kaplan to Board of Directors

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy named Mosaic Company executive Mark Kaplan to its Board of Directors.

Kaplan serves both as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and on the corporate Senior Leadership Team for The Mosaic Company, a global leader of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. He also served as Chief of Staff to former Gov. Jeb Bush and as a member of the State Board of Education, the seven-member all-volunteer body that oversees K-12 public education and the state college system.

“I am passionate about the power of education and honored to join the board of The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.” Kaplan said, “Working first-hand with the Bush family, I have seen their strong commitment to providing early learning and high-quality education opportunities for all children in the United States and am looking forward to building on that important work.”

“We are honored to welcome Mark Kaplan to our board,” Foundation President Liza McFadden stated, “Having had the opportunity to work with Mark previously, I am appreciative of the thoughtful and deliberative manner with which he approaches complex issues.  His integrated experience with nonprofit, business and government leadership supports our efforts to work across sectors.”

Joining Kaplan on the Foundation Board of Directors as new members are: Craig Denekas, President of the Libra Foundation, Gloria Portela, Senior Counsel of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise.  Tim Gage, Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations of Comcast Corporation, will serve as the new chairman of the Board.

With over 33 million adults in America unable to read, write or help their children succeed in school, the Barbara Bush Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for parents and children to learn together. Over the years, the foundation has funded over 1,200 family literacy programs in all 50 states.

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