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Steve Coll Named Next President of New America Foundation

Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner & Former Managing Editor of The Washington Post To Lead Cutting-Edge Think Tank
Published:   July 23, 2007

The Board of Directors of the New America Foundation announced today the appointment of Steve Coll as the Foundation’s next President & CEO. Coll will succeed New America’s founding President & CEO, Ted Halstead, who will remain on New America’s Board.

“Ted Halstead has been a wonderful leader through an astonishingly successful first chapter in New America’s history,” said James Fallows, Chairman of New America’s Board of Directors. “What New America represents in 2007 exceeds in all ways the expectations with which the organization began nearly ten years ago.”

“Steve Coll has the right combination of intellectual energy and achievement, managerial experience, and personal stature and integrity to make New America even better in its second chapter,” said Fallows. “As a manager of creative talent, he is deeply experienced. And as a public intellectual and creative talent himself, he sets an admirable model for our organization.”

“It has been a great honor to work alongside such an exceptionally talented and diverse Board of Directors, Senior Staff and team of Fellows in building New America as a home to the ideologically homeless,” said Ted Halstead. “I could not imagine a more worthy successor than Steve Coll, whose intellectual depth, strategic vision and managerial savvy make him uniquely qualified to lead New America to ever greater heights in the years ahead.”

“New America has an exceptional record of innovation and influence in its relatively young life, and I’m thrilled by the opportunity to join such a talented group and help shape its next chapter,” said Steve Coll. “The Foundation’s emphasis on young, unorthodox, and independent thinkers, and its connections to the pioneering state of California, are among the many great strengths that we inherit from Ted Halstead and his colleagues – strengths that we should preserve and advance.”

“This is a critical period in the country’s life, one that demands a commitment to unconventional thinking and change – a time that only emphasizes how vital New America’s mission remains,” said Coll.

Steve Coll served as Managing Editor of The Washington Post from 1998 to 2004. He is currently a Staff Writer at The New Yorker, where his work will continue to appear. An author of numerous books, he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for general non-fiction for Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. Coll also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for explanatory journalism for his coverage of the Security and Exchange Commission.

The Foundation has made a significant impact on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues – and experienced tremendous growth – since its inception in 1998. With close to 100 staff and Fellows and an annual budget over $10 million, New America has 12 domestic and foreign Policy Programs, in addition to a Fellows Program and a California Program. Over the past nine years, New America scholars have published 33 books, convened over 650 public events, and published over 2,800 opinion pieces in leading newspapers and magazines.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, post-partisan public policy institute whose purpose is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation’s public discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy solutions that transcend the conventional political spectrum. Headquartered in our nation’s capital, New America also has offices in California and New York.

Steve Coll will take over from Ted Halstead as President of the New America Foundation in mid-September, 2007.