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Steve Coll to Step Down as New America Foundation President

Search for a New President Underway
Published:   June 25, 2012

Steve Coll has announced his intention to step down as President of the New America Foundation later this year when a successor is selected. Coll has led the organization for the past five years.

When a new President is in place, Coll will transition into a Senior Fellow position with New America's National Security Studies Program as he pursues a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.

"New America is a creative, growing and inspiring place, and the institution is in great shape, with talented staff and leaders, a fantastic board, and very strong operating foundations," Coll said. "I've learned an immeasurable amount from my colleagues in these five years. The degree of international travel required for my next book project will make it impossible for me to continue to serve as President, but I am thrilled by the opportunity to remain as a researcher and writer."

A Board-led search for a new President is underway and is being chaired by David Bradley, Chairman and Owner of Atlantic Media Company. New America will also be guided through the transition by strong senior staff leadership, including: Rachel White, Executive Vice President and Director of External Relations; Andrés Martinez, Vice President, Editorial Director, and Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program; Sascha Meinrath, Vice President and Director, Open Technology Institute; Sherle Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program; Peter Bergen, Director, National Security Studies Program; Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and Director, Fiscal Policy Program; Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program; and Reid Cramer, Director, Asset Building Program.

Commenting on the transition, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google and New America Board Chair, said: "Steve Coll has firmly established the New America Foundation as a leading policy institute advancing compelling new ideas and phenomenal research. Over his five years of leadership, Steve recruited exceptional policy and journalistic talent, academic and media partners, and new funders. He will be hard to replace, but we look forward to having him remain as a permanent Senior Fellow in the National Security Studies Program here at New America."

Before joining New America, Coll served as Managing Editor of The Washington Post from 1998 to 2004. He is currently a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of numerous books, including his most recent, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

For more information please contact Clara Hogan at (202)-596-3368 or hogan@newamerica.net.

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