Monday, November 23, 2009

The Center Welcomes a New CEO

The National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees is proud to announce that it has appointed David Eisner, former Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to serve as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center. Eisner succeeds Linda E. Johnson, a member of the Center’s
Board of Trustees, who has served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer si
nce the Board began its national search in January 2009.

“The National Constitution Center is an extraordinary American institution,” said Eisner. “I look forward to working with the remarkable Board of Trustees, led by President Clinton, as well as the talented and energetic staff, to engage more citizens in our democracy and advance the Center as the heart of America’s most vibrant and meaningful discourse on the Constitution.”

“David’s diverse experience in the non-profit, corporate, and government sectors will be essential for the continued growth of the National Constitution Center as a leading cultural and educational institution,” said President William J. Clinton, Chairman of the National Constitution Center. “We are extremely fortunate to welcome someone of his caliber, who, throughout his career has demonstrated strong leadership, and a dedication to civic engagement and to the values at the very core of the Center’s mission.”

Eisner served as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Federal agency overseeing AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, and other national service programs, from December 2003, when he was appointed by President George W. Bush, through November 2008. He is widely recognized for his successful tenure, during which he strengthened the agency’s accountability, improved customer service, increased public trust, and positioned the Corporation for significant growth as an engine of positive social benefit.

For seven years prior, Eisner was a senior executive at AOL Time Warner and America Online, Inc., where he established and directed the AOL Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. At AOL, Eisner founded several of the first online initiatives to foster philanthropy and volunteering, including Network for Good and Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hilliard International Communications in Washington, D.C. He also previously managed public relations at the Legal Services Corporation. Eisner started his career on Capitol Hill, serving as press secretary for several Members of Congress.

A nationally recognized leader in organizational effectiveness, Eisner has served on the boards of several national non-profit organizations, including Independent Sector, the National 4-H Council, and Network for Good. He graduated from Stanford University and he received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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