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Tom Perriello to Become Executive Director of U.S. Programs at Open Society Foundations

"Perriello will advance the Foundations’ work at a time when the pillars of open society—including the rule of law, pluralism, civil rights, and civic participation—are being shaken by forces old and new."

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Congratulations to former Rep. Tom Perriello on his new job with the Open Society Foundations!  This seems like a perfect fit for Tom’s talents, and I really am looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish. Go Tom!

“Tom Perriello will become the new executive director of the Foundations’ U.S. Programs, effective November 12, 2018…As director, Perriello will oversee the Foundations’ grant making and advocacy in the United States, which focuses on promoting full participation in American civic, political, and economic life and ensuring that the core institutions of civil society are effective and accountable to the public…Together, Muñoz and Perriello will advance the Foundations’ work at a time when the pillars of open society—including the rule of law, pluralism, civil rights, and civic participation—are being shaken by forces old and new.”

Also, see below for Tom’s statement:

“As we face this extraordinary moment, I have been offered an extraordinary opportunity to lead a team and program that are central to ensuring history sees this as an era of breakthroughs, not breakdowns, in our progress towards democracy, dignity and justice for all. After the midterms, I will serve as Executive Director of US Programs for the Open Society Foundations, the world’s third largest philanthropic institution that is in a league of its own in advancing human rights, democracy, and protection of vulnerable communities across the US and the globe.

Over my nearly 25 years in progressive advocacy, OSF has been the gold standard for innovation, identifying and investing in future leaders, and ideas that expand our sense of what progress is possible. During these tumultuous times at home and abroad, the foundation remains one of the most important supporters not only of resistance to repression and racial inequality but also of progress on a bold scale towards our highest aspirations of liberty and justice for all.

I am humbled to be taking on this new role, and excited to do so in partnership with Cecilia Munoz, the former director of the Domestic Policy Council for President Obama who will be serving as the chair of the US Programs’ Board. I will continue supporting these vital midterm elections in the coming weeks before shifting my energies to this exciting next chapter.”