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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces 2017-18 Board of Directors

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Tallahassee, Fla. – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is pleased to announce its 2017-18 Board of Directors. The Foundation’s board—a team of business and education leaders providing strategic guidance and oversight of the public charity’s assets—recently elected new officers and one new member.

Mark Kaplan, an executive with the Mosaic Company, will serve as chair. Kaplan joined the Foundation’s board in 2014, bringing extensive legal and policy background with expertise in finance and education. Kaplan previously served as chief of staff for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and a member of Florida’s State Board of Education.

Governor John Engler, former president of Business Roundtable and former three-term governor of Michigan, will serve as vice chair. Engler joined the board in 2016, bringing expertise in the alignment of educational policy with workforce needs, honed during his decades of experience in both public and private service. During his three terms as governor of Michigan from 1991 to 2003, Engler made improving education his administration’s top priority, with a focus on high standards, equity and accountability. Engler also served for 20 years in the Michigan Legislature.

Chris Frangione, who currently serves as vice president of prize development and execution for XPRIZE, will join the board as a new member. Frangione has nearly 20 years of experience in innovative strategic planning, market development and leadership, with a focus on entrepreneurial opportunities. Prior to joining XPRIZE, he oversaw the market assessment practice at a boutique management consulting firm, where he consulted to CEOs on all issues related to internal and external strategy.

“We’re fortunate to have a board composed of talented, dedicated leaders who share not only our passion for changing lives through literacy, but also our commitment to being good stewards of the contributions made by our generous donors. Thanks in large part to their guidance, we’re among the exclusive one percent of education nonprofits ranked ‘Platinum’ by GuideStar for our transparency and focus on results,” said Liza McFadden, president and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. “With an incoming chair and vice chair who bring decades of policy experience, as well as a new member with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship, this year’s board is set to help us continue to maximize our efforts.”

The 2017-2018 Barbara Bush Foundation board of directors are: Mark Kaplan, The Mosaic Company (Chair); Gov. John Engler, Engler, LLC (Vice-Chair); Jean Becker, Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush (Secretary); David Beré, Nonni’s Foods, LLC (Treasurer); Jeb Bush, Jr., Jeb Bush & Associates; Peggy Conlon, Retired President and CEO, Ad Council; Craig Denekas, Libra Foundation; Chris Frangione, XPRIZE; Timothy Gage, Comcast; Doro Bush Koch, Barbara Bush Foundation Honorary Chair; Tricia Reilly Koch, BB&R Consulting; Liza McFadden, Barbara Bush Foundation; and Gov. Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education.

About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, inspired by her vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. Today, the Foundation is a public charity that remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, working to expand literacy access for the bookends of our education system: early literacy for young children and opportunities for low-literate parents to improve their skills. To learn more, visit or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

For more information: Contact Lauren Sproull, Director of Communications, at 850.562.5300 or

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301