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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Announces Leadership Transition

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy announced today the departure of president and CEO Liza McFadden, effective March 30. Foundation board of directors member Chris Frangione has been appointed to serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a national executive search.

“We’re grateful to Liza for the leadership and dedication that she has brought to the Foundation over the past six years,” said board Chairman Mark Kaplan. “She has led the Foundation through significant transformation, including the transition from a private, donor-advised fund to a public charity and the launch of the groundbreaking Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. She leaves the organization ready for its next chapter, poised to build on those achievements as we remain committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy.”

McFadden joined the Foundation in 2012 after serving in a number of nonprofit leadership roles, including president of the Volunteer USA Foundation and the Volunteer Florida Foundation. She also served in the administration of Governor Jeb Bush, where she led strategic education and family-focused initiatives. Through her consulting firm, Liza & Partners, McFadden will work with businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations with an emphasis on investments in education.

“As the Foundation prepares to celebrate its 29th anniversary, the board and staff are set to embark on a new strategic plan with an end goal of providing unprecedented levels of educational access to the 36 million low-literate adults in our country,” said McFadden. “I depart fully confident in their abilities to carry Mrs. Bush’s vision forward and in the firm foundation we’ve created together. It has been a privilege and honor to serve in this role.”

Chris Frangione, who previously served as vice president of prize development and execution for XPRIZE, joined the Foundation’s board of directors in July 2017. 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.

About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a public charity, is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, and today remains committed to her vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. To learn more, visit or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

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