Marguerite W. Kondracke

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Marguerite (Sallee) Kondracke "has served as President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance. America's Promise was founded in 1997 by General Colin L. Powell to make children and youth a national priority, mobilizing all Americans to fulfill five promises for our nation's young people: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others.

"During her 40-year career, Mrs. Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant, focusing on the needs of children and parents. Prior to joining America's Promise, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander as well as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families. She also served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Alexander as Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Previously, Mrs. Kondracke was co-founder, CEO, and currently serves on the board of Bright Horizons Family Solutions (Nasdaq: BFAM), the nation's largest provider of employer-sponsored child care and one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For."

"Mrs. Kondracke has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a Purpose Prize Fellow, awarded by Civic Ventures to those over 60 taking on society's biggest challenges. An undergraduate alumna of Duke University, she also holds a masters degree in psychology from Austin Peay State University. Mrs. Kondracke has two sons, both married, and two step-daughters. She is married to award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke; they enjoy golf, travel and hiking." [1]

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  1. Directors, Malaria no More, accessed November 28, 2007.
  2. Trustees, Duke University, accessed September 16, 2009.