Janice Nittoli Named New President of The Century Foundation

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Janice Nittoli, associate vice president and managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, has been named president of The Century Foundation.

Janice Nittoli, associate vice president and managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, has been named president of The Century Foundation. The announcement about her selection, which was the result of a national search, was made today by Alan Brinkley, the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, who serves as chairman of The Century Foundation Board of Trustees.

Nittoli will succeed Richard C. Leone, who has been president of The Century Foundation for twenty-two years. In September 2010, Leone announced his retirement from the leadership of Century and agreed to continue to head of the foundation until the search process was completed. Leone will remain affiliated with Century as a senior fellow.

“The Century Foundation has been extraordinarily fortunate to have had the leadership of Dick Leone for the last twenty-two years, and we are equally fortunate to have a successor who promises to be another truly great president of the institution.” said Brinkley. “She is energetic, articulate, and above all committed to the progressive vision as it faces some of its most difficult challenges. All of us welcome Janice to The Century Foundation and look forward to working with her as we move forward.”

“Janice Nittoli has impressive credentials and a strong commitment to progressive values,” Leone added. “In these turbulent times, with growing inequality and a fraying safety net, she has the right stuff to keep Century in the forefront of the fight for fairness.”

Nittoli has been with the Rockefeller Foundation since 2006, where she has provided leadership and strategic direction for the foundation’s Campaign for American Workers. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, she was a senior executive at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated to improving the lives of poor children, their families, and communities. Prior to her foundation work, she served as president of the National Center for Health Education, a national nonprofit that designs and disseminates school-and-community based health education programs. She also has served in several capacities in New York City government. She was assistant commissioner in the Department of Health, where she managed the health system for the city’s correctional facilities. In addition, she was a senior official in the city’s Human Resources Administration and at the Board of Education. Before these appointments, she worked on social policy issues for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy.

“I’m deeply honored and quite delighted to have been entrusted with the leadership of The Century Foundation,” Nittoli said. “I look forward to building on Dick Leone’s record of achievement and to working with Century’s talented staff to advance the mission with which Edward Filene charged us almost a century ago.”

Nittoli will take over the helm of the ninety-two-year-old progressive policy organization on August 29, 2011. She will lead an institution that has produced groundbreaking research on economic inequality and cutting edge work in education policy at both the K–12 and higher education level; played a significant role in the fight against Social Security privatization; created the task force that led directly to the Help America Vote Act; created a commission on homeland security that was a part of the process of shaping the new federal department of that name, and whose co-chair, former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, was subsequently tapped to head the 9/11 Commission; made important contributions to the national debates over the federal budget, deficit reduction, and healthcare reform, and been a distinctive voice in foreign policy debates. Century recently released the report of its international task force on Afghanistan, co-chaired by Lakhdar Brahimi, who twice represented the United Nations in Afghanistan, and Thomas R. Pickering, who has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, and India. That report shifted the terms of debate over next steps for responding to the stalemate that has evolved in Afghanistan. The organization currently is involved in a partnership with the Economic Policy Institute and Demos, which produced a highly detailed and widely praised budgetary blueprint that established a progressive pole in the debate.

Nittoli received a bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She has published book chapters and articles on a variety of issues in human services and public policy and has taught graduate-level classes in research methods and public policy. She is active on several nonprofit boards dedicated to youth and community services.

For media inquiries contact Christy Hicks at (212) 452-7723 or hicks(at)tcf(dot)org. To learn more about The Century Foundation, visit our web site at http://www.tcf.org.

The Century Foundation conducts public policy research and analyses of economic, social, and foreign policy issues, including inequality, retirement security, health care reform, election reform, education, and international affairs. Century produces books, reports, and other publications, and convenes task forces and working groups in order to inform national policy discussions, to promote fresh ideas and best practices, and to correct myths and misunderstandings about policy reforms. With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., The Century Foundation is nonprofit and nonpartisan. It was founded in 1919 by Edward A. Filene.

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