The Bob Woodruff Foundation Welcomes New Board Members, Moves Headquarters to New York City

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Going into its Fifth Year, the Organization Sustains its Energy and Sense of Purpose with Four Notable Additions to its Board

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From its new Manhattan headquarters, the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its board of directors. In a year that has seen the foundation thrive, these incoming leaders signal a period of even greater activity to fulfill the organization’s mission of helping wounded warriors and their families overcome the challenges they face as they transition back to civilian life and heal from the physical and hidden wounds of war.

The four new members of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s board of directors are:

  •     Gerry Byrne. Vice chairman of Penske Media Corporation, which owns such leading digital media brands as Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Life and Movieline. Mr. Byrne, who is deeply committed to giving back, sits on the boards of numerous foundations and has worked with BWF on such projects as 2011’s American Thunder Music Festival benefit.
  •     Bob Jeffrey. Chairman and CEO of JWT Worldwide, one of the world’s best-known marketing communications brands. Mr. Jeffrey, an iconic ambassador of advertising who oversees 200 offices and nearly 10,000 employees in more than 90 countries, is rejoining BWF’s board of directors.
  •     Richard Wilde. Development and partnerships executive at ABC News in New York and colleague of Bob Woodruff. In 2007, Mr. Wilde led an internal ABC team that helped secure safe transit and an ST-1 Immigrant Visa for the Iraqi military translator credited with helping save Bob Woodruff’s life.
  •     Dr. William Winkenwerder. Chairman and founder of the Winkenwerder Company, a nationally respected healthcare consulting firm. Dr. Winkenwerder, who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the U.S. Department of Defense from 2001 to 2007, is transitioning from the BWF board of advisers to the board of directors.

“With our recent move to headquarters in New York and the wonderful addition of these four greatly respected men to our board of directors, we are feeling a tremendous sense of reinvigoration at the Bob Woodruff Foundation,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director, Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We look forward to the support and leadership of Gerry, Bob, Dick and Bill. Each brings an impressive skill set and an unwavering devotion to our cause, and we know that they will each contribute massively to the growth of the organization.”

The Foundation opened up its new office on Wall Street courtesy of donated office space from another longtime board member and co-chair, Colin Heffron, President and Director, GFI Group, Inc. The most recent event held to raise money and visibility for the organization was “Celebrate Spring in Connecticut,” the first fundraiser to be organized by the board of directors.

In addition to thought leadership and shaping the national conversation about returning veterans, this summer BWF will be investing nearly $1 million in charitable programs that support successful reintegration of returning injured service members and their families.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested nearly $11 million dollars in program spending to help wounded service members, veterans and family members.

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically. Through a public education movement called ReMIND.org, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war—especially the 1 in 5 service members who have sustained hidden injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat Stress, including Post Traumatic Stress, Depression and Anxiety—and empowers communities nationwide to take action. Across the country, the Bob Woodruff Foundation collaborates with other organizations and experts to identify and solve issues related to the return of service members from combat to civilian life and invests in programs that connect our troops to the help they need—from individual needs like physical accommodations, medical care and counseling, to larger social issues like homelessness and suicide. The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested nearly $11 million, impacting more than 1,000,000 service members, support personnel, veterans and their families nationwide.

For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation please visit http://www.ReMIND.org, or contact Ashley Bunce, 703.853.2128, info(at)remind(dot)org.

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