Amy Nauiokas Elected as Make-A-Wish International Board Chair

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Make-A-Wish® International, one of the world’s largest children’s charities named Amy Nauiokas, founder of Archer Gray Productions, as chair of the board of directors for the 2012-2014 term.

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Amy Nauiokas, Board Chair, Make-A-Wish International

I am delighted and honored to be named board chair of Make-A-Wish International, and am deeply committed to its magnificent mission of making wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Make-A-Wish® International, one of the world’s largest children’s charities, announced today the appointment of Amy Nauiokas, founder of Archer Gray Productions, as chair of the board of directors, effective immediately. She will provide leadership on strategic planning, advocacy and development initiatives on behalf of the organization during the 2012-2014 term. Ms. Nauiokas succeeds James Fielding, who served as chair of the international non-profit organization for two years.

Commenting on her election during the organization’s recent annual meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Nauiokas said, “I am delighted and honored to be named board chair of Make-A-Wish International, and am deeply committed to its magnificent mission of making wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Granting wishes helps not only the youth who receive them, but their families and caregivers, too. I look forward to working with our dedicated board, staff, supporters, volunteers and partners around the world in granting even more wishes to our brave children and their families.”

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Nauiokas served as the organization’s treasurer for two years and as a board director since 2007. She has also served as an advisory board member of Make-A-Wish Metro New York.

"We feel honored and privileged to have someone of Amy Nauiokas’ caliber leading the
Make-A-Wish International Board of Directors and are excited for her to help propel our global growth,” said Jon Stettner, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish International. “Amy has been a pleasure to work with in her roles as board director and treasurer, and her strong global experience and outlook will help advance our initiatives while she serves in her role as chair.”

David Williams, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish America said, “We are so pleased that Amy, a member of the Advisory Board for Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, will now be serving our organization on a global level. We are happy to see her continued support of the courageous children we serve.”

Ms. Nauiokas is the founder of Archer Gray Productions, an independent theatre, film and television production company based in New York. Her Broadway projects include the drama Dead Accounts, the multiple Tony Award winning musical Once, and the hit play Seminar. Her film productions include Greetings from Tim Buckley and the upcoming feature The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, among other initiatives.

A venture capitalist and entrepreneur since 2008, Ms. Nauiokas manages business ventures in the media, entertainment, financial, technology, real estate and equestrian industries. In addition to her entertainment work, Ms. Nauiokas co-founded tech venture capital firm Nauiokas Park LLC, which was acquired in 2010 by Anthemis Group SA, where she continues to serve as a Venture Partner. Ms. Nauiokas is owner of the Washington Equestrian Center in Litchfield County, CT and a winery in Argentina.

In support of her ongoing advocacy for children’s health and wellness, in 2010 Ms. Nauiokas co-founded the Bubble Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization partnering with New York City charter schools in underserved communities to provide at risk children with access to activities and food that help him or her to live a healthy life.

Previously, Ms. Nauiokas was Managing Director and CEO of Barclays Stockbrokers and a founding Management Committee member of Barclays Wealth since 2004.

Before joining Barclays, she was Senior Managing Director and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, as part of the management team that put Cantor’s brokerage business online. Ms. Nauiokas proved critical to the company’s rebuild after the September 11th attacks destroyed Cantor’s headquarters in the World Trade Center when, in addition to running Global Marketing, Business Development and Investor Relations, she directed Human Resources for the firm.

Ms. Nauiokas received her master’s in International Business from Columbia University, and graduated from Dickinson College in 1994 with a bachelor’s in International Studies, which included working for the Peace Corp in Cameroon, West Africa. She is a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.

To learn more about how you can share the power of a wish®, visit Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org or Make-A-Wish America at wish.org.

About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The impact of a wish experience spans a lifetime; strengthening children as they fight their illness, encouraging their families and inspiring their communities. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in nearly 50 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish International at worldwish.org or Make-A-Wish America at wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

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