Friends Welcomes New Board Members


Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria Welcomes New Board Members Barbara Bush, Carolyn Everson, Eric Kessler and George Lee

Former First Daughter and Senior Executives from Facebook, Arabella Advisors and Goldman Sachs Join Leading Global Health Advocacy Organization

January 31, 2012 — Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that Barbara Bush, Co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps; Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook; Eric Kessler, Founder and Managing Director of Arabella Advisors; and George Lee, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs will join their Board of Directors. These four individuals will bring a strong, diverse set of skills to the Board and will help provide the vision, direction and support that will move Friends forward in its continuing and successful mission to ensure strong U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Barbara, Carolyn, Eric and George to Friends of the Global Fight’s Board,” said Jonathan Klein, Chair of the Board of Friends of the Global Fight and Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “At this critical moment in global health, major milestones are finally within our reach. Each new member of Friends’ Board brings a unique perspective, knowledge and passion for the issues, which will help Friends in our work to ensure these health goals can be achieved.”

Barbara Bush is Co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, a public-health-focused nonprofit that mobilizes a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. Over the past two years, Global Health Corps has placed 126 fellows from nine countries to work with nonprofit and government health organizations in East Africa and the U.S. Ms. Bush was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship and a Draper Richards Fellowship in 2009 to support the organization’s development. Ms. Bush has also worked with global health organizations in Africa, including South Africa and Botswana.

Carolyn Everson is the Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook, where she focuses on top strategic accounts and global agencies. In total, she has 19 years of experience in building brands across all forms of media. Prior to Facebook, Ms. Everson was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. She also spent seven years at MTV Networks, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of U.S. Ad Sales. Passionate about bringing sustainable solutions to emerging countries, Ms. Everson and her family are active with Free the Children, which empowers youth in developing countries to become socially engaged. Through the organization, they spent time last August in Kenya, where they worked closely with the Massai Mara village.

With years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector, Eric Kessler has built a social venture firm dedicated to making philanthropy more effective in his role as Founder and Managing Director of Arabella Advisors. In addition to founding Arabella, Mr. Kessler also is Co­founder of the Creation Care Fund and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Earlier in his career, he served as a White House appointee, helping to manage conservation issues during the Clinton Administration. He also spent seven years in the former Soviet Union, Southeast Asia and throughout the Middle East with the nonpartisan National Democratic Institute, training civic and political organizations on effective organizing strategies and advising donors who invested in their efforts.

George Lee is co-head of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for covering a number of large capitalization technology clients. Mr. Lee joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2004. Additionally, Mr. Lee sits on the Board of Advisors for the Monterey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College.

“With the passion, vision and unique voices of these new additions to our team, Friends is sure to accomplish even more in the years ahead,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President and Board member of Friends of the Global Fight. “Barbara, Carolyn, Eric and George will be invaluable to us as we help the Global Fund continue to fight these deadly diseases; save and improve millions of lives; and ensure a safer, more secure world for all of us.”

The four newest Board members join Friends at a pivotal moment in the Global Fund’s history, as the organization marked its 10th anniversary on January 28. “Friends’ work has been instrumental to the Global Fund’s successes over the past decade,” said Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund. “As a trusted and indispensible partner, Friends has ensured that the U.S. government continues to lead the world in its support of the Global Fund’s lifesaving work.”

It’s a role that Friends will continue to strengthen in this anniversary year. “While 2012 is a year to celebrate the Global Fund’s successes – and scientific advances have brought us to the brink of turning the tide on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – we must also redouble our efforts in this tough economic environment,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “Friends looks forward to working with its entire Board as we continue our work on behalf of people in need around the world.”

Current Board members are Mr. Klein, Board Chair and Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images; Ms. Bilimoria, President of Friends; Peter Chernin, head of Chernin Entertainment and former COO of News Corporation; Susan Smith Ellis, former CEO of (PRODUCT)RED; and Michael Madnick, Senior Vice President, CCS Fundraising. Edward W. Scott Jr. serves as Chairman Emeritus.


Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision-makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit


Anne Marson

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