The Center for Victims of Torture Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Each new board member will serve a three-year term beginning January 2013.

  • Michael MacLeod has served on several boards, including Oxfam America (chair); Food & Friends, Tahirih Justice Center and The Advocacy Institute. Most recently, he was president of Public Interest Data, one of the nation’s leading database solution providers exclusively serving nonprofit organizations. He also served as National Campaign Manager and Treasurer for Congressman John B. Anderson’s presidential campaign in 1979-1980, as well as Executive Director of the House Republican Conference.
  • Eric Schwartz became Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in October 2011 after 25 years in senior public service positions in government, at the United Nations and in the philanthropic and nongovernmental communities. Previously, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.
  • Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of Minnesota Council of Health Plans. She has been a county administrator, worked for Minnesota Senate Counsel and Research, managed human services programs at both the state and county level, was the Deputy Commissioner of health under Governor Jesse Ventura, and, for the past ten years, has lead the Minnesota Council of Health Plans.

“We are so pleased Michael, Eric and Julie have joined CVT’s board,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “Their experience and devotion to nonprofit service, human rights and the health and well-being of others will help guide us as we fulfill our commitment to healing and rebuilding the lives of torture survivors around the world. We also want to express our sincere gratitude to our former board members John Cairns and Roger Hale for their outstanding service and dedication to carrying out CVT’s mission.”

Brad Robideau
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