Betsy Nelson named Chair of the Board of the Fund for Educational Excellence

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Fund for Educational Excellence, I am pleased to announce that Betsy Nelson has been named Chair of our Board of Directors. Ms. Nelson takes over the Chair from Jim Mathias who has provided us with both strong leadership and direction for seven years.

Ms. Nelson served as President of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers from 1990 through 2012, leading ABAG to a leadership role in the region and within the Regional Association of Grantmakers movement nationwide. An active and devoted member of the Baltimore community, she has served on many Boards and committees across the city lending her expertise in institutional development, as well as professional and volunteer capacities. All of us at the Fund are thrilled and honored that Ms. Nelson has agreed to share her expertise and leadership with us as the new Chair of our Board.

I also want to express the Fund’s deep gratitude to Mr. Mathias for his many years of service and guidance to the Fund. Mr. Mathias is a Partner at DLA Piper where he serves as Co-Chair, Corporate and Securities Litigation and Chair, Baltimore Litigation. He has been an invaluable advisor throughout my tenure at the Fund, and an active proponent for the development of the Fund’s new Analysis and Engagement effort. Our latest report, Building a Bright Future: Understanding College Readiness in Baltimore City Public Schools, was released earlier this week. I am so glad that he will be continuing to serve on both our Board and Executive Committee.