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Atlantic Welcomes Bruce Trachtenberg as Executive Producer and Editor

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The Atlantic Philanthropies |

Will support the limited-life foundation’s efforts to share its legacy and lessons learned

The Atlantic Philanthropies have announced the appointment of Bruce S. Trachtenberg as Executive Producer and Editor. An accomplished leader in philanthropic communications, Trachtenberg will help produce and disseminate Atlantic’s final phase print, video and web-based communications, particularly reports on Atlantic’s distinctive approaches to philanthropy and its experiences in the specific countries and regions in which it has invested, as the foundation prepares to conclude its grantmaking by the end of 2016. Atlantic, which will have distributed over $8 billion by that time, will be the largest limited-life philanthropy to have completed its work.

In his new role, Trachtenberg will work closely with Chief Communications Officer David Morse and Director of Digital Communications Elizabeth Cahill, along with staff across the organization, to help capture compelling stories and share lessons learned that will be useful to funders and grantees. “With Atlantic’s final days on the horizon, our communications efforts are now focused on collecting and presenting stories that can reflect our experience—the how and why of our philanthropy,” said Morse. “We now seek to help grantees, policymakers and other funders understand and learn from our history and methods to help change the trajectories for people, institutions and nations, and it’s our obligation to gather and relay the lessons and stories that have helped make that happen. Given his deep knowledge and experience in foundations and communications, Bruce’s skills will be invaluable in guiding this final phase.”

Trachtenberg has worked as a storyteller, communicator and executive for a range of media companies and nonprofits, including leading foundations, over his long career. Prior to joining Atlantic, Trachtenberg was Executive Director of the Communications Network, Director of Communications at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Wallace Foundation and senior producer for

“Atlantic’s history offers a trove of valuable information, insights and inspiration for anyone working in philanthropy as well as those who are interested in learning how strategic funding decisions can help bring about lasting change for the benefit of individuals as well as societies overall,” Trachtenberg said. “It is a great honor to be part of the group that has the privilege of sharing the Atlantic story widely over the coming years.” 

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