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Dall W. Forsythe Appointed Vice President for Finance and Operations at The Atlantic Philanthropies

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July 6, 2010 – Dall W. Forsythe has been appointed Vice President for Finance and Operations at The Atlantic Philanthropies effective July 6, 2010, President and CEO Gara LaMarche announced today. In this role, Forsythe will oversee the Finance and Information Technology departments and will provide a vision for closely aligning the foundations’ budgets and finances with its programmatic needs.

Forsythe joins Atlantic from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he had been a Professor of Practice, Public Administration and Financial Management since 2006. He has previously taught at Columbia, Harvard, the University of Albany and Baruch College.

Forsythe brings to Atlantic a long and accomplished record of public and community service, with an emphasis on leadership roles in budget and administration, as well as managing high-performing professionals in large institutions with a civic or social justice mission. He began his career as a staff assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was chief policy analyst for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy, Budget Director for the New York City Public Schools under Chancellor Frank Macchiarola and Budget Director for the State of New York under Governor Mario Cuomo. He worked in the Public Finance Department at Lehman Brothers and served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

Forsythe is the author of four books and numerous articles on budget and finance. He is an affiliated scholar at the Vera Institute of Justice, a member of the New York City Audit Committee, Chair of the Fund for the City of New York, and chair of the Investment Committee overseeing the endowment of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

“There are few people as qualified to organize financial information clearly and comprehensibly for decision making by an institution’s key program and board leadership, or with as much of a commitment to social justice in action,” said Gara LaMarche.

“It is an honor to join The Atlantic Philanthropies and to work with its senior management, Board and staff to make lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people,” said Forsythe. “I am particularly attracted to its commitment to social justice, a value I have espoused throughout my career, and I look forward to working with the entire Atlantic community to strengthen our operational practices to achieve the foundation’s mission.”


About The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic makes grants through its four programme areas – Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, and Reconciliation & Human Rights – and through Founding Chairman grants. Programmes funded by Atlantic operate in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam. To learn more, please visit: