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Fritz Schwarz to Head The Atlantic Philanthropies Board; Two New Board Members Named

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The Atlantic Philanthropies |

New York, July 3, 2008

The Board of Directors of The Atlantic Philanthropies has elected Frederick Fritz A. O. Schwarz, Jr., as chairman and appointed two new board members. The two new board members are Cecilia Munoz, Vice President of the National Council of LaRaza, based in Washington, D.C., and Dr. William Billy Hall, Chair of Medical Microbiology at University College Dublin (UCD).

Atlantic President and CEO Gara LaMarche announced the appointments after they were approved at the organization’s board meeting last week in Bermuda.

“Fritz Schwarz is a highly respected leader in the legal field and has brought that stature to bear in a number of high profile and critical public service assignments”, LaMarche said. “He has lived his values, and that makes him the perfect choice to steer the board as Atlantic enters its final decade.”

“We’re pleased to welcome Cecilia and Billy to our board and look forward to being informed and challenged by each of them”, Schwarz said. “Both have powerful intellects and wide-ranging interests. Cecilia will especially help our board to think strategically about advocacy campaigns, and Billy’s background will be invaluable in guiding our health and medical work.”

Schwarz succeeds Frank Rhodes, President Emeritus of Cornell University, a board member since 1995 who had served as Atlantic’s Chairman since October 2000 and who has stepped down from the board.

Board Members Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a Professor of Education at Harvard University, and Thomas N. Mitchell, Director of the Trinity Foundation in Dublin and former Provost of Trinity College Dublin, will serve as Deputy Chairs.

Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.

Mr. Schwarz is Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. Previously he had a long career in litigation with Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he had been a partner since 1969. Mr. Schwarz left the firm twice, once to serve as chief counsel to the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activity (the Church Committee) (1975-1976), and again to serve as Corporation Counsel under New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch (1982-1986). In addition to his duties at the Brennan Center, he chairs the New York City Campaign Finance Board, and has chaired for many years the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Board of the Vera Institute of Justice. Mr. Schwarz received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1957 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1960. In 2007, he co-authored Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror (The New Press, 2007).

Cecilia Muñoz

Ms. Muñoz serves as vice president for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a nonprofit organization established to improve opportunities for Hispanics. She oversees all legislative activities that cover issues of importance to Hispanic Americans. Muñoz began her work at NCLR in 1988 as the senior immigration policy analyst. Formed in 1968, the National Council of La Raza is the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, serving all Hispanic nationality groups in all regions of the country. Muñoz is a Detroit native who completed her undergraduate degrees in English and Latin studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and obtained a masters degree at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. William Billy Hall

Dr. Hall is a Belfast native who is an expert in infectious diseases and virology, and in the role of viruses in the development of leukaemia and lymphoma. Prior to his tenure at UCD he was Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Medical Virology, Senior Physician and Direct of the Clinical Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Hall also serves as a consultant to the Minister of Heath and Children in the Republic of Ireland, providing input on a number of topics including influenza pandemic preparedness and bioterrorism, and is a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team. Dr. Hall was the project coordinator for Ireland for the Vietnam Blood Borne Virus Initiative, a project supported by Irish Aid and The Atlantic Philanthropies. He is Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of Irish Aid, which advises the Minister of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Irish Government on overseas development aid. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Belfast and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York.

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.