October 29, 2009
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Mott Foundation Appoints New Communications Vice President
FLINT, Michigan – Carol D. Rugg, a longtime employee, has been named Vice President-Communications at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
She succeeds Marilyn Stein LeFeber, who will retire in early January 2010 after two stints totaling 15 years with the Foundation.
Rugg spent the past nine years as a loaned Mott employee and director of communications for the Economic Opportunities Program
(FIELD) at the Aspen Institute
, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. During this assignment, she helped build internal communications capacity and guided EOP through the development of print- and Web-based communications and dissemination strategies.
“We are pleased that Carol has returned to lead the Foundation’s communications activities during this period of intense change and exciting new developments in media and technology,” Mott President William S. White said. “She brings decades of experience and a sound track record of leadership to her new position.”
Rugg joined Mott in 1985 as a writer in the Communications Department, and later became a senior communications officer and then served six months as the interim co-director of the department in 1999.
Prior to joining Mott, Rugg was the assistant lifestyle editor and a reporter for The Flint Journal
. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism from the University of Michigan. In addition, she also worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint and adviser to its student newspaper.
LeFeber joined Mott for the second time in 1999. From 1978 to 1982, she served as director of communications and assistant vice president for communications. In her career, she also has worked for two other foundations, a think tank, a university, the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission and two newspapers, and also had her own consulting business.
The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with 2012 year-end assets of $2.28 billion, made 439 grants totaling $91 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.
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