LGBT leader named to new White House council
- Created on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 20:22
- Written by Joe L. Sosa, Jr
President Barack Obama this morning met with members of his new White House Council for Community Solutions, including Michael Fleming, the executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation.
“It was a tremendous honor to join the president in the Oval Office this morning and to hear his continued passion for and commitment to public service. I’m proud to serve with this diverse and talented group of leaders and change-makers to advise the president as he looks for new solutions to America’s toughest challenges,” Fleming told Gay Politics.
Among the other 25 Council members are: the musician Jon Bon Jovi; Patty Stonesifer, who chairs the Board of Regents for the Smithsonian Institution; Scott Cowen, the president of Tulane University; and John Donahoe, the president and CEO of eBay, Inc.
Fleming was on hand today when the president signed an executive order creating the panel, which is charged with advising the White House in enlisting support for creative solutions to key challenges in numerous ways including:
• Enlisting leaders in the non-profit, philanthropic and private sectors to make progress on key national policy goals.
• Providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration to realize solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges.
• Honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities.
“The president has made an outstanding choice in naming Michael Fleming to serve on the White House Council for Community Solutions. Few people are as adept at tapping diverse networks to bring together the minds, energy and resources necessary to solve tough problems. That skill will be crucial as the president looks for fresh solutions to America’s challenges, so I congratulate both President Obama and Michael on this exciting appointment,” said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.
Fleming has been the executive director of the Los Angeles-based David Bohnett Foundation since 2000, and also serves as Mr. Bohnett’s political director. He works hand in hand with Mr. Bohnett to promote the Foundation’s goal of improving society through social justice and civic activism. The Foundation funds forward-thinking programs, organizations and institutions in areas including public policy, education, the LGBT community, the arts, gun violence and animal language research.