FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Dr. Jill Biden has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees for Save the Children of Fairfield, a global humanitarian organization.
Dr. Biden, a lifelong educator and the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox, who has served as Chair since 2010.
“As an educator and ardent advocate for children, Dr. Jill Biden has a keen understanding of the work we do every day to ensure all children have the opportunity for a bright future,” said Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles. “We are delighted Dr. Biden will bring her boundless energy and expertise to help us reach every last child.”
For the past eight years, Dr. Biden taught English at Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Biden has been a role model and prominent voice in advancing the status of women and girls globally, especially as it relates to education. During her White House tenure, she traveled to nearly 40 countries, visiting almost every region of the world. Dr. Biden and Carolyn Miles recently visited Save the Children programming at Linden Elementary School in Linden, Tenn.
“I am very honored to join Save the Children, an organization whose mission so closely aligns with my life’s work – ensuring children have a strong start in life, an opportunity to learn and protection from harm,” Biden said. “I know the importance of instilling a love of learning at an early age, and that’s one reason I became an educator. I’ve seen firsthand the inspiring ways Save the Children staff, here in the U.S. and around the world, are going above and beyond to help transform children’s futures. It is a privilege to be a part of the team.”
In her seven years as Save the Children's Board Chair, Mulcahy helped guide the organization through a significant period of growth, forging new public and private partnerships and championing Save the Children's first woman CEO in the U.S.