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ATLANTA, GA…Ann Cramer, director for IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs for the Americas, has been appointed chair of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors for 2011. The board is comprised of 212 members, who serve as a leadership advisory group that promotes understanding among opinion leaders and the broader community of The Carter Center and its activities.
"Ann has demonstrated a real commitment to our mission since she joined the Board of Councilors in 1993," Carter Center President and CEO John Hardman said. "We look forward to working even more closely with her in this new leadership role."
As Board of Councilors chair for 2011, she will follow Kenneth G. Byers, Jr., president of Byers Engineering Company, and past chair Claire Lewis Arnold, CEO of Leapfrog Services Inc.
Ms. Cramer graduated from Salem College with a degree in mathematics. She currently serves as chair of the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, is on the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Competitive Workforce, and has served on the Center for Corporate Citizenship Advisory Council at Boston College and the United Way of America's National Corporate Leaders Council. She is active in many civic organizations at the national and local level and has been recognized for her work most recently with the first "Essence of Atlanta" Award.
The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.