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Foundation for the National Archives Announces Election of Four Members to Board of Directors

June 11, 2014

The Foundation for the National Archives, the Archives’ nonprofit partner, is pleased to announce the election of four new members to its Board of Directors: James W. Cicconi, Jon Meacham, Steven W. Caple, and Linda Watters.

“I’m excited to welcome our new board members,” said A’Lelia Bundles, Chair and President of the Board. “All leaders in their respective fields, they bring talent, experience, and great passion for history and civics education. I know they will help us as we continue promoting and supporting the National Archives and its important exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives.”

Jim Cicconi (1)Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president-external and legislative affairs at AT&T, is responsible for his company’s public policy organization, and is chair of the AT&T Foundation. Previously, Mr. Cicconi served as general counsel and executive vice president for law and government affairs at AT&T Corp. He also served in the White House under two presidents, including two years as deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, and four years as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and to White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker, III.

Jon MeachamJon Meacham, in addition to serving as executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications. He is an accomplished author, most recently of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, and received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston and American Gospel.

Steven_W._Caple (1)Steven W. Caple is President of Unity Hunt, Inc. Unity Hunt is the vehicle through which the Lamar Hunt family manages its holdings. Mr. Caple focuses on developing and implementing the company’s strategic initiatives and oversees its accounting, finance, investment, legal, operating, and tax functions. Previously, he served as President of VFT Capital, a private investment firm, and as President of Novo Networks, a public telecommunications company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Caple held legal and management positions with GTE Corp., Chancellor Media, and Marcus Cable.

Linda WattersLinda Watters is Vice President of Government Relations for John Hancock Financial and a longtime supporter of the National Archives. Formerly, Ms. Watters was a Managing Director for Financial Risk Management with KPMG in Chicago. From 2003 to 2007, she served as the commissioner in the Office of Financial and Insurance Services for the State of Michigan; she was appointed to the post by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and unanimously confirmed by the Michigan State Senate. She was the founder, president, and CEO of Detroit Commerce Bank from 1998 to 2003.