Gary Edson, Chief Executive Officer, leads the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's mission of hope for the Haitian people as he deploys funds to realize the vision Presidents Clinton and Bush share: a vibrant, decentralized, inclusive and competitive Haitian economy in which everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.
Prior to his leadership at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Gary served as Deputy National Security Advisor, Deputy National Economic Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs in the administration of President George W. Bush. He co-led the development of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), of which Haiti is a focus country, and also led the effort that established the Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty.
He is a former member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and is Senior Advisor to Civic Enterprises, LLC. In addition to his government and nonprofit organization experience, Gary headed ECG, Inc., a private equity firm, which acquired PAR Systems, Inc, a manufacturer of robotics systems, of which he was Chairman of the Board. Gary also was a Managing Director of Stonebridge International (now the Albright Stonebridge Group) an international advisory firm. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago.
Ambassador (retired) Timothy M. Carney, Executive Vice President, supports the design and coordination of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s overall strategy, policy, and programs. A retired career Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Carney specialized in conflict and stabilization across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Haiti, and parts of the Middle East. His career included service as Ambassador to Haiti and before that, Ambassador to Sudan. Earlier, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State for South Asia, and a Director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council staff. Since his retirement from the U.S. State Department, Ambassador Carney was in Afghanistan to support the 2009 elections. He was the Department of State Coordinator for Economic Transition in Baghdad in 2007, and was on the first civilian mission in Iraq in 2003 as Occupation Authority in the Ministry of Industry & Minerals. He served as U.S. Charge d’Affaires to Haiti (2005-2006) and then, briefly, as the Interim Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization in the Office of the Secretary of State. He has also worked in United Nations missions in Cambodia, Somalia, and South Africa.
Ambassador Carney’s undergraduate degree is from MIT. He speaks French, Cambodian, and Thai. He is a Member of the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Meg Galloway Pearce, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, is charged with keeping a spotlight on Haiti's desperate need for long-term reconstruction, especially job creation and the promotion of economic opportunity. As the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund invests in rebuilding lives and livelihoods, Meg will communicate these stories of the new Haiti: Haitians, producing and exporting to thrive, rather than importing to survive.
Prior to her work at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Meg was the force behind Earth Hour, World Wildlife Fund's advocacy effort to combat climate change and was a managing partner at Cove Creative, a marketing and management firm. She began her career in the private sector, leading marketing efforts for MCI Communications and, later, Verizon Communications. Meg received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and French from Colby College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. She speaks French and Spanish.
Anita Bhatt, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, leads all financial operations for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund as she ensures good stewardship and complete transparency in fundraising and expenditures. Prior to joining the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Anita served as the CFO and Treasurer for the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, and was the Controller & Grants Administrator at the United Nations Foundation. Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Dominique Charles, Program Manager, develops and oversees a program portfolio designed to promote an inclusive, diversified, and sustainable Haitian economy. Dominique’s past experience includes working as the senior business analyst for Zafèn, an online microfinance organization based in Haiti. He was also the public-private partnership consultant for a USAID-funded education project, and the community economic development specialist for FANM, a Haitian nonprofit in Miami. Dominique holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.A. in International Studies from DePaul University in Chicago. He speaks French and Creole.
Hilary Linder, Junior Programs Manager, supports the selection, management, and implementation of grants and investments at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Her past experience includes monitoring and reporting on humanitarian emergencies for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and serving as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Government. Hilary also has established education scholarships for children in Zimbabwe and Tanzania and conducted independent HIV/AIDS research in Rwanda. Hilary holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is proficient in French.
Rebecca White, Junior Program Manager, supports the selection, management, and implementation of Clinton Bush Haiti Fund grants and investments. Her past experience includes economic development research for the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, and marketing and business development for a responsible tourism enterprise in Rwanda. She has also consulted for the Grassroots Business Fund and the Liberian government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Rebecca holds a B.A. Anthropology and a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is proficient in French.
Amanda Cosby, Operations Manager, ensures the efficient and effective operation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the implementation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's programs. Amanda's past experience includes working for Women Thrive Worldwide, an NGO that shapes U.S. policies to help impoverished women in developing countries. She also served as Director of Scheduling to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University.
Veronica Selzler, Program Advocacy Specialist, promotes Haiti's success stories and encourages public engagement with Clinton Bush Haiti Fund programs. She has previously worked with several small nonprofit organizations in Haiti, and has also served as co-chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Chapel Hill, N.C. Veronica holds a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is proficient in French.