Jumpstart Welcomes New Board Member

Jumpstart Welcomes Stephanie Blank to its Board of Directors

BOSTON, MA, February 9, 2012: Jumpstart, a national early education non-profit organization, announced today the appointment of Stephanie Blank to its board of directors. Blank will join a team of business leaders, philanthropists, and academics including Chris Stadler, Jumpstart board chairman and Managing Director of CVC Capital Partners, as it leads the organization in serving preschool-aged children from low-income communities with quality early education.

As a longtime champion of early childhood education, Blank enters Jumpstart with extensive experience in the field, including her work as founding chair of the governing board of GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, an independent successor group to the United Way's Early Education Commission. Blank also serves on the Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care.

“Jumpstart is at the cusp of significant growth and expansion,” said Naila Bolus, president and CEO of Jumpstart. “The breadth of Stephanie’s work in early education, as well as her passion and energy around Jumpstart’s mission, will help propel our organization to the next level.”

“I am honored to join an organization that works towards preparing children, especially those who need it most, to enter school with the skills they need to succeed,” said Stephanie Blank. “I look forward to working with Jumpstart to lead the national conversation on the importance of quality early childhood education.”

About Stephanie Blank

Stephanie is a well-known community leader and philanthropist. Stephanie is a trustee of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. She was named 2000 Georgia Philanthropist of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising executives. In 2001, she was a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award. Stephanie also received the Girls’ Opportunity for Adventure and Leadership “Going for the GOAL” Award and the Women’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Education from the Atlanta Metro United Way in 2001. Stephanie was named to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s Academy of Women Achievers and in 2002, was designated their “Woman of Achievement”. In 2007, she received the Big Voice Award from Voices for Georgia’s Children.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Stephanie lives in Atlanta and is the proud mother of three children.

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About Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and costeffective program by training college students and community volunteers to work with preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.

Press Contact: Joy Errico
Vice President of External Relations, Jumpstart
857.413.4537
joy.errico@jstart.org

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