Sunday, May 22, 2022

Carly Fiorina elected chairwoman of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees

From left to right, Carly Fiorina, Wally Martinez, Sheila Johnson, Walter S. Robertson III. (WYDaily/Courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has a new chairwoman.

Carly Fiorina has been elected to the position after serving on the board since 2017.

She succeeds Thurston R. Moore, who has led the board since 2018.

Fiorina and her husband moved to Lorton, in Fairfax County, in 2011 after losing a bid to unseat California’s Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Fiorina sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

“I’m truly honored to assume the role of chair of the board for Colonial Williamsburg and will embrace the continued collaboration with my fellow trustees and our executive team, our skilled and dedicated employees, and generous and committed donors,” Fiorina said in a prepared statement.

Other newly elected board members include Sheila Johnson, Founder & CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and co-founder of BET; Wally Martinez, managing partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; and Walter S. Robertson III, managing director of Lowe, Brockenbrough & Company.

Fiorina has extensive experience in the corporate world, including being the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company when she was appointed the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999, according to a news release from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

She also served as chairwoman of Opportunity International, a micro-finance nonprofit organization with the goal to end global poverty by creating and sustaining jobs

Fiorina’s resume also includes national roles. She has been an adviser for the Defense Department by serving on the Defense Business Board, consulted in the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, served as a chairman of the External Advisory Board of the CIA, and even sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Currently, she is the founder and chairwoman of Carly Fiorina Enterprises. She is also a best-selling author, and her most recent book is “Find Your Way.”

Looking toward the future, Fiorina’s new duties as chair include helping the foundation plan its centennial in 2026, a date coinciding with the country’s 250th anniversary.

“Carly has an innate ability to help others reach their highest potential, and we are fortunate to have such a forward-thinking, approachable leader serving as chair. Under her leadership, we will advance our educational mission in exciting new ways as we approach our centennial, and the nation’s 250th anniversary, in 2026,” Cliff Fleet, president and CEO of Colonial Williamsburg, said in the news release.

“In this moment, there is tremendous anticipation around building a better future by learning from our ancestors’ stories and struggles, seeking inspiration from their aspirations and ingenuity, and reflecting upon the nation they built,” Fiorina said.

“This historic destination is uniquely suited to play a pivotal role in helping Americans understand the complexities and contradictions of our past and how they inform our future,” she said.

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