Innovation expert to lead Clinton Foundation

Eric Braverman at Fortune magazine's dinner for 40 under 40 awardees. Braverman will lead the Clinton Foundation, succeeding Bruce Lindsey. Photo by: Fortune Live Media / CC BY-ND

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has made up his mind on who will succeed Bruce Lindsey to lead his foundation.

Clinton has picked Eric Braverman, an expert on improving institutions through innovations and connecting the public sector to the world by opening up data portals and crowdsourcing feedback from citizens.

Braverman, a longtime consultant at McKinsey, is also a Devex 40 Under 40 development leader and in 2010 was No. 33 on Fortune magazine’s list of 40 most influential business leaders 40. He has worked in the past with the former president, in particular three years ago when he helped create a multi-stakeholder national recovery commission after the Haiti earthquake.

Throughout his 16-year stint at McKinsey, Braverman strived to bring together the public sector, nonprofits and businesses, very much in line with the driving force behind the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation to which he already contributes: Fostering partnerships that crisscross government, the corporate world and civil society.

His appointment comes at a time when the foundation has is being criticized for failing to disclose donors, sending toxic trailers to Haiti and other concerns that will test his leadership.

Braverman will also have to deal with plateauing revenues from grants and contributions. Just last year, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation spent little over its revenues.

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    As a staff writer, John Alliage Morales covers the Americas, focusing on the world's top donor hub, Washington, and its aid community - from Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom to the downtown headquarters of USAID, the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corp. Prior to joining Devex, Alliage worked for a variety of news outlets including GMA, the Philippine TV network, where he conducted interviews, analyzed data and produced in-depth stories on development and other topics.

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