News about Former Foundation Staff
Salih Booker, who was a Foundation program officer for Eastern and Southern Africa, working out of its Nairobi office from 1986 to 1988, has been named executive director of the Center for International Policy (CIP).
The Washington, D.C.-based organization was established in 1975 “by anti-war activists who wanted to make sure the lessons of the Vietnam War were not forgotten”.
The board chairman of CIP, John O. Niles, said Booker “will lead our efforts to promote diplomacy and cooperative solutions to global challenges, cost-effectively reducing the number of foreign military bases, ending counter-productive military interventions abroad and investing more resources to address domestic and global inequality”.
“My experiences,” said Booker, “from street level activism to Capitol Hill to the practice of international philanthropy as well as leadership roles at foreign policy think tanks, NGOs and international institutions will help me lead CIP as we build upon its historical strengths to create a new platform for progressive foreign policy work, and to act as an incubator of ideas and projects to help re-build the peace movement of the 21st century.”
Booker has worked extensively on issues relating to Africa, as an activist for Trans-Africa, a staff member of the House Committee on Foreign Affair’s Subcommittee on Africa, a senior fellow and director of the Africa Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, executive director at Global Rights and Africa Action and, most recently, as the vice president of external relations at the United States Institute of Peace.
Susan Hairston has been named to the Board of Governors of Union County College, the first and oldest community college in New Jersey. She previously was a trustee of the Union County College Foundation.
She began work at the Ford Foundation in 1997 as a Senior Grants Manager for the Assets Program, and was promoted in 2002 to be Manager of Grant Administration in the Office of Management Services. In 2011 she was named Director of Grants Management in the Office of Program Management and then, in 2012, became Director of Program Operations and Services in the Operations Division.
She retired from the Foundation in December.
Hairston earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. She is an Ascent Fellow of the Tuck Executive Education programs at Dartmouth University.