After a nationwide search, the Newseum has named Gary A. Officer to be its new senior vice president and chief development officer, effective Jan. 4, 2016. Officer currently serves as the vice president of global engagement and chief development officer at the Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars, a global foreign policy think tank.
“Gary is exceptionally well-qualified to lead the Newseum’s fundraising efforts, and he is bringing his nationally recognized nonprofit experience to our organization at an incredibly exciting time,” said Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum. “Gary shares our passion for championing the First Amendment and his leadership will be crucial in helping us accomplish the ambitious goals we’ve set for the future of the Newseum.”
Officer previously served as the president and chief executive officer of Rebuilding Together, Inc., the nation’s largest homeownership preservation nonprofit, and fourth largest remodeler. Within six years, he grew Rebuilding Together from an operating budget of $3.5 million to $21 million dollars, placing more than $300 million of public and private capital to support community revitalization projects. Officer previously led the Associated Black Charities, a Baltimore-based regional philanthropic organization.
He has served as president of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), which supports the development of credit unions in the United States. During his tenure at NCUF, Officer grew a $370 million community investment fund that provided secondary capital, grants and loans to credit unions and related organizations in the United States and around the world.
Officer earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science from the Manchester Metropolitan University, England, in 1988 and a Master of Science in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics in 1990. In 2012, Officer completed the advanced management program at the Said Business School at Oxford University.