Monday, June 25, 2012

Steve Coll Stepping Down From NAF

Steve Coll today announced his intention to step down as President of New America Foundation (NAF) later this year.  Coll has led NAF for the last five years.

Coll, who is working on a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Ghost Wars, said that the amount of international travel required for his new book "will make it virtually impossible" for him to continue serving as President.

NAF said that when a new president is in place, Coll will transition into a Senior Fellow position with NAF's National Security Studies Program, which is directed by Peter Bergen.

Here is what the Washington Post says:
Coll, who spent 20 years at The Washington Post and remains a staff writer for The New Yorker, is often credited with higher visibility of New America, in part, by entering more journalists into the policy arena than any other think tank.
NAF said that the Board-led search for a new president is underway and is being chaired by David Bradley, Chairman and Owner of Atlantic Media Company.  Bradley, who founded and owned The Advisory Board Company and the Corporate Executive Board, is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Shea reminds us of David Bradley's "aggressive and unorthodox" recruiting strategies that are detailed in this Washington Post article by Howard Kurtz.

Based on the latest salary information, Steve Coll receives a base salary of $296,244.

Notable NAF donors include: Craigslist, Ben & Jerry's, Visa, Microsoft, Google, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  A full funding list can be found here.