Gap leader tapped for White House council 

Bobbi Silten, the Gap's chief foundation officer, was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the newly created White House Council for Community Solutions.

What is the council?

The council will provide advice to President Obama on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and governments to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.

How did you get chosen for the position, and what does it mean to you?

In putting together the council, the White House wanted representation from the nonprofit, philanthropic and private sectors. As they looked at companies, they considered ones that were socially responsible and demonstrated a commitment to community. They also appreciated that our work reflects a spirit of innovation and cross-sector collaboration, which will be important to the work of the council.

What are the council’s immediate goals?

The council will convene on Feb. 4 to further identify its vision and goals. We will identify and broadcast what works to promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration, highlight the changemakers who are making a significant impact, and engage leaders in the nonprofit, philanthropic and private sectors.

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