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news: Press Releases: 2012 February 1: Foundation Elections



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Lisa Murray


Boston, MA, February 1, 2012 – Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a non-profit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Jeffrey L. Jonas as Foundation President. Mr. Jonas was elected by unanimous vote during the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on January 10, 2012. He succeeds Catherine Gardner, who has served as Interim President since 2011.

A member of Brown Rudnick’s Management Committee, Mr. Jonas is a Co-Leader of the Firm’s Restructuring Group. He represents official and ad hoc creditors’ and equity committees, individual creditors and distressed debt holders, indenture trustees, buyers of assets and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings. An active member of the legal and civic communities, Mr. Jonas serves as Executive Committee Member of The Boston Lawyers Group, an organization that seeks to identify, recruit, advance and retain legal talent of color in Boston’s legal community.

Mr. Jonas commented, “I am pleased and honored to serve as Foundation President. The Foundation is an integral part of Brown Rudnick’s culture, and our mission is rooted in the bold, pioneering spirit of the lawyers and professionals at the Firm. I look forward to working with the Foundation Board to achieve the goal of improving inner-city education.”

Al Wallis, Director of the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest, added, “We are fortunate to have Jeff in this leadership role. His dedication and passion will be felt by the communities and people we serve."

During the Foundation’s Annual Meeting, the Foundation also elected the following 2012 Board Officers and Directors:

  • Joseph Ryan, Chair
  • Catherine Gardner, Vice President
  • Henry (Buddy) Menn, Vice President
  • Michael Camilleri, Treasurer 
  • Douglas Cohen, Clerk
  • Daniel Brown, Director
  • Mary Bucci, Director
  • Wayne Dennison, Director
  • Paul Enzinna, Director
  • Linda Marcus, Director
  • Kerry Quinn, Director
  • Angelo Thalassinos, Director

Together, these attorneys and professionals will participate in the Foundation’s grant programs, which are designed to improve inner-city education. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational grants, and through the law firm of Brown Rudnick generated hundreds of hours in pro bono representation and volunteer support.

The Directors thanked Acting President Catherine Gardner and the outgoing board members for their service.

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