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Barbara Dyer

President and CEO of Hitachi Foundation

July 20, 2010
Barbara Dyer is president and CEO of the Hitachi Foundation. She is also a senior advisor in the formulation and implementation of Hitachi's North American corporate social responsibility strategy. In her current capacity, Ms. Dyer has sharpened the foundation's focus on the role of business in society, with a particular emphasis on the role of business in ameliorating poverty in America. Under her leadership, the Hitachi Foundation has shaped two major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives: “Jobs to Careers” with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor, and the “National Fund for Workforce Solutions,” which she chairs. Prior to joining the Hitachi Foundation, Ms. Dyer was co–founder of the National Academy of Public Administration's Alliance for Redesigning Government, deputy executive director and director of policy studies at the Council of Governors' Policy Advisors, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior in the Carter administration, and deputy executive director of the Western regional office of the Council of State Governments. Ms. Dyer is a member of the corporate committee of the Council on Foundations, the Points of Light/Hands–On Network Corporate Advisory Council, the Clark University board of trustees, and the dean's advisory council of American University's School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Clark University and the Harvard Kennedy School's program for senior executives in state and local government.