NEW YORK, April 1, 2010 – The Council For Economic Education (CEE), a leading international economic education organization, announced today that Nan J. Morrison will become the President & Chief Executive Officer, effective May 3, 2010. Gary Stern, who has served as Acting President & Chief Executive Officer, since February 17, 2010, will return to his role on CEE’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
“I am thrilled to be joining this great organization which has achieved so much,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s new President and CEO. “One needs only to look at today’s headlines to see that our mission could not be more timely. An understanding of economics is essential to our ability to make informed decisions as consumers, savers, and citizens. At a personal level, young people need to learn how to make sound financial decisions for themselves and their families.”
“We are delighted and honored that Nan has chosen to focus her superb talents and passion for helping others to lead our effort to improving financial literacy and economic education for young people,” said CEE Board Chairman and CME Group CEO Craig S. Donohue. “We are confident that she will be instrumental in helping CEE advance economic education and financial literacy advocacy and curriculum content development both domestically and abroad. Most importantly, Nan and our CEE team will help change and influence the lives of millions of K-12 children in a real and meaningful way.”
“Nan’s strategic and people leadership skills, her enthusiasm, and her clear passion for the CEE mission make her an excellent choice for this role,” said CEE Board Vice-Chairman Doug Woodham. “She will be a tremendous addition to the CEE organization, and we look forward to her leadership as we continue promoting financial and economic education across the nation and around the world.”
Nan J. Morrison
Nan J. Morrison is an accomplished strategy consultant with extensive experience in the non-profit world. As a graduate of Harvard Business School and Yale University, with an academic background grounded in mathematics, Nan is fundamentally aware of the critical importance of economic and financial literacy in the lives of our nation’s young people. Nan’s expertise in setting strategy and managing teams, combined with her passion for education and the mission of the CEE, combine to give her the qualities needed to lead the CEE during this important period.
Recently, as a Partner in Accenture’s Public Service Group, Nan managed a successful project to implement accountability measures for the NYC Department of Education. In addition, Nan has worked with senior leaders at several major universities to affect technology transformations. Prior to Accenture, Nan was a Partner with other leading consulting firms including Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Mercer Management Consulting. Nan has held operational roles earlier in her career at Morgan Stanley and General Electric.
Nan’s private sector experience ranges from developing business cases for start-ups and improving the operations of small companies, to implementing new business strategies and marketing channels, to smoothing the process of merging multi-billion dollar companies. At Accenture, Nan was responsible for building the Managing Information Technology in the Mergers & Acquisition practice in North America. She has been actively involved in staff development and mentoring initiatives in all the organizations in which she has worked.
In addition to her professional work, Nan is an active civic leader. Building on a relationship developed at BCG, she worked closely with the New York City Partnership to found ReStart Central, an organization devoted to helping small downtown businesses recover from the devastation of September 11. At that same time, Nan also became active with JASA (Jewish Organization for Services of the Aged), leading an operational and strategic turnaround of this non-denominational $100M dollar organization whose mission is to sustain and enrich the lives of the elderly and enable them to remain in their homes. After consulting with the organization, Nan was invited to join the Board, where she currently serves on the Executive Committee, founded the Strategic Planning Committee, and has led several task forces to implement major policy changes. Nan has also recently joined the Board of Hebrew Union College.
Nan graduated with a BS in applied math and engineering from Yale. She has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School for Business, where she serves as section fundraiser. Nan’s interest in education reaches back to high school and college where she tutored elementary school students. She has completed three triathlons.
About the Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council’s programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.