Atlantic City, NJ (December 21, 2016) – The Miss America Foundation, Inc., (MAF) announced today the appointment of notable Washington, D.C. lobbyist and former Miss America judge Lanny Griffith as its new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Known for helping companies navigate major mergers and acquisitions, and securing funding for universities and medical research, Lanny Griffith currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of BGR Group — one of the nation’s most prominent and influential public policy advocacy firms.
“We are so pleased to welcome Lanny Griffith as the new Chairman of the Board of The Miss America Foundation,” said Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman of The Miss America Organization and Trustee of The Miss America Foundation. “Having served as a preliminary judge at the 2016 Miss America Competition, Lanny truly understands and values the importance of the Miss America movement of empowering young women, and as one of the nation’s top lobbyists, he will be a great champion for our cause as we continue to share our story with the world.”
Prior to founding BGR Group in 1993, Lanny worked in the White House and served in several roles in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. On January 20, 1989, Lanny was sworn in as Special Assistant to the President in the East Room of the White House, serving as President Bush’s liaison to governors and other statewide elected officials.
At the White House, he was a principal architect of President Bush’s 1989 Education Summit in Charlottesville, VA, and was later nominated by President Bush to be Assistant Secretary of Education under then-Secretary Lamar Alexander. Lanny’s efforts were successful in building a national consensus around educational standards and testing, and he also managed the launch of the G.I. Bill for Children and coordinated the administration’s role on the National Education Goals Panel.
A dedicated philanthropist, Lanny is a founder of the Trust for the National Mall and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He recently served as National Treasurer for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation in the United States, where he worked with MAO Executive Chairman Sam Haskell and MAO Chief Operating Officer Josh Randle. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lanny co-chaired and co-executive produced Mississippi Rising with Sam Haskell, the national disaster relief concert telethon on MSNBC that raised over $15 million for hurricane victims and recovery efforts.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lanny to this incredibly important role,” said Josh Randle, COO of The Miss America Organization and Secretary of The Miss America Foundation. “Lanny’s deep experience in education and proven track record in philanthropy will greatly benefit The Miss America Foundation’s efforts as we continue to raise scholarship funds and explore new and meaningful ways to empower more young women than ever before.”
About The Miss America Foundation (MAF)
The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.
About The Miss America Organization (MAO)
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.