Natane Eaddy will be a senior officer for youth development; Lisa Zook will be a senior officer for effective philanthropy.

ATLANTA – Nov. 1, 2022 – The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has appointed Natane Eaddy as senior program officer, Youth Development, and Lisa Zook as senior officer, Effective Philanthropy, with Eaddy starting in October and Zook in November. Eaddy joins the Blank Family Foundation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she served as a senior associate. Zook joins from her co-founded strategy and evaluation consulting firm, Informed International.

In her new role, Eaddy will be a key member of the foundation’s Youth Development giving area team. As senior program officer, she will participate actively in developing the new strategy for this program area, manage a portfolio of grants, and develop strong relationships with nonprofit partners. Her professional experiences include working in philanthropy, nonprofit and government. At her previous role at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Eaddy supported sites around the country to ensure young people transitioning from foster care were financially prepared for adulthood and connected to supportive networks. Also during her time at the Casey Foundation, she supported the foundation’s child welfare strategy group, consulting various public child welfare agencies on practices to improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care.

In her new role, Zook will be a key member of the foundation’s Effective Philanthropy team, which supports the foundation’s program areas with tools, guidance and structures for strategy, monitoring, learning and evaluation. Zook will be a resource to program teams to develop and measure the progress of their strategies and use evaluation to learn and improve. She has more than 10 years of experience with providing technical support to community-based programs and is driven to use strategies and evaluations as tools for social good. Prior to joining the foundation, Zook co-founded Informed International, a strategy and evaluation consulting firm based in Seattle, serving nonprofits and foundations.

“We are delighted to welcome Natane and Lisa to the foundation,” said Fay Twersky, president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “They both bring tremendous experience, skills and wisdom to support the next chapter of our giving.”

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

After more than 25 years and more than $950 million in giving, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is committed to significantly accelerating the impact of its philanthropy over the next 10+ years. The foundation is currently on a journey of deeper learning and strategy setting for its new priority areas: Youth Development, Democracy, Environment., Mental Health & Well-Being and Atlanta’s Westside. Additionally, the foundation oversees a large portfolio of enduring founder-led initiatives.

Geographically, much of the work will continue to prioritize Georgia (with a focus on Atlanta) and Montana, while also considering the potential for greater national impact and influence.

Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.

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