Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan Joins ONE’s Board of Directors

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Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan Joins ONE’s Board of Directors

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 2:00pm

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WASHINGTON D.C., May 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ — The ONE Campaign is delighted to welcome Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan to its Board of Directors. Joining ONE co-founder Bono and a distinguished group of more than a dozen leaders from business, government, and the non-profit community, Sullivan will help ONE in its mission to end extreme poverty and stop the spread of preventable disease.

ONE President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Elliott said:

“We’re thrilled to have an inspirational leader like Michele Sullivan join ONE’s Board of Directors. Michele brings a unique perspective to ONE, particularly with the Caterpillar Foundation’s launch of ‘Together.Stronger.’ – a collaborative impact platform uniting businesses, non-profits, governments and citizens to work together to create sustainable progress for all. Michele and the Caterpillar Foundation have been wonderful supporters of our work, including on the passage of legislation in the U.S. Congress earlier this year to help bring electricity access to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the call to world leaders to put girls and women at the heart of the new Global Goals. Michele’s smart, strategic, and collaborative approach to philanthropic investing will be a tremendous asset to ONE as we move forward.”

ONE Board of Directors Chair Tom Freston said:

“Michele is a persuasive and powerful voice on behalf of girls and women, and a world-class leader on innovative and meaningful public-private collaboration. Michele and the Caterpillar Foundation have long been friends to ONE, and I am excited that her voice will now be a part of our ONE's strategic leadership. We are all thrilled to welcome Michele to ONE’s board of directors."

Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan said:

“I’m honored to join the ONE Board of Directors and look forward to continuing to advance the organization’s mission to end extreme poverty. No one group or individual can accomplish this alone, and ONE understands when we work together, we are stronger.”

Sullivan took over leadership of the Caterpillar Foundation in late 2011. During her tenure, the Foundation has grown from transactional to global and strategic, shifting to a focus on Corporate Social Innovation. This strategy places the human need first, not as an afterthought of profit. The Foundation has also begun to focus on policy work as Sullivan and her team believe sustainable changes in policy are necessary to making real change happen.

Sullivan joined Caterpillar in 1988.  She has held various leadership positions inside the company and with outside organizations over the years and recently served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Sullivan currently chairs the Greater Peoria Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Advisory Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Bradley University.

About ONE
The ONE Campaign is a policy and advocacy organization of more than 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Not politically partisan, it raises public awareness and presses political leaders to combat AIDS and other preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs.

About the Caterpillar Foundation:
Founded in 1952, Caterpillar's philanthropic organization, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed more than $650 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs. To learn more about the global impact of the Caterpillar Foundation, please visit To connect with us on social media, visit  


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Keywords: Philanthropy | Caterpillar Foundation | Michele Sullivan | ONE Campaign | Together.Stronger | sustainability

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