Washington, DC – Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center announced that former Gov. Gary Locke, former Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Thomas Falk, President and CEO of Midland Cogeneration Venture Doyle Beneby, and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen have joined the organization’s board of directors.
“We are delighted to welcome the fresh perspectives of these four talented professionals to BPC’s board of directors,” said BPC Co-Founder and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. “Our nation is at a crossroads with partisan polarization at an all-time high. Their decades of experience in business, education, energy, healthcare, and public policy will be instrumental as BPC works to identify solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, and improve the lives of all Americans.”
“Many today question if our government and nation can still solve tough problems. BPC believes that repairing a wounded system requires action not absence,” said BPC President Jason Grumet. “We are heartened to be joined by four accomplished individuals with a commitment to our democracy and the proven ability to get things done.”
Gary Locke is the former governor of Washington, and previously served as secretary of commerce and ambassador to China in the Obama administration. He currently serves as the interim president of Bellevue College.
“I look forward to joining the BPC family and bringing my passion and perspective, specifically on education, immigration, and health care, to the board of directors,” said Locke. “BPC’s crucial work has shown time and time again that we can overcome our current politicized and polarized environment with unifying, bipartisan public policy solutions. I’m honored to be part of an organization that brings Americans together through hard work and consensus building.”
Thomas Falk previously served as chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark, home to brands like Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, and more. He also serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and as a national governor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
“The need for bipartisan solutions to the issues facing the United States has probably never been greater in our country’s history,” said Falk. “I am pleased to be joining the important mission of BPC and look forward to making a positive difference for our country.”
Doyle Beneby previously served as CEO and president of CPS Energy, the largest public electric and gas utility in the United States, and president of Exelon Power. He has held several senior leadership positions at various utilities including PECO, Consumers Energy Company, and Florida Power & Light.
“I feel very privileged to join the Bipartisan Policy Center at this pivotal point in history, and I look forward to contributing to BPC’s support of the critical people and institutions that positively impact our democracy,” said Beneby.
Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing on health policy and public health, and a CNN medical analyst. Previously, she served as health commissioner for Baltimore City, where she led efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health.
“During these challenging times, a bipartisan approach to problem-solving is more important than ever, whether it’s on issues of public health, the economy, infrastructure, or criminal justice,” said Wen. “I look forward to working with BPC to reimagine and rebuild our institutions to ensure a healthier and better future for all Americans.”
The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done. Read more about BPC’s board of directors here.