Points of Light Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Directors

ATLANTA| Jan 17, 2019

ATLANTA (Jan. 17, 2019) – Points of Light is pleased to announce the addition of five leaders to its board of directors. Each individual brings an enduring commitment to service, and will apply their expertise to Points of Light’s mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that creates change in communities around the world.

The newly appointed members of the Points of Light board of directors are:

  • Mary Kate Cary, a professional writer and filmmaker who served as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to early 1992, helping to write more than 100 presidential addresses. Mary Kate continues to write for a variety of national political, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and is currently a senior fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs;
  • Heidi Magyar, director of corporate giving at General Motors, who oversees integrated corporate giving and employee volunteerism initiatives. In 2015, Heidi was appointed as a commissioner by the governor of Michigan to the Michigan Community Service Commission, which uses service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities;
  • Brenda Robinson, entertainment attorney, philanthropist and partner in the law firm of Swanson Martin & Bell LLP in Chicago. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided legal counsel to a variety of clients in the music, film, television and performing arts industries, and she is a member of the Recording Academy and the Sundance Institute;
  • Suzanne Spero, executive director of The MCJ Amelior Foundation, a family foundation assisting entities that encourage mentoring relationships, create unique entrepreneurial opportunities, and promote national and local participation in voluntary community programs and services. Suzanne is co-founder of Jersey Cares, a Points of Light affiliate, which organizes teams of socially-minded individuals for community service projects;
  • Eric Tanenblatt, global chair of public policy and regulation at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, who also leads the firm’s U.S. public policy practice. Eric was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, serving from 2008 until 2013. He was head of congressional and intergovernmental affairs at the Peace Corps during President George H.W. Bush’s administration, and was the founder and chairman of Hands on Georgia, a statewide organization to promote volunteerism.

“All five of our new board members share our vision to inspire future generations to carry forward the commitment to give back,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light. “This dynamic group of leaders provide a perfect complement to our current board. We look forward to leveraging their skills and energy in our work.”

The new cohort of board members began their service on Jan. 1, 2019, and will serve a three-year term.


Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

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