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Lumina names two new leaders who bring talent development and endowment expertise to board

INDIANAPOLIS–Lumina Foundation has announced the election of Joseph A. Boateng, chief investment officer of Casey Family Programs, and Matthew (Matt) Breitfelder, managing director and chief talent officer of BlackRock Inc. to serve on its board of directors.

“Joseph and Matt bring a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “Their backgrounds, networks and skillsets will be catalysts as Lumina continues to drive energy toward making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.”

Boateng joined Casey Family Programs in 2007 as the organization’s first in-house CIO, responsible for a $2.4 billion portfolio. Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Boateng also is active in industry trade associations and local nonprofits in Seattle. Prior to joining Casey Family Programs, he held financial management positions at Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, and Xerox. A native of Ghana, Boateng received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Ghana and a master’s in business administration from UCLA.

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to be involved in Lumina’s efforts to increase equitable postsecondary educational attainment, the bedrock of our nation’s prosperity,” Boateng said.

Breitfelder joined BlackRock, the world’s largest asset-management company, in 2011 and leads a team of 85 people who support 13,000 employees globally. Prior to joining BlackRock, Breitfelder held senior human resources leadership roles at Mastercard and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Southern California, his master’s in European studies from the London School of Economics, and his master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

“It is an honor to join Lumina’s board of directors.  I am looking forward to partnering with Jamie, the board and Lumina’s leadership team to help advance Lumina’s goal of ensuring that 60 percent of Americans receive a high-quality college degree, certificate or credential by 2025.  As the critical skills needed for success in the workplace continue to rapidly change, Lumina’s role in improving American educational outcomes has never been more important,” said Breitfelder.

See a complete list of Lumina’s board members.

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