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Chris Gates, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Council on Foundations
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Shortly after the 2016 election, the Council on Foundations announced it had hired veteran nonprofit executive Chris Gates as executive vice president for external affairs, a new position. Gates, a former president of the National Civic League, executive director of the council's Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) affinity group, and president of the Sunlight Foundation, had joined the council as a senior advisor earlier in the year, and for many the hire was a clear signal that the council was determined to strengthen and energize its government relations efforts in preparation for the Trump era.

Recently, Philanthropy News Digest (PND) spoke with Gates about his new role and what he — and the Council — can do to help its members prepare for the new administration.