News & UpdatesJuly 23, 2012-Humanity United News, Staff Notes
Kurt Kroemer, most recently the vice president and chief operating officer at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, joins Humanity United today as the organization’s chief operating officer. He is based in Humanity United’s headquarters in the Presidio of San Francisco.
“We are tremendously excited to bring Kurt’s experience and expertise to Humanity United. His proven leadership in both the nonprofit and public sectors will not only help us sharpen our operations, but uniquely contribute to our programming,” said Randy Newcomb, president and CEO of Humanity United. “And considering the range of Kurt’s outside accomplishments—from his service as a city councilman in Maryland to his current activities as a top-ranked cyclist in Arizona—I look forward to the dynamism and energy he will bring to our team.”
At the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kroemer helped to oversee the $250 million nonprofit’s strategic planning, finances, human resources and talent development, compliance and audit, information technology and business intelligence. The Make-A-Wish Foundation includes 62 chapters, 1,000 staff, and more than 25,000 volunteers. Previous to that role, Kroemer held several executive-level positions at the American Red Cross—including deputy chief of staff in the office of the president and CEO and senior vice president of the Biomedical Service team, where he helped to oversee the $2 billion enterprise with 20,000 employees.
Kroemer began his career with the General Accounting Office, now known as the Government Accountability Office, where he led investigations directed by members of Congress and its committees—such as reports on Persian Gulf Syndrome and the safety of dietary supplements. Several of these reports were the focus of Congressional hearings and covered by national news outlets and newspapers. As a result of this work, he was recognized with the Comptroller General’s Award, the office’s highest award for management excellence.
“I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to join this incredible organization. I look forward to working with its outstanding Board of Trustees, Randy, and the rest of the staff to help further Humanity United’s incredibly compelling mission,” Kroemer said. “Their work is essential and I am honored to be part of an organization that fights so passionately for those most in need.”
About Humanity United
Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. At home and in the corners of the globe where these ideals are challenged most, we lead and support efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, engage markets and business as a force for change, and encourage the exploration of promising ideas and innovations to end conflict and slavery. All with the belief that everyone has the right to a life that is peaceful and free. Learn more at HumanityUnited.org.