Bill Strickland tapped by White House for Council for Community SolutionsDecember 15, 2010 by Eddie Scher
On December 14 President Barack Obama established the White House Council for Community Solutions, naming Bill Strickland one of 25 Council members. The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.
Bill Strickland, a Skoll Social Entrepreneur, is the founder of the Manchester Institution, home of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, which trains people in, among other skills, ceramics, orchid growing, photography, culinary careers and music.President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation. I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”? ?In addition to providing advice to the President on solving specific community needs, the White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities. The Council will be composed of leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations who are committed to social innovation and civic engagement.”