NEW YORK — Tory Burch has gone to Washington to find the first executive director for her Tory Burch Foundation.
Burch named Terri McCullough — a veteran on the staff of Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi — to the post. Prior to this appointment, McCullough was Pelosi’s chief of staff and adviser with a focus on specific policy that impacts women and families. Before that, she was assistant director at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University, and director of communications at PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning). At the Tory Burch Foundation, McCullough’s mandate will be to manage programs and operations, as well as play a key role in shaping long-term strategies.
“Terri is a proven leader with a total commitment to philanthropy and women’s economic empowerment,” Burch, who serves as Tory Burch LLC’s chief executive officer and chief creative officer, said. “Her experience and passion will be invaluable to us.”
Pelosi, who became the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 and held that post until this year, added, “For over 15 years, Terri has been an invaluable leader on my staff who helped shape our work in Washington and San Francisco. In the Office of the Speaker and Democratic Leader, she has been an exemplary manager, motivator and mentor to many, and I will greatly miss her thoughtful counsel and dedication. Terri has been particularly focused on advancing opportunity for women.”
Burch created the foundation in 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs through microfinance and mentorship programs. McCullough will now be based in New York and report to the Tory Burch Foundation board of trustees.