Amanda Farnan
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CBS News Journalist and “Face the Nation” Moderator Margaret Brennan joins Partnership for Public Service board of directors  

July 12, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to building a better government and a stronger democracy, today announced that Margaret Brennan, moderator of “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan” and chief foreign affairs correspondent at CBS News, has been elected to its board of directors. 

Brennan and the award-winning “Face the Nation” team have been recognized for their illuminating interviews and analysis that further the public conversation. The Radio Television Digital News Association awarded the broadcast its prestigious “First Amendment Award” in 2022 for how the program champions press freedoms. In 2023, the broadcast was recognized with a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in TV Political Journalism from USC Annenberg, citing Brennan’s moderating approach as “measured, completely consistent, researched and prepared.” Brennan has continued the legacy of “Face the Nation” as the home of informative conversations, featuring interviews with influential voices in politics including Joe Biden as a presidential candidate, former president Donald Trump, Vice Presidents Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, along with House Speakers Kevin McCarthy and Nancy Pelosi have been interviewed on the program.  

Brennan joined CBS News in 2012, became the second woman to host “Face the Nation” in 2018 and has held roles including as a correspondent covering the State Department and the White House. 

“Margaret is a trusted voice for millions of Americans, helping illuminate how government works and where it should be held accountable,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “Her perspective and her passion for a strong democracy are invaluable to our work. We are honored to have her join our board of directors.” 

“Our focus on Sundays is to deliver context, clarity, and cut through the noise,” said Margaret Brennan. “I am honored to join the board of the Partnership for Public Service, an organization that also prioritizes informed, straightforward dialogue about how we can work better together.”  

“Margaret doesn’t shy away from asking the tough questions, and I know she will bring that energy to our board and our work as well,” said Tom Bernstein, chairman of the Partnership for Public Service. “Her insights and instincts about how the public views and understands government, honed over years of covering Washington, will have a big impact for us.”    

In addition to her role at CBS, Brennan serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the advisory board for the University of Virginia School of Politics and the Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin. She is also a member of the Gridiron Club. 

As an elected member of the Partnership for Public Service’s board of directors, Brennan will serve as a volunteer, helping guide the organization’s strategic priorities and ensuring its financial health by providing fiscal oversight and supporting fundraising efforts.   

Other elected members of the Partnership for Public Service’s board of directors include:  

  • Other elected members of the Partnership for Public Service’s board of directors include:  
  • Tom A. Bernstein: President, Chelsea Piers Management, Inc., and Chairman, Partnership for Public Service   
  • Karan Bhatia: Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google 
  • Doug Conant: Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership and Former CEO and President, Campbell Soup Company   
  • Joel L. Fleishman: Professor of Law and Director, Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions, Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy   
  • Nora Gardner: Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company   
  • W. Scott Gould: CEO, Mountain Lake Associates, LLC   
  • David J. Kappos: Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP   
  • Les L. Lyles: Former Chairman of the Board, USAA; former Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force; Chairman of the User Advisory Group, United States National Space Council    
  • Sharon Marcil: Managing Director and Senior Partner, North America Chair, Boston Consulting Group  
  • Jennifer Millstone   
  • Indra K. Nooyi: Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo   
  • Sean O’Keefe: University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University   
  • Steven C. Preston: President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International   
  • Kevin Sheekey: Global Head of External Relations, Bloomberg LP   
  • Max Stier: President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service   
  • Dan Tangherlini: Managing Director, Emerson Collective   
  • Toni Townes-Whitley: CEO-elect, SAIC 
  • Jim VandeHei: Co-Founder and CEO, Axios   
  • George W. Wellde Jr.: Former Vice Chairman, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs & Company  
  • Neal S. Wolin: CEO, Brunswick Group 

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