WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council announces today the expansion of its management team with the appointments of Paige Ennis as vice president for external relations and Dan Puls as vice president for advancement. Their appointments come on the heels of five years of extraordinary growth at the Council and represent a key part of the Council’s strategy to build upon its momentum.
“I am pleased to welcome these two exceptional development executives to the Council to take us to a new level of outreach and impact,” said Atlantic Council President & CEO Frederick Kempe. “They are deeply experienced, capable, and resourceful professionals who will assist the Council in going on offense to advance its mission of renewing the Atlantic community for global challenges.”
Ennis, who comes to the Council with diverse work experience ranging from academia to sports and politics, will oversee all events, individual and corporate membership programs, board relations, and communications in the role of vice president for external relations.
She has served as senior director of alumni relations at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and for the Kennedy School Annual Fund. She was previously director of marketing, alumni relations, and enrollment services for the Kennedy School’s Executive Education Department. Among her roles before Harvard, Ennis was executive producer of the US figure skating championships, international event manager at Nike, competition manager for soccer with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, director of external affairs for World Cup Soccer USA, and on the advance teams for President Bill Clinton, presidential candidate Gary Hart, and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.
As the vice president for advancement, Puls will help lead the Council’s development efforts and institutional advancement.
He has more than twenty-five years of development, communications, and nonprofit management experience and most recently served as chief of advancement at International Relief & Development. Puls previously served as director of development at Freedom House, senior director at the East-West Institute, and chief development officer with the International Centre for Democratic Transition in Budapest, Hungary. He has also served as the executive director of the Carpathian Foundation USA and senior advisor for the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy.
Together, their teams provide support to the Council’s nine programs and centers, while maintaining corporate and individual membership programs, liaising with the Board of Directors and International Advisory Board, coordinating large-scale international events and conferences, and managing communications functions.