Lessons in business leadership
March 29, 2019

Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Appoints Melinda Marble as Executive Director

The Trustees of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation are delighted to announce the appointment of Melinda Marble as its first Executive Director, beginning February, 2019.

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and societies across the globe by supporting advancements in information technology and neuroscience research.The foundation is the legacy of Patrick McGovern (1937-2014), enterprising business leader, and tireless advocate for science, who believed that advanced technology and transformative breakthroughs in mental health and neuroscience have the power to change lives and society across the globe. McGovern was the founder of IDG, a global research, investment, and publishing company that created nearly 300 information technology publications such as PCWorld, MacWorld and the Dummies guides. IDG chronicled the rise of digital technology and made it intelligible to millions, then moved beyond publishing to research and venture investing worldwide.

Marble brings several decades of leadership experience in philanthropy to the Foundation, most recently as Deputy Director of the Barr Foundation, Director of Family Philanthropy at Pilot House Associates and Executive Director of the Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation.

“Melinda’s track record in philanthropy, her commitment to both collaboration and on the ground community change, as well as her experience starting up new philanthropic enterprises and initiatives, convinced the Trustees that she was the right person to lead the Foundation now,” said Liz McGovern, Chair of the Foundation. “Patrick McGovern’s life and career direct the foundation’s core values of integrity, respect for human dignity, and an entrepreneurial ‘let’s try it’ attitude – values which we see expressed in Melinda’s creative and empathetic approaches to her work and in our efforts to further the positive social impact of technology.”

Marble has served as the first staff at a number of enterprises, including several family philanthropies, a regional association and a non-profit.  She has managed major giving programs at both family and community foundations, including the San Francisco Foundation and The Boston Foundation.  She served in both staff and, later, board positions at The Philanthropic Initiative, providing counsel to donors, foundations and corporations around the world. Her reputation for bringing bold, strategic and grounded approaches to addressing social issues is widely recognized.