Today the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation announced that Michael McMahan has joined the organization as its Chief Operations Officer. McMahan is a proven strategic planner, fundraiser, operations specialist, and leader with more than twenty years of experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where he oversaw all fundraising activities and events and the integration of long-term revenue planning for the Bush Institute and its public programming workstreams.
“It’s a great honor to join the Foundation and help build on the momentum that has been generated over the past eight years for a Memorial on the National Mall,” said Michael McMahan. “I look forward to working with the Foundation’s high-performing team to develop strategies that will accelerate our progress toward our fundraising, personnel, and public relations goals. More than anything, I’m eager to take up the work of honoring all who have served in our nation’s longest war.”
“Michael is a consummate and well-respected professional whose talents for planning, development, and organization will help take the Foundation’s mission to the next level,” said Foundation President and CEO Michael “Rod” Rodriguez. “We are deeply humbled, grateful, and tremendously excited that he has chosen to join our team to continue the work that was an integral part of his time at the Bush Center – honoring our Global War on Terrorism heroes. Bienvenidos Hermano!”
A licensed member of the Texas Bar, Michael was an energy law litigator prior to joining the Bush Center, where he still serves as a Senior Advisor. He served in the George W. Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., Economics) and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law (J.D.).
Michael serves on the board of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and the Mission and Outreach Committee for St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the 43 Club young professionals organization.