American Bible Society Announces New Officers for Board of Directors

American Bible Society today announces the new appointments of officers for its Board of Directors. Chairing the Board will be Karen McDonald, who has served as Vice Chair of the Board since 2020. McDonald is succeeding Jeffrey Brown, who was elected as Chair of the Board in 2017. Additional appointments include Katherine Barnhart as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, previously serving as Secretary of the Board since 2015; Mary Banks as Secretary of the Board of Directors, previously a Member of the Board of Directors; and Georganne Perkins as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for her second term.

“We are tremendously proud that American Bible Society’s Board of Directors will be led by this group of bold and forward-thinking leaders who will help usher us into our next season. Karen McDonald’s wisdom, ministry acumen, and depth of proven success in strategic and organizational development will be invaluable to American Bible Society. She is an outstanding choice to be the next Chair of the Board, and I know she will lead in this role with the utmost integrity.

“We are deeply thankful for Jeff Brown’s vision, passion, and service to American Bible Society, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to his steadfast commitment to our mission. His leadership has been paramount to all our accomplishments over the last four years, and we wish him continued success in his next chapter. I look forward to partnering with Karen McDonald, Katherine Barnhart, Mary Banks, and Georganne Perkins as we continue on our united mission to share God’s Word where it’s needed most,” said Robert L. Briggs, President and CEO of American Bible Society.

“It is an immense honor to be appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors at American Bible Society, and I am excited for what the future holds at such a significant moment in our history. I am proud to lead the Board of Directors alongside such wise, sharp, and passionate individuals who are deeply invested in the mission of American Bible Society. I am grateful for President Briggs’ bold vision for our ministry and his trust as we forge ahead to make the Gospel known to all,” said Karen McDonald, incoming Chair of the Board.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Karen McDonald chaired the Ad-hoc Strategic Planning Committee at American Bible Society where she led the development of the organization’s strategic framework. McDonald is a longtime member of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, IL, where she is a dedicated member of the Kadima Ministry and the In Focus Community. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and is the founder and CEO of KDM Consulting and Coaching Solutions, providing organizational development expertise in strategic planning and facilitation; change management; talent management; leadership development; employee engagement; and culture including diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to launching her own firm, McDonald enjoyed a more than 20-year career in the consulting and financial services industries—serving in senior consulting roles with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers and as Head of Talent Management with Zurich North America.

Katherine Barnhart brings nonprofit acumen to her role with decades of leadership with The GROVE Group, Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN), the National Christian Foundation, and the Generosity movement. Mary Banks’s contributions are backed by a successful 25-year career in the financial services and energy industries, as well as the experiences of launching her own executive coaching and consulting firm, serving on multiple nonprofit boards, and writing three books to date. Georganne Perkins comes to this officer role with an extensive background in private equity—having served as the Director of Private Equity at Stanford Management Company as well as a managing director and senior advisor at Fisher Lynch Capital.

The first women to serve on American Bible Society’s board—Emma Baker Kennedy and Helen Miller Gould Shepard—were appointed in 1919. In 1973, Jesse Pratt became the first African American woman to serve on the Board of Managers. This is the first time in American Bible Society’s 205-year history that the officers of its Board of Directors are all women.

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