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Jackie Bird, Leader in Cross-Cultural Communications, Elected to AFB's Board of Trustees

New York, NY (December 8, 2008)—During a November 2008 convening of its Board of Trustees, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced the election of a new, distinguished board member, Jackie Bird, an independent consultant in cross-cultural consumer marketing.

"I am honored and excited to welcome Jackie to AFB's board," said Richard J. O'Brien, Chair of AFB's Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Summit Asset Management. "AFB stands to benefit immensely from the experiences and innovative perspective Jackie will bring to the table."

Ms. Bird was most recently President and CEO of Winglatino, where she oversaw all management and operations for the agency's main headquarters in New York, as well as their office in Miami. During her tenure, she guided Winglatino's evolution from a full-service ad agency to a multi-channel communications company on the leading edge of Hispanic marketing. In 2006, Winglatino was named one of the top five fastest growing Latino agencies in the U.S. by Advertising Age. A firm believer in giving back to the community, she is a member of the Gala Committee for El Museo del Barrio, New York City's only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art, and is a participant in New York City's Latin Media and Entertainment Commission (LMEC). Ms. Bird holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.

"Jackie is truly a leader in the field of cross-cultural consumer marketing," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President & CEO. "Her history of service and commitment to the Hispanic market will help AFB provide services and resources to the 2.3 million Hispanic and Latino Americans living with vision loss."

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Media Contact:
Caitlin McFeely
AFB Communications
cmcfeely@afb.net
212-502-7674

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