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Tourism Cares names executive director

Mike Rea

CANTON, Massachusetts — Tourism Cares has selected Mike Rea as its next executive director, effective July 8.

Rea was chosen following an extensive six-month search, according to Brad Finkle, chairman of the search committee. Rea will assume the position held by Bruce Beckham since 2000. Beckham announced his intended retirement in September of 2012.

Currently a senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Rea comes to the position with significant expertise in the world of nonprofit management. He has supported innovative philanthropy and impact as part of Bank of America’s Philanthropic Management unit and as part of the U.S. education program at the Gates Foundation. In 2001 he founded Give2Asia, a social enterprise project.

Rea has travelled the United States and globe extensively and, prior to his career in philanthropy, published on the anthropology of tourism.

“These are exciting times for Tourism Cares,” said Beckham. “There are so many programs that are underway and so much more to do. I’m thrilled that Tourism Cares has chosen someone with Mike’s background and ability to take the organization to the next level.”
“I am humbled and thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the supporters, staff and Board of Directors of Tourism Cares as we seek to build on the substantial accomplishments thus far,” Rea said. “Philanthropy and travel are two of the most potent sources that families have for connecting with each other and expressing our interest and care for others. To have the chance to bring both of these together in meaningful ways for the causes we care about is a special honor.”

After the leadership transition Beckham will remain a champion and thought partner for the organization he has grown, assuming the role of executive advisor.