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American Battlefield Trust Welcomes Barbara Stewart to Its Board of Trustees

Stewart elected during organization’s autumn Board of Trustees meeting

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(Washington, D.C.) — During its recent Board of Trustees meeting held both virtually and in Richmond, Va., the American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s premier heritage land preservation organization, welcomed a new trustee to its governing body. Barbara Stewart of Chicago, Ill., will now serve on the board.   

Barbara Stewart
The Trust's newest board member, Barbara Stewart.

“With her nonprofit, community-minded background and demonstrated dedication to battlefield preservation, Barbara Stewart is a wonderful addition to our leadership community,” said Trust President David Duncan. “With varied perspectives on our Board, we’re better equipped to address a broad spectrum of issues and pursue growth opportunities. I’m looking forward to working alongside her to continue in our mission to protect the hallowed ground that changed the course of our nation.”   

Stewart has extensive experience incorporating business strategy into the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Most recently, she served as the presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed CEO of AmeriCorps, the federal agency for service and volunteerism. Her federal service followed a decade as a senior executive at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and an earlier career in Illinois state government. She has chaired multiple civic and nonprofit organizations in Baltimore and Chicago, and helped found a charter school in the latter.   

She is also a Trustee and Co-Founder of the Bowe Stewart Foundation, which is proud to support the Trust’s educational efforts, especially The Great Task Youth Leadership Program, a collaborative venture with Gettysburg National Military Park. Geared toward at-risk student and youth organizations, from grade levels 7–12, the Great Task offers intensive leadership and character-building experiences that use the Gettysburg Battlefield to go beyond traditional curriculum-based field trips.  

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected nearly 54,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at www.battlefields.org