PHOENIX - (December 6, 2012) – Make-A-Wish America recently elected Phil Lussier as chairman of its national board of directors.
Lussier has a long and distinguished career in the financial industry. He was chairman and CEO of CitiStreet LLC, a joint venture between State Street and Citigroup, one of the largest and most experienced global benefits providers and a leader in the U.S. retirement marketplace. Most recently he co-founded Investment Guidance Solutions, a quantitative risk management tool for mutual fund advisors and co-founded Crow Point Investment Management, an investment management firm and RIA dedicated to delivering risk managed investment solutions to financial advisors and their clients. Before working at CitiStreet, he was director of sales and marketing for the Retirement Investment Services division of State Street Global Advisors and director of sales and marketing at Putnam Investments.
Lussier’s involvement with Make-A-Wish spans 11 years and began when his son was granted a wish in 2001. Since then, he has served on the local level as a board member of Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island where he was also chair of the board’s outreach committee. He was appointed to the Make-A-Wish national board in October 2009 and appointed board chair in October at the board’s annual meeting in Glendale, Ariz.
“As a wish dad, Phil understands firsthand the life-changing impact a wish has on children with life-threatening medical conditions,” said David Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “With his deep appreciation of our mission and his leadership and financial expertise, we look forward to the continued contributions Phil will bring to the organization as our new national board chair.”
Lussier is involved in his community in other ways as well; he is on the Board of Directors of the South Shore YMCA and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Lussier earned a Bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University. He and his wife live in Milton, Massachusetts, and have three adult children.
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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 226,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2012 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.