Jennifer Garner Joins Save the Children's Board of Trustees

Jennifer Garner Joins Save the Children's Board of Trustees

Award-Winning Actor and Save the Children's Artist Ambassador Expands Her Role as an Advocate for Children in America and Around the Globe

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Save the Children Board of Trustees member Jen Garner visits with Lynmarie Sargent, 30, and her children at their home in Henderson, WV. The Sargent family participates in Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program. Save the Children staff visit moms and young children at home and coach them on activities to help kids grow and learn in the early years. February 11, 2014. Photo Credit: Eileen Burke for Save the Children
Save the Children Board of Trustees member Jen Garner visits with Lynmarie Sargent, 30, and her children at their home in Henderson, WV. The Sargent family participates in Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program. Save the Children staff visit moms and young children at home and coach them on activities to help kids grow and learn in the early years. February 11, 2014. Photo Credit: Eileen Burke for Save the Children

WESTPORT, Conn. (March 18, 2014) — On the heels of her center-stage appearance at the star-studded Academy Awards, actress and Save the Children's Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner is shifting the spotlight to kids. Save the Children announced today that Garner has joined the global non-profit's board of trustees, deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and around the world.

Committed to a six-year term as one of 30 members of the organization's board, Garner joins the likes of former ABC News president David Westin, former chairman of the Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

As Artist Ambassador, Garner brought Save the Children's early childhood development and literacy programs to her home state, West Virginia, where more than a quarter of children live below the poverty line. She has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the organization and traveled to California's Central Valley, Kentucky and West Virginia to see the effects of poverty first-hand.

"In my new role with Save the Children, I hope to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children right here in America and around the world," said Garner, who was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Charleston, W. Va., and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her family. "All children, whether they are born into poverty or affluence, have the right to grow up healthy, learn and make something of their lives."

"Jennifer Garner brings not only star power but also a wealth of knowledge, experience and unmatched compassion to our organization," said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. "She is an avid advocate for early childhood education programs in the United States and we look forward to expanding her role within our organization."

To learn more about Jennifer Garner's work with Save the Children, watch this video from her visit to California's Central Valley.

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