Katrina relief official quits after pastors fault fiscal oversight

Fund called "a philanthropic FEMA"
The executive director of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund has resigned her post after prominent members of the fund’s religious advisory committee quit and harshly criticized the manner in which the fund made grants to houses of worship.

Fund cochairs Don Evans and Alexis Herman announced July 14 that Mary Ann Wyrsch would be replaced by Constance Berry Newman, an executive with a Washington lobbying group, while acknowledging the concerns stated by former committee cochairs, Bishop T. D. Jakes of Dallas and William H. Gray III, a pastor in Philadelphia.

“We respect the concerns of the ministers and share their desire for our actions to work as well as possible for the churches and congregations in need,” wrote Evans and Herman. “In the best interests of the mission of the fund to help the people of the Gulf region rebuild their lives, Mary Ann Wyrsch has . . . submitted her resignation as executive director of the fund.”

 

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