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Watch Live: President Obama Speaks at Goalkeepers Event in New York

September 20, 2017 1:59 PM

Earlier today, President Obama joined Bill and Melinda Gates and other leaders from around the world in New York City at the inaugural… More

What You Missed: The Obama Foundation Public Meeting in Chicago

September 15, 2017 5:31 PM

“I want you to be my partner in this journey going forward again because I think this will be something that makes you just as… More

Email from President Obama: “This is where we go from here”

September 13, 2017 9:14 AM

This morning, President Obama sent a message to the Obama Foundation email list to announce our next steps, including the first set of projects… More

Obama Foundation Announces Slate of Programming for Fall 2017 with Fall Summit Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama

September 13, 2017 8:04 AM

Initiatives will inspire and empower civic innovators and young people to take action in their own communities Chicago, IL – Today, President Obama announced in… More

Obama Foundation to Host Public Meeting to Receive Community Feedback on Foundation Programming and Obama Presidential Center

September 7, 2017 11:04 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 14 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place… More

Obama Foundation Issues Request for Proposal to Four Construction Management Teams for Obama Presidential Center

August 31, 2017 6:50 AM

Major Minority-Owned Firms Tapped to Submit RFP in Obama Foundation’s Ongoing Goal of Bringing Local, Diverse Firms into Development of OPC... More

Hurricane Harvey Relief: How You Can Help

August 28, 2017 5:15 PM

All weekend, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have been pitching in to aid those affected by the devastating flooding… More

Obama Foundation Announces Proposal for Combined Park & Parking Facility for Obama Presidential Center

August 23, 2017 1:00 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced its proposal for a combined park and parking facility on an underutilized section of the Midway Plaisance… More

Happy Birthday, President Obama!

August 4, 2017 11:04 AM

In honor of President Obama’s birthday today, Mrs. Obama has a special message to share: On the last full day of his presidency, Barack wrote… More

Summer in Chicago: A Lollapalooza Playlist

August 3, 2017 9:58 AM

To celebrate Chicago as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center and current home to some of the world’s biggest and best-loved music… More

Obama Foundation Announces Ralph Leslie as Chief Financial Officer

July 25, 2017 12:02 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced Ralph Leslie as Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer, Ralph will oversee the financial… More

Digital Citizenship: What We’re Hearing From You

July 13, 2017 4:25 PM

Last week, the Obama Foundation's chief digital officer, Glenn Brown, wrote that the first step towards restoring "the original promise of the Internet... Read on Medium

Mrs. Obama Shares a Message on Malala Day

July 12, 2017 9:00 AM

Twenty years ago today, in a part of Pakistan where women and girls are so often silenced, a girl was born who would one day… More

Digital Citizenship: What’s Your Approach?

July 5, 2017 12:10 PM

Last time I posted here, I called for your help with the Obama Foundation’s work on digital citizenship, about what it means to be a good citizen online... Read on Medium

President Obama’s Visit to Indonesia

June 29, 2017 5:05 PM

On July 1, President Obama met with young Indonesians and learned more about how they are making a positive difference in their communities – and how… More

The Obama Presidential Center Landscape Survey

June 21, 2017 11:12 AM

In the months and years to come, we will be working to create an engaging and welcoming place that will inspire you to change… More

Obama Foundation Announces Requests for Qualifications for Construction Management Services for the Obama Presidential Center

June 15, 2017 10:24 AM

Participating Firms Encouraged to Demonstrate Innovative Approach to Workforce Training and Ambitious Goals for Minority Hiring Chicago – Today, the Obama Foundation released… More

Obama Foundation Announces Dr. Louise Bernard as Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center

May 31, 2017 2:00 PM

Chicago – Today, the Obama Foundation announced Dr. Louise Bernard as the Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. As Museum Director, Dr. More

President Obama’s Visit to Germany

May 25, 2017 7:00 AM

On May 25, 2017, President Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and four young leaders for a conversation on the topic of “Being Involved in Democracy: Taking on Responsibility Locally and Globally”... More

Hometown: A Collaborative Playlist

May 18, 2017 4:32 AM

We asked you to share songs that remind you of home and inspire you to be involved in your communities. From India… More

Obama Foundation Files Form 990 for 2016 Tax Year

May 15, 2017 12:00 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has filed its Form 990 for the 2016 tax year. A copy of the 990 and the Foundation’s independent… More

Obama Foundation Announces Lynn Taliento as Chief Program Officer

May 12, 2017 12:05 PM

Chicago – Today, the Obama Foundation announced Lynn Taliento as Chief Program Officer. At the Obama Foundation, Lynn Taliento will lead the development of the… More

Obama Presidential Center is Estimated to Support Thousands of Jobs in City of Chicago and the South Side during Construction and Ten Years of Operations

May 11, 2017 11:04 AM

Assessment Outlines Potential for OPC to Serve as Catalyst for Additional Development on South Side Chicago – Today, the Obama Foundation released an Economic Impact… More

Obama Foundation Announces Glenn Brown as Chief Digital Officer

May 10, 2017 3:22 PM

Chicago – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that Glenn Brown will serve as Chief Digital Officer. As Chief Digital Officer, Glenn will lead the Foundation’s… More

President Obama Accepts the 2017 Centennial John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

May 8, 2017 11:23 AM

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, President Obama accepted the 2017 Centennial John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award with these words: “Courage, President… More

The Obama Foundation and NARA Announce New Details on Obama Presidential Center Structure and Operations

May 3, 2017 12:55 PM

Today, the Obama Foundation announced new details on the operational structure of the Obama Presidential Center and, in coordination with the National Archives and Records… More

President and Mrs. Obama Announce Conceptual Vision for Design of Obama Presidential Center

May 3, 2017 12:00 PM

Campus Setting Will Include Presidential Museum, Public Plaza and Space that Features a ‘Working Center for Citizenship;’ Plan Revitalizes Jackson Park to Re-Establish Connection to… More

Obama Foundation Announces Project Management Team for Obama Presidential Center

April 11, 2017 3:01 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that three firms have combined talents to lead the project management for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). … More

Sportsmanship & Citizenship: President Obama’s 2017 NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets

March 15, 2017 2:10 PM

We heard from many of you that your experiences playing sports have helped you develop confidence, an appreciation for hard work, and a positive outlook… More

Obama Foundation Announces Exhibition Designers for Obama Presidential Center

February 21, 2017 1:41 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has selected an interdisciplinary exhibition design team for the museum that will be part of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The exhibition design team will be led by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) and will ultimately include several firms and individuals with expertise in media, lighting, and acoustics. Several Chicago-based creative collaborators will play important roles in the exhibition design process, including the firms Civic Projects LLC and Normal, and the artists and educators Amanda Williams, Andres Hernandez, and Norman Teague. Almost half of the exhibition design work for the OPC will be performed by minority- and woman-owned businesses. More

Obama Foundation Announces Landscape Architect for Obama Presidential Center

January 30, 2017 11:22 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced the landscape architecture team for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC).  Working with the OPC’s previously announced architects, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and InterActive Design Architects, a team comprised of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), Site Design Group, and Living Habitats will serve as the project’s landscape architects. More

Obama Foundation Announces David Simas as Chief Executive Officer

December 19, 2016 5:20 PM

Today, the Obama Foundation announced David Simas as Chief Executive Officer. Simas will join the Obama Foundation leadership team, including Chairman Marty Nesbitt and Executive Director Robbin Cohen, to lead the Foundation’s work to create the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. More

Obama Foundation Announces Addition of Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of Directors

November 22, 2016 12:00 PM

Today, the Obama Foundation announced that Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts and a Managing Director of Bain Capital, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors. More

Obama Foundation Announces Establishment of Inclusion Council

October 11, 2016 3:01 PM

Today, the Obama Foundation announced the creation of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council. The mission of the new Council is to ensure that the ongoing… More

Statement by President Barack Obama on the Site of the Obama Presidential Center

July 29, 2016 3:15 PM

Statement by President Barack Obama More

Obama Foundation Announces Jackson Park as Site of the Obama Presidential Center

July 29, 2016 2:54 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park will be the site of the Obama Presidential Center. The Center will be located in the heart of the South Side, which has been the home to the First Family for many years. More

The Obama Foundation Announces Architect Selection for Future Presidential Center

June 30, 2016 1:15 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has selected the architectural team of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) and… More

Obama Foundation Files Form 990 for 2015 Tax Year

May 18, 2016 11:40 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Obama Foundation announced that it has filed its Form 990 for the 2015 tax year. A copy of the 990 and the Foundation’s independent… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Announces New Additions to the Board of Directors

April 21, 2016 10:59 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Barack Obama Foundation announced that John Rogers, Michael Sacks and Robert Wolf will join the Foundation’s Board of Directors, effective… More

Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Seven Potential Architects for the Future Presidential Center

December 21, 2015 9:43 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms, one of which will ultimately be selected… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Announces Hire of Michael Strautmanis Vice President of Civic Engagement

November 23, 2015 3:00 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation announced that it is hiring Michael A. Strautmanis as Vice President of Civic Engagement. Strautmanis, a native… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Board Chair Martin Nesbitt Delivers Remarks to the City Club of Chicago

November 10, 2015 2:44 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation Board Chair Martin Nesbitt spoke to an assembled crowd at the City Club of Chicago, discussing the… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Receives 140 Responses to its Request for Qualifications

September 18, 2015 3:18 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation announced that 140 architecture firms submitted responses to The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications, marking the next step… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications for Architects

August 26, 2015 11:00 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Announces New Additions to the Board of Directors

July 30, 2015 3:24 PM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Barack Obama Foundation announced that John Doerr, Thelma Golden and Julianna Smoot will join the Foundation’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. More

Obama Foundation Files Form 990 for 2014 Tax Year

May 18, 2015 11:32 AM

Chicago, IL – Today, the Barack Obama Foundation announced that it has filed its Form 990 for the 2014 tax year. A copy of the 990 and… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Selects Chicago as Home for Future Barack Obama Presidential Center

May 12, 2015 10:20 AM

Chicago, IL – The Barack Obama Foundation announced today that the future Barack Obama Presidential Center – which will include the library, museum, as well as… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Receives Final Presidential Center Proposals

December 11, 2014 12:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation received final proposals for the future Barack Obama Presidential Center from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois… More

Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of Future Presidential Library

September 15, 2014 12:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia… More

Statement on Responses to the Barack Obama Foundation’s Request for Qualifications

June 17, 2014 12:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Martin Nesbitt, Chair of The Barack Obama Foundation made the following statement regarding responses to the Foundation’s Request for Qualifications: “We appreciate the time,… More

The Barack Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications

March 20, 2014 12:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), soliciting responses from institutions and other parties interested in hosting President Obama’s… More

Supporters Establish the Obama Foundation to Oversee Planning for Future Presidential Library

January 31, 2014 12:00 PM

Washington, D.C. – Three longtime supporters of President Barack Obama, Martin Nesbitt, J. Kevin Poorman, and Julianna Smoot, today announced the formation of The Barack Obama… More

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