Gerard Alexander was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2016. Gerard is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and a trustee of the Fairness Center.

Thomas E. Beach was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2015. Tom is founder and managing director of Beach Investment Counsel in West Conshohocken and a board member of DonorsTrust and the Reason Foundation.

John F. Bitzer III was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2016. John is President & CEO of ABARTA, Inc., a private, third-generation family holding company based in Pittsburgh, and a board member of several other for-profit and non-profit entities.

George G.H. Coates Jr. was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2015. George is a lifetime Philadelphian and entrepreneur in the wine and spirits industry and an active executive committee member of the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

Robert L. Ecklin Jr. was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2013. Rob is President of Stoner Inc., a manufacturing business located outside Lancaster, as well as spearheading Ecklin Development and Horsepower Enterprises.

Carl O. Helstrom III was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2016. Carl, a Pennsylvania native, is Executive Director of the JM and Milbank Foundations in Princeton, N.J., and chairs the board of State Policy Network.

Jane Leader Janeczek was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2012 and became Chair of the Board in 2016. Jane is an owner and director of Country Meadows Retirement Communities, a company started by her late parents, former governor and first lady George and Mary Jane Leader.

W. Kirk Liddell was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Foundation in 2011. Kirk is President & CEO of Irex Corporation in Lancaster and a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.