Dodge Foundation names new CEO

(AP) - A New Jerseyan who challenged both major political parties by mounting a third-party candidacy for governor last year has been picked to head the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Chris Daggett was named Monday as the foundation's new president and CEO.He starts in mid-June and will succeed David Grant, who has led the foundation for 12 years. Daggett is an environmental consultant, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator and New Jersey environmental commissioner.

As an independent candidate in New Jersey's race for governor, Daggett raised enough money ($340,000) to qualify for public matching funds and for a spot in debates.

The Dodge Foundation was founded in 1974 by Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. It has awarded $382 million in grants; current assets total $238 million.

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