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Nancy Brinker
Nancy Brinker 2017.jpg
Brinker in 2017
WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control
Assumed office
May 26, 2009
Appointed byMargaret Chan
30th Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDonald Ensenat
Succeeded byCapricia Marshall
23rd United States Ambassador to Hungary
In office
September 26, 2001 – June 19, 2003
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byPeter Tufo
Succeeded byGeorge Herbert Walker III
Personal details
Born
Nancy Goodman

(1946-12-06) December 6, 1946 (age 75)
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Norman E. Brinker
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BA)

Nancy Goodman Brinker (born December 6, 1946) is the founder of The Promise Fund and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization named after her only sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer.[1] Brinker was also United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2007 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. Brinker, a breast cancer survivor, uses her experience to heighten understanding of the disease. In 2011 she was appointed to be a Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control by the World Health Organization.[2][3]

For her work on breast cancer research, Time magazine named Brinker to its 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[4] Calling her "a catalyst to ease suffering in the world," President Barack Obama honored Brinker with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on August 12, 2009.[5]

Early life

Brinker (née Goodman) was born to a Jewish family in Peoria, Illinois,[6] the daughter of Marvin L. and Eleanor (née Newman) Goodman. Her father was a commercial real-estate developer and her mother a housewife.[6][7] In 1968 she received a B.A. from the University of Illinois.[6] After school, she moved to Dallas, Texas and worked at Neiman Marcus as an assistant couture buyer. Thereafter she took various positions at other public relation firms before marrying Norman Brinker, the founder of the Steak and Ale, Bennigan's, and Chili's restaurant chains.[6]

Susan G. Komen

Brinker served as founding chairman of the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, supervising all aspects of initial growth. On December 2, 2009, Brinker was appointed CEO.[1] In late January 2012, a public turmoil arose around the Foundation's policy decision to stop funding most Planned Parenthood offices, resulting in an apology from Brinker and a revised policy by the first week of February 2012.[8] On June 17, 2013, Judith A. Salerno replaced Brinker as CEO.[9]

World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador

Brinker is currently serving as the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control. She was appointed by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on May 26, 2009.[10] She advocated for strengthening global action for cancer prevention and control in the context of the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2008. Her message emphasized the need for low- and middle-income countries to strengthen comprehensive and evidence-based cancer control policies and programs.[11]

Chief of Protocol

Brinker with President George W. Bush and Samia al-Amoudi in 2008
Brinker with President George W. Bush and Samia al-Amoudi in 2008

On October 7, 2008, Brinker hosted a symposium on "Breast Cancer Global Awareness" at the Blair House. First Lady Laura Bush joined the participants and the White House was illuminated in pink for the occasion.[12]

As Chief of Protocol, Brinker expanded the role of the office through outreach programs intended to foster better relationships with the Diplomatic Corps. The effort, known as Diplomatic Partnerships[13] involved over 60 events, including "Experience America", where the Diplomatic Corps traveled throughout the United States to meet with business and civic leaders.[14][15]

Ambassador to Hungary

Brinker served as United States Ambassador to Hungary from September 2001 to 2003.[16] For the first time, she held a conference on the trafficking and exploitation of workers that health ministers from the neighboring Balkan States attended. She also raised awareness about breast cancer among Hungarian women by leading a march over the Chain Bridge in Budapest. The bridge was illuminated in pink for the occasion.[17]

While ambassador, Brinker began to collect Hungarian art. Her collection spans 100 years, from just before the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the present and has been on display at several museums around the United States. The collection is one of the largest outside of Hungary.[18][19][20][21]

Hungarian President Ferenc Mádl decorated Brinker with the Order of Merit, Medium Class, Cross Adorned with Star, for her work in advancing bilateral relations and in recognition of her charity activities.[22][23]

The Promise Fund

The Promise Fund of Florida[24] was created by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Julie Fisher Cummings and Laurie Silvers in 2018. It was set up to address a lack of preventative diagnosis of breast cancer among women in South Florida.[25]

Other government service

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the National Cancer Advisory Board[26] and in 1990, President George H.W. Bush appointed her to chair the President's Cancer Panel and monitor the progress of the National Cancer Program.[26] In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle invited her to chair a subcommittee monitoring research, progress and development in the fight against breast cancer.[26]

Brinker was a bundler for George W. Bush when he was running for office, helping to organize and collect campaign contributions from other donors.[27] In 2000, she became a Pioneer, a member of his $100,000 Club.[28] And on December 24, 2008, President Bush appointed her to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a six-year term.[29]

She testified before the United States Democratic Policy Committee's Congressional Breast Cancer Forum and participated in the International Women's Forum.[30]

Awards

Brinker has received the following awards and titles:

Publications

Brinker has co-authored four books:

Brinker wrote the forewords for:

Personal

Nancy Goodman's first husband was Robert M. Leitstein, an executive at Neiman Marcus. They had one son together[7] but divorced in 1978.[7][57][full citation needed]

On February 13, 1981, Nancy Goodman wed Norman E. Brinker,[58] founder of Brinker International, which provided access to capital and influence and enabled her role in public service.[59][60] Norman Brinker provided funds and methodology for building the Komen foundation. The couple were major contributors to George W. Bush's first presidential campaign.[61][62] They divorced shortly after the 2000 U.S. Presidential election,[63] but Norman Brinker remained a board member of Komen for the Cure, having served on its board since its founding in 1982 until his death in 2009.[64]

Brinker is a major funder of gay marriage initiatives.[65][66][67][68][69] She serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvey Milk Foundation.[70]

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Diplomatic posts Preceded byPeter Tufo U.S. Ambassador to Hungary 2001–2003 Succeeded byGeorge Herbert Walker III