July 21, 2011

Alcoa Foundation Elects Four New Board Members

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., announced today that it has elected four new members to its board of directors.

  • Raymond B. Mitchell, Vice President, Alcoa and President, Alcoa Power and Propulsion
  • Tim D. Myers, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
  • William J. O'Rourke, Vice President, Alcoa, Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety
  • Shannon Parks, Project Leader, Alcoa, Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology

“We are delighted to further diversify the Alcoa Foundation Board with leaders who bring a variety of experiences, expertise and networks that will contribute to our work around the environment and education,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “Ray, Tim, Bill and Shannon are dynamic individuals who demonstrate excellence in their respective fields as well as a profound commitment to their communities. We are proud that they are joining our Board.”

Biographical information follows: 

  • Raymond B. Mitchell
    Ray Mitchell is Vice President of Alcoa and President of Alcoa Power and Propulsion, a global leader in airfoil and structural investment castings for the aerospace, defense, energy and industrial markets. Its technology-leading products are used primarily in jet engines and industrial gas turbines. With 22 production facilities worldwide, Alcoa Power and Propulsion employs approximately 9,000 people. Ray is also a member of Alcoa’s Employee Relations Council, a leadership team that provides strategic guidance on employee relations matters throughout the company’s U.S. operations.

  • Tim D. Myers
    Tim Myers is President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products (AWTP), responsible for forged wheels and aluminum structures. This global business serves customers in the commercial vehicle, defense and automotive markets with products used in a range of applications including forged aluminum wheels, and niche products such as Dura-Bright® and Dura-Flange® wheels, LvL One™ truck wheels, Wheel Torque Solutions as well as other aluminum components. AWTP has operations in North America, Europe, Russia, South Africa, Australia and Japan.

  • William J. O'Rourke
    Bill O’Rourke is Vice President, Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety and is responsible for corporate EHS functions, remediation EHS services, and the Alcoa’s sustainability function. Over his career Bill held a number of positions including Vice President of Global Business Services, Chief Information Officer, Corporate Patent Counsel and President of Alcoa-Russia. Bill will officially retire from Alcoa August 31, but will continue his service on the Alcoa Foundation board.


  • Shannon L. Isovitsch Parks
    Shannon Parks, is Project Leader, Environmental Science & Sustainable Technology and leads sustainable water research and development projects at the Alcoa Technical Center (ATC). Dr. Parks’ current research focuses on the development of sustainable water treatment technologies such as constructed wetlands and natural media filtration. Over the last three years, she has been involved in the development of a Novel Ecological Water Treatment (NEWT) system using wetlands and bauxite residue. This project won Alcoa’s highest recognition – an Impact Award – and is currently being deployed in different areas of the world.

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$436 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2010 gave more than 720,000 service hours. Through the company’s signature Month of Service (October) program, Alcoa employees share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in our communities. In 2010, a record 49 percent of Alcoans took part in nearly 1,000 Month of Service events across 24 countries, reaching 59,000 children, serving 17,000 meals, planting 16,000 trees and supporting 3,000 nonprofit organizations. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please access www.alcoa.com/foundation.