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Coast Guard Foundation names new board chairman

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced that William E. Jenkins assumed the role of chairman of the board after being elected at a meeting of the directors and trustees on March 13.

Joining the Foundation's board in 2009, Jenkins served as treasurer and vice-chairman prior to being elected board chair. Jenkins is a director on the Board of American Bureau of Shipping, Inc., a trustee of Webb Institute, and was president and CEO of ExxonMobil affiliates providing worldwide shipping and marine transportation when he retired from ExxonMobil in 2012.

Jenkins is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a past member of the Secretary of Transportation’s Advisory Board for the United States Merchant Marine Academy and the Marine Board of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. He began his career in 1978 at Mobil Oil Corporation. Jenkins holds master's degrees in finance and safety management from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University.

“It is a privilege to serve as chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation and to continue the legacy of those who have held this position before me,” said William Jenkins. “In all of our activities we strive to do all we can to support the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. It is an honor to serve on this board and I am proud to work alongside the Foundation team to reach our goals.”

“We are thrilled to have Will take on the role of chairman,” said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “He has been a very active part of our board of directors and we look forward to the coming years under his leadership. His experience in corporate management and the maritime industry will be a huge benefit to the future of the Foundation.”

Jenkins replaces Robert J. Flynn, who passed away at the end of February.

To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation, or to help support its work, please visit or call (860) 535-0786.