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March 16, 2023

Executive Compensation at Pew Charitable Trusts

by Anne Paddock

The Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT) was established by the Pew family as a “global public policy change agent” and was changed from a status of private foundation to tax-exempt, non-profit in 2004 which allows the organization to raise funds freely and devote up to 5% of annual expenditures to lobbying the public sector.  Although PCT is “non-partisan,” the founders were conservative.

PCT appears to be involved in two major processes:  making grants and supporting the staff who manage the organization and related organizations.

There are 10 members of the governing body, 9 of whom are independent; 7 of whom share the Pew name. Net assets were $1 billion at year-end.

In 2021, PCT reported total revenue of $343 million  most of which came from related organization s(and primarily from the Pew Memorial Trust).

Expenses totaled $341 million (not including $7 million in depreciation) with the largest expenses reported to be grants ($148 million) and compensation ($140 million).

1,056 employees received $140 million in compensation (an average compensation of $133,000 although only 395 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation.  The 14 most highly compensated employees were reported to be:

  • $1,312,415:  Rebecca W Rimel, Senior Advisor (Former President and CEO)
  • $  878,638:  Susan K Urahn, President and CEO
  • $  568,322:  Linda Bartlett, SVP, Finance and CFO
  • $  561,296:  Sally A O’Brien, Senior Advisor (until 12/20)
  • $  516,571:  R James G McMillan, SVP, General Counsel, Corp Sect’y
  • $  514,425:  Melissa Skolfield, EVP, External Affairs
  • $  446,703:  Tamera Luzzatto, SVP, Gov’t Relations
  • $  414,890:  Thomas Dillon, SVP, Environment
  • $  412,174:  Michael Thompson, SVP, Gov’t Performance
  • $  371,529:  Thomas Wethan, VP, Environment
  • $  361,784:  Lester Baxter, VP, Strategy
  • $  354,002:  Michael Caudell-Feagan, EVP, Chief Program Officer (beg 4/20)
  • $  296,181:  Sarah Senno, VP, Finance and Treasurer
  • $  251,514:  Janice Bogash, SVP, Chief Admin Officer (until 1/20)

8 of the 14  (57%) most highly compensated employees are female while 6 of the 14 (43%) are male.

101 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 5 most highly compensated reported to be:

  • $1.9 million:  Ogilvy PR Worldwide, of NY, NY for communications consulting
  • $1.7 million:  Berlin Rosen, of NY, NY for coalition building and policy consulting
  • $1.4 million:  Grassroots Solutions, of Minneapolis, MN for coalition building and policy consulting
  • $1.1 million:  Velir Studios, of Somerville, MA for website services
  • $1.1 million:  Sierra-Cedar, of Alpharetta, GA for software services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2020 for the year ending June 30, 2021), click here.

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