Recipient of the 2009 Compass Award:
Blanche Foster brings management experience from the consumer products industry to her role as Executive Director of Darfur Rehabilitation Project, Inc. (DRP) where she considers herself privileged to use her multifaceted skills set in service of Darfurians as they attempt to bring an end to their plight in Darfur while seeking reconciliation in all of Sudan. A life-long community activist, Ms. Foster has held positions that brought about long-term positive change. Included is her tenure as the Board President of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County, a program that helps homeless families. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the United Nations Assn.-NJ, for its Global Economy Project with Rutgers University, a member of the Coalition for Healthy Ports, Board Member of the Community Partnership of Union and Essex Counties also a member of the Presbyterian Globalization Committee. She serves on several coalitions affiliated with DRP, including The New Jersey Coalition Responds to the Crisis in Darfur, Sudan, of which DRP is a co-founder, and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. She participates in the activities of the United Nations Dept. of Public Information of which DRP is an associate member. Ms. Foster received the United Nations award, Millennium Development Goal: “Women’s Rights and Empowerment”. She was also the founder/editor of The Chariot, a music industry newsletter, circulated worldwide.