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Cantwell Selected to Head the NCCCO Foundation

Thomas (T.J.) Cantwell
Thomas (T.J.) Cantwell
FAIRFAX, VA — Thomas (T.J.) Cantwell has been named Executive Director of the NCCCO Foundation. He will take over from current Chief Executive, Graham Brent.

Cantwell is currently Administrator (Executive Director) of the Physical Therapy Compact Commission headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. He brings to the foundation more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience. Cantwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and history from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy from American University.

“T.J. was selected from an exceptionally strong field of candidates,” said NCCCO Foundation President, Garry Higdem, who chaired the Executive Search Committee. “We are confident that his passion for education, workforce development, and veterans transition issues, along with his extensive national nonprofit management background, will serve the foundation well in its pursuit of its stated safety and education goals.”

“T.J. is exactly the experienced and highly self-motivated individual we were looking for,” Brent said. “And his demonstrated expertise in developing industry outreach and forging strategic alliances with national organizations will be extremely valuable in furthering the foundation’s mission in its advocacy for safety education and access by youth, military personnel, and underserved communities to the crane and rigging and associated industries.”

It was also clear, Brent noted, that Cantwell’s experience with nonprofit organizations engaged in activities as diverse as building materials supply, transportation, and disaster relief had impressed upon him the value in following safety procedures and adopting best workplace practices.

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