WESTPORT, Conn. -- Actress Jennifer Garner has joined the board of trustees for Westport's Save the Children.
Garner, Save the Children’s Artist Ambassador, has joined the board as a way of "deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and around the world," according to a press release. Garner is committed to a six-year term as one of 30 members of the board, according to the release.
Garner joins former ABC News president David Westin, former chairman of the Xerox Corp. Anne Mulcahy and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.
"As Artist Ambassador, Garner brought Save the Children’s early childhood development and literacy programs to her home state, West Virginia, where more than a quarter of children live below the poverty line," representatives said.
“Jennifer Garner brings not only star power but also a wealth of knowledge, experience and unmatched compassion to our organization,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “She is an avid advocate for early childhood education programs in the United States and we look forward to expanding her role within our organization.”
Garner has previously advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the organization and traveled to California’s Central Valley, Kentucky and West Virginia to see the effects of poverty first-hand, according to the release.
“In my new role with Save the Children, I hope to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children right here in America and around the world,” said Garner in the release. “All children, whether they are born into poverty or affluence, have the right to grow up healthy, learn and make something of their lives.”