TechForce Foundation and Tacoma-based America’s Automotive Trust have merged to operate under one shared vision, streamline cost efficiencies, and make a greater impact on the automotive industry.

Leading the new group is nonprofit management veteran Jennifer Maher, who has been named CEO of the entities. Maher assumed her new post on Aug. 1, serving as CEO for America’s Automotive Trust and its partnering service organizations, RPM Foundation and LeMay — America’s Car Museum. Maher has a 27-year career in nonprofit management, corporate strategic alliances, fundraising, membership, marketing, and communications, having served on the national staff for Make-A-Wish America, YMCA of the USA, and The Nature Conservancy.

She succeeds David Madeira, as he retires after 17 years with the organization. Madeira remains vice chairman of America’s Automotive Trust’s board of directors and now also serves on TechForce’s board of directors. Barry Fodor, a current director of TechForce Foundation, has joined America’s Automotive Trust’s board of directors.

“The strategic alliance is designed to achieve three primary objectives — unite complimentary goals under a single unified vision, streamline cost efficiencies, and concentrate those efficiencies on providing a greater impact on the missions set forth by TechForce and America’s Automotive Trust,” said Maher. “I’m both honored and excited to be leading this innovative collaboration.”