Katrina Fund Director Quits
Jul 14 7:20 PM US/Eastern
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Associated Press Writer


The head of a Katrina charity established by former Presidents Bush and Clinton resigned Friday under duress, a day after the exodus of seven members of one of its committees.

In a statement, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund announced that "in the best interests of the mission of The Fund," its executive director, Mary Ann Wyrsch agreed to step down.

Her resignation comes after the abrupt departure of seven out of nine religious leaders serving on a committee charged with disbursing $20 million to hurricane-damaged churches. The departing committee members said they were upset with how they had been treated by the charity's Washington staff. They claim the staff repeatedly undermined their grant-making decisions, sending money to churches without properly investigating theml