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One Fund hires executive director

One Fund Boston, the charity created to raise money for victims of the Marathon bombings, named its first executive director Thursday to oversee the organization’s evolution.

Lori van Dam, who has managed several businesses and nonprofits in the area, will administer disbursement this summer of millions dollars in aid to victims of the attack last April.

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The additional support will be distributed about a year after the organization provided $61 million to 230 victims.

The charity — founded by Thomas M. Menino, the former mayor, and Governor Deval Patrick in the immediate aftermath of the bombings — has since raised another $12 million.

One Fund hopes to raise significantly more as the anniversary of the attacks approaches.

Van Dam, a Newton resident who will earn a salary of $150,000 in the post, is a 1986 graduate of Swarthmore College who most recently served as president of CC Newco, a Boston-based au pair program designed to serve elderly residents.

Before that, she was president of PlanetTran, a company that provides chauffeured transportation in Boston and San Francisco using hybrid vehicles, and executive director of Mass Insight Global Partnerships, a business research and consulting firm.

Van Dam said she was honored to be selected. “The outpouring of love and dedication of all those who have volunteered their time and worked tirelessly to create and support this fund for survivors and their families is inspiring,” she said.

Van Dam will be one of three paid employees of One Fund Boston, including a full-time administrative assistant and a part-time employee who has overseen correspondence with victims and survivors.

David Abel can be reached at dabel@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @davabel.
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