I want to share some personal news with you. This summer, I will be joining the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as the Vice President for Programs, Philanthropy and Volunteerism. It is a wonderful recognition of the impact and innovation of our collective work at Washington Area Women’s Foundation. But, it is also a little bittersweet for me as I will miss the Washington community deeply.
My time with The Women’s Foundation has been a fantastic adventure. Working with so many terrific women and men has been an incredible privilege. The opportunity to play a role in creating a foundation that is committed to social change and investing in women and girls in the local community of Washington, D.C. has been a joy, and an experience I plan to take to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and keep in my heart always.
It is hard to leave The Women’s Foundation; however, the foundation is extremely well positioned with a robust grantmaking program, strong fiscal outlook, highly engaged and committed Board of Directors, talented staff and a diverse circle of donors and partners. When I reflect on the past six plus years, I do so with great pride and gratitude when I think about all we have accomplished together:
From the thousands of women whose lives have been changed, to our Board, staff, Grantee Partners and many donors and volunteers, The Women’s Foundation is in an ideal position to build on the success and impact we have achieved together.
The Board leadership of The Women’s Foundation has been and continues to be a core reason for our success. Moving forward, the Board is finalizing the formation of a search committee that will be co-chaired by founding board member Loribeth Weinstein and Rubie Coles, Associate Director of the Moriah Fund. As with all that we do, the search committee will be reflective of our community, and its members will be announced in the coming weeks. Marjorie Sims, our Chief Operating Officer and also a founding Board Member, will assume the role of Interim President upon my departure on June 12. Lastly, I am delighted to report that The Women’s Foundation will receive a generous leadership transition grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Your commitment, wisdom and generosity will continue to inspire and motivate me, and, more importantly, will continue to have a transformative impact on women and girls in our community.
We have come a very long way – and it would not have happened without you. It has truly been an honor and an adventure. Please stay in touch!
With warmest regards and heartfelt thanks,