CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


2016 ELI Classes

Are you a CEO or VP interested in learning more about this year-long program focusing exclusively on community leadership?

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In 2016, CFLeads launched two Executive Leadership Institute classes by welcoming 12 community foundation CEOs and 13 VPs.

Here's what they said about their experience:

"The entire two day session was terrific!"
"Hugely worth the investment."
"My brain is full of things to take away and implement."
"Tremendous knowledge in the room."

ELI for CEOs - Class of 2016

Fred Blackwell
The San Francisco Foundation

Cecilia Clarke
Brooklyn Community Foundation

Alicia Dicks*
The Community Foundation of
Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Maryam Elahi
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Shari Harrell
Community Foundation of the
Mahoning Valley

Ellen Katz*
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Tony Mestres
Seattle Foundation

*Not pictured
Jeffrey Pickering
Indian River Community Foundation

Geeta Pradhan
Cambridge Community Foundation

Tracy Hamilton Souza
Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

Clay Stribling
Amarillo Area Foundation

Katie Allan Zobel
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

ELI for CEOs Special Advisors:
Lew Feldstein, retired CEO from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and Doug Jansson, retired CEO from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

 ELI for VPs - Class of 2016

Judith Bell
Vice President of Programs
The San Francisco Foundation

Betsy Constantine
Vice President, Giving Strategies
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Kathryn Dunn
Vice President, Community Investment
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Luz María Frías
Vice President, Community Impact
The Minneapolis Foundation

Susan Hallett
Vice President, Programs
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

Margaret Katz
Director of Philanthropic Services
The Community Foundation Serving
Boulder County

Morgan McMillan
Executive Director, Entrepreneurs
Foundation of Colorado;
Civic Forum Director, The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
Isaiah Oliver
Vice President of Community Impact
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Lisa Pratt O'Mara
Vice President, Philanthropic Services
The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

A.J. Pietrantone
Vice President for Finance & Administration
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Amy Seto
Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

Baltimore Community Foundation

Nancy von Euler
Vice President of Programs
Fairfield County's Community Foundation

Katharyn Wiegand
Vice President of Community Investment
Amarillo Area Foundation

ELI for VPs Special Advisors:
Doug Jansson, retired CEO from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and Kathy Merchant, retired CEO from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation