CFLeads: Community Foundations Leading Change


2017 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 2017, we welcomed two new classes of the CFLeads Executive Leadership Institute. Nine community foundation CEOs and 12 VPs enthusiastically came together to push their thinking and their practice to increase their community impact.

Here's what they're saying about ELI:

"Thoughtful, purposeful leaders here to push the field forward. Great group! So much to learn!"

"An extraordinary experience for a newcomer to the philanthropic sector. I've already begun to receive valuable support from my exceptional peer group."

"The peer networking and coach's insight were invaluable."

"A thoughtful place to challenge ourselves, find common ground and build confidence in our work."

ELI for CEOs - Class of 2017

Jenny Amory
Brookline Community Foundation

Renee Johnston
Saginaw Community Foundation

Anne McEnany
International Community Foundation

Gerry Roll
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Laura Rossi
Westchester Community Foundation

William (Bill) Smith
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Tamara Tormohlen
Aspen Community Foundation

Bridget Wilkinson
Bozeman Area Community Foundation

Bill Wyman
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

ELI for CEOs Special Advisors:
Lew Feldstein, former President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Sterling Speirn, immediate past President and CEO of the Peninsula Community Foundation (now the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), The W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Stupski Foundation.

 ELI for VPs - Class of 2017

Kaberi Banerjee Murthy
Brooklyn Community Foundation

Ellen Carter
Connecticut Community Foundation

Kim Covington
Arizona Community Foundation

Sally Cross
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

Janet Daisley
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

Rick Deadwyler
Delaware Community Foundation

Lois Gabin-Legato
The Philadelphia Foundation

Brittney Gaspari
The Winston-Salem Foundation

Tim Larson
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Amy Manternach
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Frank Ridzi
Central New York Community Foundation

Erika Seth Davies
Baltimore Community Foundation

ELI for VPs Special Advisors:
Doug Jansson, former President of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and
Kathy Merchant, former President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation