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The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has commenced a search for their next President and CEO. The Foundation seeks a President and CEO to set an inspiring and sustainable course for the Foundation’s future as it grows in stature, reach, and impact in one of New England’s most vibrant and evolving cities.
The new President and CEO must be a strategic thinker, creative risk-taker, persuasive communicator, seasoned and decisive manager, capable fundraiser, and excellent relationship builder. Candidates may come from a philanthropic, nonprofit, public sector, higher education, or business background; preferably with experience spanning sectors. Experience and active networks in the Greater Worcester area are not required. An understanding of how nonprofits operate is important, and experience working with and/or answering to an engaged governing board is preferred.
The Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next President and CEO. Please direct all nominations, inquiries and application materials in confidence to the search firm at https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S6-913.
Full position profile can be viewed here.
The Foundation is pleased to announce Barbara Fields has been chosen to be its next President and CEO. Fields succeeds Ann T. Lisi, who is stepping down at the end of June after 30 years with the organization. The nation-wide search was facilitated by Rebecca Swartz, Partner with Isaacson, Miller.
“I am honored and grateful to the Board for the opportunity to lead this great organization,” Fields said. “Worcester’s recent successes and surging momentum have been exciting to watch. As President and CEO, I look forward to developing new strategies to build on this momentum and meet the varied needs of an ever-changing population. We will expand our impact in the community, strengthen GWCF’s local partnerships and together, further the Foundation’s mission of enhancing Worcester in perpetuity.”
Prior to her most recent leadership post at RIHousing, Fields served for 20 years as the founding Executive Director of the Rhode Island office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national leader in community development. During her tenure, a decade of investment in community-based organizations led to the creation of a nationally recognized community-police partnership in Providence. LISC also provided crucial support for the building of 6,500 affordable homes for Rhode Island families, the construction of nearly 1 million square feet of community space for small businesses and child care space for several thousand children.
Her work with LISC led to a Presidential appointment in the Obama Administration as the New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At HUD, Fields’ priorities included investing in neighborhoods, transit oriented development and supporting community leadership. She led six field offices and represented the Department as the liaison to mayors, state and local officials, members of Congress, private and non-profit developers and the news media.
As CEO and Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing (RIHousing) for the past four years, Fields led the State’s effort to invest hundreds of millions of dollars annually into the Rhode Island economy, financing the development of housing and funding mortgages for first-time home buyers. Fields also oversaw federal tax credit programs and expanded loan servicing operations while RIHousing achieved its highest mortgage volume in over 20 years. She was recently recognized by Grow Smart Rhode Island as the 2019 Outstanding Smart Growth Leader for her 25 years as a community leader.
Fields holds degrees from Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She plans to move from Rhode Island to Worcester to fully integrate herself into the region which the Foundation serves.
“The Board has spent many months finding a dynamic transformational leader to steer the Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s future course,” said Carolyn Stempler, who was recently elected as the first African-American woman to become GWCF’s Chair of the Board. “Barbara’s proven track record in building strong communities and leading economic development efforts positions her to lead the Foundation to future growth, and with it, a better, greater Worcester.”
Ann T. Lisi, President & CEO of Greater Worcester Community Foundation, will be retiring on June 30, 2019, after 30 years with the foundation. A search committee has been formed to identify the next CEO.
The transition was announced to the membership in October by Gerald M. Gates, Chair of the Board, who wrote, “Ann has expanded the Foundation’s leadership role on behalf of nonprofits, enhanced donor engagement, and pioneered initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our community. Thanks to Ann's guidance, the Foundation is in a strong position on all major fronts - we're ready to face the transition ahead.”
Lisi originally joined the organization in 1989 as program officer and was appointed executive director in 1992. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown from $24 million to over $155 million with more than 550 named funds that award $7-8 million annually to nonprofits. Signature efforts under her leadership have been programs in nonprofit management; diversity and leadership development; arts and creativity; environmental stewardship; children, youth, and families; and civic engagement.
“I love this work,” Lisi said. “It has been my greatest honor to serve the community through the unique vantage point of GWCF. The people who are engaged in community building - nonprofit leaders, community activists, donors from all walks of life, and colleagues across the country - bring an astonishing array of talent. Their commitment and creative spirit are what holds our communities together, no matter what stresses we encounter.”
The search is being handled by Rebecca Swartz of Isaacson Miller. Candidate outreach is expected to commence in February. For more information, visit www.greaterworcester.org.
January 9, 2019
Greater Worcester Community Foundation is seeking a Donor Services Associate to join their team. Under the guidance of the Vice President of Donor Services and the Donor Services Officer, the successful candidate will be primarily responsible for providing administrative support for donor relations, marketing, and the scholarship program. This is a full-time position, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Interested candidates please click here to submit a cover letter and resume.
Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30PM when Al from 90.5 WICN speaks with Ann Lisi, President and CEO of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation about our recent milestone!
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