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Leadership Transition Moves Forward
By Terry Medina / February 9, 2017

Yes, we’re on track with our CEO transition, using our succession plan to guide us.

As shared on our news page, we retained the firm Carlson Beck to find our next CEO.

The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, specializes in recruiting top notch leaders for philanthropy and nonprofits. Going forward, they’ll manage all aspects of the search, advising and working with us throughout the year.

Right now, much of the heavy lifting is being done by our search committee.

As Marilyn Calciano, our board vice president and search committee chair said, "We looked far and wide for a qualified search firm, sending out over 20 requests for proposals.”

In selecting a search firm, we talked with our community foundation colleagues and drew from research we did to prepare for this day.

Other board members working with Marilyn on the committee are: Freny Cooper, Larry Donatoni, David Doolin, Janet Heien and Carlos Palacios. Three people not currently on our board also sit on the committee: Dina Hoffman, Martina O’Sullivan and Jess Brown. The committee is staffed by Sue Farrar, our CFO and administration director.

Together they are a formidable, experienced group that knows all parts of our county, the workings of the Community Foundation and the larger world of philanthropy and nonprofits.

I feel good about where we are today. We have a strong team. We’re operating on full-power and looking realistically to the future.

As the process unfolds, we’ll share information, including the job description, as it becomes available.

I also ask that all inquiries about the position and search for candidates go directly to Carlson Beck. For other comments or feedback use the comment field below. 

More to come!


Terry MedinaTerry Medina is board president of the Community Foundation, and a member for the past eight years. The retired police chief for the City of Watsonville, he is a partner and consultant for Belcher, Ehle, Medina and Associates. He supports and gives to many local nonprofits.

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