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Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO elected to the ACF Board

The Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO to the board. She was elected during the board’s January meeting. Michele Halyard is a senior leader with experience in navigating organizational complexities and delivering strategic outcomes. Dr. Halyard brings over 30 years in healthcare practice, medical education, research, and healthcare strategy.…
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Deanna Salazar and Curtiss Smith elected to the ACF Board of Directors

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Deanna Salazar and Curtiss Smith to the board. These two new board members were elected during the board’s November meeting. “These individuals bring a significant amount of experience in all facets of business and philanthropy, including legal, healthcare, banking, board governance, human resources, and the nonprofit…
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Monica Brown named Chief People Officer

The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that Monica Brown will join ACF as its first Chief People Officer beginning January 16, 2024.  Brown comes to ACF after serving as The Cleveland Foundation’s Vice President, Human Resources, Building Operations & Guest Services. Monica spent over 16 years at The Cleveland Foundation (TCF) and,…
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Updated Report Provides Solutions to Improve Arizona’s Teacher Labor Market

The Arizona Community Foundation has partnered with the Steele Foundation to release an updated “Strengthening and Supporting the Teaching Job in Arizona” report, which provides an in-depth data analysis and policy scan of the labor market for educators in Arizona. This report builds on the findings of the 2018 report “Arizona State Funding Project: Addressing…
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Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy awards $432,750

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it has granted $432,750 to 35 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ people across Arizona. “We are proud to have this opportunity to invest in organizations that are actively engaged in work that supports the Center’s mission to advance justice and…
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$115.8 million distributed to communities in fiscal ’23

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors and partners are pleased to announce grant, scholarship, small business relief, and loan distributions for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. A total of $115,797,418 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona,…
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Leezie Kim elected Chair of the ACF Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Arizona Community Foundation has elected as chair Leezie Kim. Kim succeeds Robbin Coulon, Director of Legal Services for the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, who served as chair since 2021. A member of the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors since 2012, Kim served as vice chair, and…
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ACF welcomes Anna María Chávez as next President and CEO

Leader returns to Arizona with a background in nonprofit leadership, advocacy for youth and seniors, governmental relations, and education, to advance ACF’s mission to grow philanthropy. ACF’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Anna Maria Chávez as its next President and CEO. Chávez will join ACF in February 2023 following a…
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Two new hires join program & community engagement team

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce Sarah Liguori and Nicolas de la Fuente joined its program and community engagement team. Liguori, who started October 11, is the Senior Director of Impact Investing, while de la Fuente joined ACF as a Community Program Officer, specializing in place-based initiatives, part-time, on September 26,. He will…
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Steven A. Betts elected to ACF Board of Directors

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors elected Steven A. Betts to the board. Betts was elected during the board’s September meeting and began his term immediately. ACF Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times. Betts is Managing Director of Development for Holualoa Companies, which is a prominent portfolio of commercial properties…
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ACF announces key leadership promotions

ACF is pleased to announce the promotions of two current team members, along with additional organizational changes. Angie Laskarides, MA, CAP was named Senior Regional Director and continues to lead ACF of Cochise and ACF of the Gila Valley. In this role, she will continue to oversee the two distinct regions that span a third of…
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Amber Ramirez, Anne Medina-Doak to augment ACF’s complex asset, policy and public affairs teams

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce Amber Ramirez and Anne Medina-Doak joined the team as of July 2022. Ramirez is a Senior Philanthropic Advisor, while Medina-Doak is the Director of Policy & Public Affairs. Amber Ramirez joined ACF on July 1 as a key member of the development & donor engagement team and will…