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ACF announces key leadership promotions

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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 the state, serving donors, community members, and nonprofit organizations across southeast Arizona, including Tucson-area fundholders. Her previous title was Regional Director.

Since joining the foundation in 2015, Laskarides has turned the smallest ACF affiliate serving Graham and Greenlee counties into a growing and sustainable community resource. She also earned her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation which provides philanthropic leaders with a common body of knowledge to collaborate effectively with clients on legacy gift planning. Laskarides currently serves as president of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona and led the organization through a rebranding in 2020.

Prior to ACF, Laskarides served in various leadership positions for the American Red Cross and was a senior program coordinator for ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in public administration, both from Western Michigan University.

Jennifer Foley was promoted to Senior Director of Marketing & Communications. In this role, Foley will continue to play a significant role in leading the organization’s strategic and tactical marketing and communications efforts for ACF. Foley will continue to advance ACF’s brand and reputation through thoughtful storytelling about the communities the organization serves across the state.

Since joining the foundation in 2016, Foley has taken over leadership of ACF’s marketing and communications efforts including a complete brand refresh with new logos, colors, and messaging; five annual reports; a three-year impact assessment of donor relationships; and the development of internal communications standards. She is currently leading a total website redesign project that is set to launch this fall.

Prior to ACF, Foley had nearly 10 years of experience in nonprofit management having served as communication specialist for the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, an ACF supporting organization, and as manager of web development and information services for Harness Tracks of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media arts from the University of Arizona.

“We are invested in growing our leaders to keep pace with the complexity of our organization,” said Steve Seleznow, ACF President & CEO. “We continue to adapt to business changes and increase our leadership capacity following two consecutive years of record asset growth and grantmaking.”

These key promotions were made in addition to previously announced staffing changes including the promotion of Glenn Wike to Chief of Staff / Senior Vice President of Community Investment on April 1 and the addition of team members Amber Ramirez, who joined ACF on July 1 as Senior Philanthropic Advisor, and Anne Medina-Doak, who joined ACF on July 5 as Director, Policy & Public Affairs.

To address cross-training needs on the Community Investment team, Gregorio Montes de Oca has been promoted to Community Investment Manager.

Alexa Lopez recently transitioned from the administrative services team and has been promoted to Communications Coordinator, serving both the Brand & Impact and Program & Community Engagement teams.

In support of ACF’s continued investments in technology, Halea Rodriges was promoted to Salesforce Administrator I and Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer moved from the administrative services team to the newly-created role of Information Services Coordinator.

Two new team members have recently joined the financial services team to support ongoing high volume of transactions and reporting: Julie Romero joined the team on August 8 as a Senior Accountant and Luke Mattey started as Reporting & Compliance Manager on August 16.