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Ellen M. Katz named new GCF President/CEO

The Governing Board of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation announced March 4, 2015, that it has appointed Ellen M. Katz as its next President/CEO. She will succeed Kathryn E. Merchant, who will retire in May after 18 years at the helm of the $500+ million foundation serving the Tristate region.
Ellen Katz

CINCINNATI (March 4, 2015) - The Governing Board of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) announced today that it has appointed Ellen M. Katz as its next President/CEO. She will succeed Kathryn E. Merchant, who will retire in May after 18 years at the helm of the $500+ million foundation serving the Tristate region.

Katz is known as a dynamic nonprofit sector leader who guides organizations and initiatives with passion and a keen business sense. Ellen holds an MA in Psychology from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University. As President & CEO of The Children's Home of Cincinnati since 2005, Ellen provided leadership for the effective operation of a $20 million organization of 270 staff, who offer services to nearly 7,000 children and their family members per year.

Dianne Rosenberg, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board and the search committee said, “Ellen is a seasoned and proven leader as demonstrated in her executive leadership of The Children's Home during her 10-year tenure as CEO. Her ability to anticipate and champion organizational and community imperatives holds great promise for GCF and for Greater Cincinnati’s regional priorities.”

Ellen also contributes to the community at large, volunteering her time and applying her strengths to a variety of organizations and causes. She currently serves on the board of Bethesda Inc. and chairs its Grants Committee, and serves on the board of TriHealth. In 2004, Cincinnati Business Courier recognized her many achievements by naming her to its “Forty Under 40” list. She is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXIX, was recognized by Cincinnati Woman in 2007 as one of six “Women to Watch,” and was a finalist for the 2008 Athena Award. In 2012, Ellen received Medical Mutual's Pillar Award for Executive Director of the Year, and she was named Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Woman of the Year (Nonprofit) for 2013. She was listed as one of the region's Power 100 by Cincy Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

“For Ellen, this is both a wonderful opportunity and a great affirmation of her abilities and accomplishments,” said Michael Coombe. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Home. “It is also a testament to the dedication and commitment of the entire staff of The Children’s Home through their work to create amazing stories daily by transforming the lives of our clients.”

The committee conducting the national search included members of the GCF Governing Board, civic leaders, and former Governing Board chairs. GCF, one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. with a national reputation for innovation, had a record year in 2014:

  • Donors made more than $76 million in gifts to GCF funds; the highest in its 51-year history.
  • The Foundation was able to distribute $77 million in grants in 2014 to nonprofit organizations in our region and other areas donors call home.
  • At the end of 2014, GCF had net assets of $542 million, putting it among the largest community foundations in the United States.

Rosenberg added, “We thank Kathy for her tremendous leadership over the past 18 years. She was very thoughtful in giving our selection committee ample time to find a visionary leader. Because of Kathy’s leadership, GCF will continue to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.”

About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation inspires current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. GCF has served eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana since 1963 with effective stewardship and strong leadership.

About The Children's Home of Cincinnati
Incorporated in 1864, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati transforms the lives of vulnerable children by caring for their mental, physical and social well-being through education programs and treatment services. Last fiscal year, more than 6,500 individuals were positively impacted through these services.

 



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