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Ellen Katz Takes Helm As GCF's New Leader

Ellen M. Katz began her tenure as the new President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) on May 18, 2015.

Ellen KatzCINCINNATI (May 26, 2015) — Ellen M. Katz began her tenure as the new President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) on May 18. Katz succeeds Kathryn E. Merchant, who retired in May after 18 years with the Foundation. 

Katz previously served as the President & CEO of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Since 2005, she 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.

“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,” said Dianne Rosenberg, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board. “Her ability to anticipate and champion organizational and community imperatives holds great promise for GCF and for Greater Cincinnati’s regional priorities.”

Katz 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.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.