Greater Cincinnati Foundation Names Matthew Randazzo as Next President and CEO

May 11, 2023

Cincinnati, OH (May 11, 2023) – Setting sights on its next level of impact, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has named Matthew Randazzo as its next president and CEO. Randazzo’s first day leading GCF will be Monday, July 17. Ellen Katz, GCF’s current president and CEO, announced last September that she would be leaving GCF this summer.

George Vincent, Chair of the GCF Governing Board, led a diverse search committee of six members that conducted a robust and inclusive national search. The search attracted interest from 128 strong candidates across the country. “I am truly excited for Matthew’s leadership of GCF,” said Vincent. “A proven leader of a large community foundation, he has spent his career advancing equity and inclusion and being a catalyst for growth, making him a great fit with GCF. We are confident that Matthew will build on GCF’s solid foundation and grow its impact on our community.”

Randazzo currently serves as president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation, a $570 million community foundation. During his tenure, the foundation realized historic growth in annual contributions, assets under management and grantmaking.

Prior to his time at The Dallas Foundation, Matthew spent 15 years working to advance educational equity and improve college readiness for students of color and those experiencing poverty. His roles included CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, founding president and CEO of Choose to Succeed and chief growth officer at IDEA Public Schools.

Randazzo was named to the 10th class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship – a select group of leaders from the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors dedicated to leading measurable improvements for children and families.

“Matthew’s deep commitment to, and positive track record on, advancing equity are aligned with GCF’s mission,” said Katz. “He has the heart and experience to advance GCF and grow its impact on our community.”

“GCF has a national reputation for game-changing impact,” said Randazzo. “It’s an exciting opportunity and tremendous honor to further its mission in the place I am excited to soon call home. I look forward to working with the talented GCF team, its generous donors and passionate partners to create a more equitable and vibrant region. My wife, Gitu, and I are very excited about returning to the Midwest to be closer to our loved ones in Ohio and Michigan. We want to raise our 8-year-old son near family and rooted in Midwestern values that will support his development.”

“GCF is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading community foundations,” added Vincent. “Under Ellen’s vision and direction, GCF experienced unsurpassed growth, transformed its culture, deepened its focus on equity and made a significant impact in our region. We’ve never been stronger and, for that, are deeply grateful. We are also confident in a smooth transition of leadership that will be seamless to our staff, donors and community partners.”


About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant and equitable region for everyone – now, and for generations to come.

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