Earlier this fall, our former President and C.E.O., Miguel Santana transition into the role of President and C.E.O. of the California Community Foundation, one of our long-standing partners in philanthropy. At the time of his departure, the Board named Joanna Jackson, our VP of Programs, interim-C.E.O. and I am pleased to say that the transition has been a smooth one.
The Weingart Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to racial justice centering power building, strengthening communities and pursuing equitable and just systems in partnership with you.
Today I’d like to provide an update on the search process for the Weingart Foundation’s next CEO. We are committed to a search process guided by our core values of justice, equity, and service to community.
Our board has met multiple times since Miguel’s departure and after issuing an RFP and interviewing a number of firms, we have contracted with Koya Partners to manage the search on our behalf. We were impressed by their long-standing equity-informed practices, as well as their familiarity with Weingart having worked with us over the past few years. Michelle Bonoan, will be the lead partner for this search.
The board has challenged itself to a process that is inclusive and transparent. We will seek input from staff, grantee partners and community and that input will inform the final C.E.O. profile and how we identify and source candidates.
We pledge to communicate frequently and to share what we’re hearing along the way. We will take the time necessary to ensure we have listened intently, deliberated appropriately, and acted in the best interests of the Foundation. While the final decision lies with the board, we believe this comprehensive and inclusive approach aligns with our values and your expectations of us.
On behalf of the board of directors of the Weingart foundation I thank you for your partnership and look forward to engaging closely with you as we embark on this journey together.
Weingart Board Chair