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The Community Foundation Welcomes Michelle Decker as New President and CEO

Michelle DeckerThe Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Decker as its next President and CEO, following a national search.

Ms. Decker was selected for her passion, intellect and ability to lead the Foundation’s work of building enduring assets and improving the quality of life for all in our region. The Board and staff are truly excited about the Foundation’s future under her leadership.

Ms. Decker currently serves as CEO of Rural Action, a regional sustainable development nonprofit working to build a new, more just economy in Appalachian Ohio through leadership development, social enterprises, and environmental restoration.  For the last 27 years Decker has held leadership positions in community economic development and has specialized in rebuilding or constructing nonprofit development organizations in both urban and rural communities.

“We are delighted that Michelle has accepted the position as the next CEO of The Community Foundation,” said Sean Varner, Board Chair of The Community Foundation. “She is a respected and proven leader who has the skills and the passion to promote the Foundation’s mission of utilizing its resources to identify and address the needs of the communities we serve in the Inland Region of Southern California.”

Prior to Rural Action, Ms. Decker was the Executive Director of the Southeast Community Development Corporation, working to build healthy and diverse communities in Southeast Baltimore. She was also a co-founder of the Maryland Asset Building Community Development Network, a policy and communications group serving a broad nonprofit constituency. 

Ms. Decker comes to the Foundation after a thoughtful decision to live and work closer to family in Southern California. She has family members in Claremont, CA and will soon be joined by her husband and two children when they arrive in a few months.

Ms. Decker said the move to California also offered a new professional challenge that she was ready to embrace. “I’m thrilled to join The Community Foundation to improve life in our region and beyond. It’s truly an honor,” Ms. Decker said. “TCF has been a trusted partner here since 1941, and I look forward to working with the Board and staff to further its mission of strengthening Inland Southern California through philanthropy. I’m excited to get to know, and start working with the organizations and local leaders who want to see the people and communities of Inland Southern California thrive, and help TCF play its best role in that.”

Ms. Decker succeeds interim President and CEO, Paula Myles, who provided steady leadership during the Foundation’s time of transition and amazing growth. In late 2017, the Foundation surpassed $100 million in charitable assets, marking a major milestone that the Board and staff are truly proud of.

Ms. Myles will continue as TCF’s VP of Finance and Administration. Ms. Decker will begin her new duties on April 2.

Please join us in welcoming Michelle to the Foundation family. We are thrilled to have her on our team.

Looking forward to continuing a successful 2018!

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