Interim Leadership for CFW
February 11 2019

A Note from Chicago Foundation for Women Board Chair Patricia Costello Slovak:

As you may know, after eight years of wonderful leadership, K. Sujata will be stepping down from her role as President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), effective March 15, 2019. Sujata has taken CFW to the next level as a change agent and a thought leader on issues of gender equity, greatly expanding our impact as a funder and an advocate. We will miss Sujata, but we know that her next role will be just as impactful.

CFW’s Board of Directors has begun the search for a new President and CEO, retaining Koya Leadership Partners. Koya is a leading national executive search firm with a strong Chicago presence and deep experience leading mission-driven President and CEO searches for organizations like ours. The Koya team has worked with our stakeholders to develop the position profile and will launch the search officially this week.

We are committed to finding the best possible leader for our next chapter at CFW. We know that this will be a thorough process and may take some time. Until Sujata’s successor is in place, we are delighted to announce that CFW co-founder Sunny Fischer has agreed to serve as the Foundation’s Interim President and CEO. In addition to guiding CFW’s vision in its earliest years, Sunny has considerable experience leading nonprofits and foundations, including as Executive Director of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for over two decades. Sunny has remained a strong and active supporter of CFW throughout the years, so we are especially grateful for her willingness to guide the organization through this interim period. Sunny will be on board beginning February 25, so she will have a few weeks to spend with Sujata before her departure.

We are excited about CFW’s future and our opportunity to have an even greater impact on the lives of women and girls in our region. Our mission has never been more critical, and we are grateful for the continued support of our community.

Please find the Chicago Foundation for Women President & CEO Position Profile here.

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