FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2020
The East Bay Community Foundation Announces The Appointment Of Critical Organizational Roles
The Chief Financial Officer, and the Vice President of Community Investment and Partnerships will Aid in Fulfilling the Foundation’s Philanthropic Mission
Oakland, CA – September 17, 2020 – After an extensive year-long search for the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and the Vice President of Community Investment and Partnerships (CIP), the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) has filled both roles with ideal candidates. EBCF is proud to announce the appointment of Valerie Red-Horse Mohl as CFO, and Amy Fitzgerald as the VP of CIP. EBCF is confident that both appointees will continue to forge the equitable justice-focused mission and vision that EBCF has for the East Bay.
Due to the ongoing challenges that 2020 has posed, EBCF has stepped up to examine the deepened effects that systemic and structural disinvestments are causing in an already resource-strapped region, particularly within communities of color. “As we embark on this journey to ensure resilience for the communities we serve, I am confident that Valerie and Amy are the right additions to lead their respective teams towards the Foundation’s North Star, both fiscally and in partnership with the community,” said James W. Head, President & CEO of EBCF.
In the newly appointed CFO position, Valerie Red-Horse Mohl joins the Foundation with more than 25 years of in-depth experience in the financial services, and investment banking industry. During this time, Valerie utilized her unique background in the Native American tribal government sector to amplify her expertise in the financial field. “As a proud Native American, community is essential to my DNA. This is why I strive to embody the Cherokee principle of “Gadugi” [a good way for the benefit of all],” said Valerie. “I believe the work and mission of EBCF truly embodies this phrase, especially considering the transformative time the Foundation is currently undertaking.”
As a decorated Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Legacy of Leadership Award recipient, Red-Horse Mohl has raised, structured, and managed over $3 billion in capital and holds seven Financial Industry Regulatory Authority certifications. “I am delighted that Valerie has joined EBCF, said fundholder, Roslyn Payne of the Payne Family Fund. “I had the pleasure of working with Valerie during our days at the Social Venture Circle, where Valerie led the organization in creating a vibrant community committed to helping increase capital for social enterprises.” In addition to her professional accolades, Valerie serves as the Chair for the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity where she also teaches a course which prioritizes the intersection of business, racial equity, community impact and film as a socially conscious raising storytelling means.
On the programmatic side, Amy Fitzgerald has accepted the role of VP of CIP. Amy has a rich history of organizing within the East Bay and has been instrumental over the last three years in the role of Senior Program Officer at the Foundation. During this period, Amy oversaw the implementation of a robust grantmaking portfolio, which helped shift EBCF’s focus to community organizing, power-building, and empowering social movements.
This strategic thinking resulted in the identification of 18 Just East Bay partner grantees who were awarded nearly $700K from discretionary and quasi-endowed funds for both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations. “I am honored and humbled to lead an incredible team that is wholly committed to supporting grassroots leaders and organizations in the movement for racial, economic, and social justice,” said Amy Fitzgerald. Amy continues to exhibit a passion that encompasses what organizing is at heart, and as a result she was top of mind for the Foundation when it came time to fill the role.
Congratulations to both Valerie and Amy on their new roles. The Foundation looks forward to their contributions in advancing a Just East Bay.
Founded in 1928, and supported by over 400 local donors, the East Bay Community Foundation connects donors with community-led movements to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and create an inclusive, fair, and just East Bay. Recognized as 2019’s “Boldest Community Foundation” by Inside Philanthropy, EBCF is committed to ensuring that all members of our community are treated fairly, with equitable opportunity and outcomes. EBCF has charitable assets under management of over $800 million. For more information, visit ebcf.org.
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