The Alaska Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Nina Kemppel as its new president and CEO, to join the foundation in mid-October.
"I am excited and honored to be joining such an incredible team," Kemppel said, in the official press release.
Kemppel's background includes serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum and as a principal at the Coraggio Group, a boutique strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from its Tuck School of Business. Prior to her business career, she had an international Nordic ski racing career spanning 13 years that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. She competed in four Olympic Winter Games and in 2002 skied to what was then the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman in the 30-km classical race. Kemppel has also won the Mount Marathon race nine times, eight consecutively. In 2009, she was elected to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
At ACF, she succeeds Candace Winkler, who accepted a position as president and CEO of The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Susan Behlke Foley, a longtime ACF Board Member and former Board Chair, has served as ACF's interim president and CEO during the transition.
In her new role, Kemppel will continue to build awareness of the foundation as a place where individuals, nonprofit agencies and other funders can create lasting change through charitable endowments. ACF currently manages $80 million in more than 315 funds for the benefit of Alaskans and grants $3 to $4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state.