Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors and staff welcome Audrey Haberman, managing partner of our consulting team, as our interim CEO.
A former Philanthropy Northwest board member and foundation executive, Audrey has led The Giving Practice since 2011. She is stepping into the role previously held by Jeff Clarke, who stepped down as CEO earlier this week.
"It's been my privilege to lead through what has been a period of significant transition to better position Philanthropy Northwest as an indispensable partner to philanthropy as it builds vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities," he said. "In reflecting on what we've accomplished together and what lies ahead, I've decided that it is a good time to step down in order to allow new leadership to build upon the significant momentum we now enjoy."
In his letter to Philanthropy Northwest members and partners, Board Chair David Bley, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Pacific Northwest Initiative, wished Jeff well and expressed the board's confidence in Audrey as she guides our ongoing programs, annual conference planning and 40th anniversary activities.
"As the search for a new leader commences, we remain committed as ever to Philanthropy Northwest's members and partners," he wrote. "Audrey and the rest of our staff will continue to partner with you to achieve our mission."
Audrey's career has included leadership roles at two Philanthropy Northwest member organizations: Women’s Funding Alliance from 1995 to 1998; Pride Foundation from 1998 to 2011. After serving on Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors for six years, she joined The Giving Practice, our nonprofit consulting arm, as managing partner in June 2011. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Mighigan.
At Philanthropy Northwest, Audrey works with foundations, funders and learning cohorts, helping them develop strategies, improve their governance and lead productive collaborations.
"I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead such a talented team working on so many innovative projects with our members and partners, locally, regionally and nationally," she said. "We look forward to continuing our work together — convening conversations, supporting shared learning and action, building cross-sector networks, incubating and activating ideas — in the months ahead.”
For more information, contact Nicole Neroulias Gupte, communications manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.