Council on Foundations Announces New Members of Its Board of Directors

The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce the four new members of its board of directors, each of whom will serve for three years. Elected at the Council’s 2016 annual conference on April 11, Tonya Allen, the president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, Jamie Merisotis, the president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, Tony Mestres, the president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation, and R. Randall Royster, the president and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation, join the Council’s 17-member board.

Stephanie Bell-Rose, senior managing director and head of the TIAA Institute, will serve for a second three-year term.

“On behalf of the Council, I am delighted to welcome the new members of the board and thank all of our board members for their service,” said President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “The Council’s board of directors is representative of the diverse philanthropic sector, and our membership will benefit enormously from the addition of these four outstanding leaders with such varied expertise and experiences.”

Sherry Magill, Ph.D., the president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund continues to serve as the board’s chair and Javier Soto, the president and CEO of The Miami Foundation, as vice chair. Linda Evans, the president and CEO of the Meadows Foundation is the board secretary, Sherry Elise Ristau, the president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, is the assistant secretary, and Kenneth Jones, II, the vice president of finance and administration for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is the treasurer.

“Service on the Council on Foundations’ board of directors provides the opportunity to shape the philanthropic profession and to ensure a positive future of philanthropy,” said Sherry Magill. “I’m honored to serve with such tremendous leaders at an important time, not only for the Council but for the field more broadly.”

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About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.

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