In its search for a new leader, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has contracted Kittleman & Associates. Kittleman is the nation’s first executive search firm to provide recruitment services exclusively for nonprofit organizations.
Kittleman’s efforts are largely comprised of searches for executive directors, presidents and CEOs of nonprofit organizations across the country, representing 95% of its practice. In the past two years of Kittleman’s CEO placements, 58% have been women and 40% have been people of color. The Kittleman team working with the Community Foundation will be led by Cory King, President & CEO.
The Community Foundation’s leadership transition process is led by its Board of Trustees. The search committee, led by former Board chairs Carlos Sanchez and Kathleen Vogelsang, has been established and is made up of former and current trustees and volunteers.
“In our review of potential partners for this Leadership Transition, Kittleman’s strong track record and intentionality on diversity, equity and inclusion stood out,” said Kathleen Vogelsang, Chief Investment Officer, Van Andel Institute and Chair of the Search Committee. “Their team takes a thoughtful approach to partner engagement and onboarding, helping ensure the success of candidates. Our goal is to find the next leader for the Community Foundation and we are confident Kittleman is the best partner to help us do that.”
To develop the position profile and assess the leadership skills and experience the position requires, Kittleman will connect with constituents, including staff and volunteer and donor partners. Individuals from a wide range of professional and personal backgrounds and lived experiences will be considered for the position.
In February 2023, the Community Foundation announced current president Diana R. Sieger’s upcoming retirement. Sieger has served in the role since 1987. Updates about the leadership transition can be found at GRFoundation.org/Careers.