Barbara Brown to Lead CFSA Programs and Initiatives

(Tucson, Ariz.—Dec. 20, 2012) — Barbara Brown returns to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) as the Vice President of Program Services and Community Initiatives beginning January 7, 2013. She was Senior Program Officer for CFSA from 2001-2007. Between CFSA positions, Barbara spent six years in the development department for Habitat for Humanity Tucson.

“We are pleased to welcome Barbara back,” said Clint Mabie, CFSA President and CEO. “During her previous tenure with the Foundation, she was instrumental in many initiatives, including the Alliance Fund and the Ford Foundation cross border initiative. She knows many of our donors and brings an understanding of community foundations and the importance of service excellence to the position.”

“Barbara’s knowledge of our Southern Arizona community will add to the Foundation’s ability to address our current and future needs,” said Don Luria, Chair, CFSA Community Investment Team, an all-volunteer committee that oversees the Foundation’s programs and community initiatives.

Barbara is currently enrolled at the University of Arizona, pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science, and she is a Reading Seed coach for Literacy Connects at Desert Winds Elementary School.

Prior professional positions include Executive Director of Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria in California, Senior Program Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation in California, Children’s Librarian at the Aldrich Public Library in Vermont, and various positions with the Vermont Girl Scout Council.

Current CFSA Vice President for Program Services and Community Initiatives Evan Mendelson is leaving CFSA January 15, 2013 to lead the David and Lura Lovell Foundation in Tucson. As Executive Director, she will oversee the Lovell Foundation’s grant making in mental illness, integrative medicine, and spiritual/cultural enrichment and philanthropic education in Tucson, Arizona; Toledo, Ohio; Eugene, Oregon; San Francisco, California and Hawaii.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, portions of each fund are used to make grants, scholarships and awards in accordance with each donor’s intentions. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. In fiscal year 2011-12, the Foundation’s endowment totaled $105 million, contributions were $7.5 million, and grants totaled $5.3 million.