June 26, 2019
 
Ann Lisi to Retire from Greater Worcester Comm. Foundation

Ann Lisi
January 10, 2019 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation in Worcester yesterday announced that Ann Lisi, its president and chief executive officer, who has led the organization for 26 years, will retire in June.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) said a search committee has been formed to identify the next CEO.

GWCF board chair Gerald Gates, noted in an email message, “Ann has expanded the foundation’s leadership role on behalf of nonprofits, enhanced donor engagement, and pioneered initiatives that will have a lasting impact on our community. Thanks to Ann's guidance, the foundation is in a strong position on all major fronts - we're ready to face the transition ahead.”

Lisi joined the foundation in 1989 as program officer and was appointed executive director in 1992. Under her leadership, its assets grew from $24 million to $157 million as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Today, GWCF manages 600 named funds that award $7 million to $8 million annually to nonprofits.

Signature efforts under Lisi's leadership have been programs in nonprofit management; diversity and leadership development; arts and creativity; environmental stewardship; children, youth, and families; and civic engagement.

“I love this work,” Lisi said. “It has been my greatest honor to serve the community through the unique vantage point of GWCF. The people who are engaged in community building—nonprofit leaders, community activists, donors from all walks of life, and colleagues across the country—bring an astonishing array of talent. Their commitment and creative spirit are what holds our communities together, no matter what stresses we encounter.”

Last summer, the Worcester Business Journal named Lisi to its Power 50 list.

Asked what advice she would give to "up-and-comers," she was quoted, "Love your community, and it will love you back. Connect with others to make a difference. Be curious, listen, and share your knowledge. Make your voice heard and help to elevate the voices of others who are not being heard."

Established in 1975, GWCF has awarded more than $110 million to cultural educational, human service and civic organizations.

GWCF is one of 15 community foundations in Massachusetts.

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