Arlington, VA – The Council on Foundations announced today that Kisha Green Dimbo has been promoted to serve as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the organization. Previously, Dimbo was vice president, Member Services. Matthew Nelson, assistant vice president, Member Services, has been promoted to vice president, Member Services.
“These strategic promotions underscore the Council’s commitment to building an inclusive and visionary leadership team to achieve our goal of growing philanthropy,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO. “Kisha’s systems experience and collaborative leadership style will be critical in improving the organization’s infrastructure and service delivery. Matthew’s philanthropic expertise will further enhance the Council’s commitment to exceptional member service.”
Dimbo joined the Council in June 2010. She quickly established a track record of strengthening member relations, engaging volunteers and stakeholders, and maximizing systems, planning, and efficiency.
“Having seen firsthand the high level of professionalism and initiative displayed each day at the Council, I am excited to empower the staff to more effectively serve our membership,” said Dimbo. “I look forward to leveraging our members’ passion and the Council’s vision of a vibrant, growing, and responsible philanthropic sector.”
Prior to joining the Council, Dimbo was vice president of Marketing, Membership, and Sales for the American Association for Justice, where she orchestrated a turnaround of membership in the face of historically steep declines. Prior to that, she was vice president of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, where she launched member products, led annual convention planning and marketing in two consecutive years of record-breaking attendance, and expanded learning programs.
Dimbo holds an MBA in strategy and marketing from the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Nelson joined the Council on Foundations in 2007 as managing director of Corporate Services. In this capacity, he created Philanthropy Solutions: Promising Practices in Corporate Giving. The program included regional gatherings, teleconferences, “Solutions Briefs,” and the publication of Corporate Giving: Options and Strategies. Later, as assistant vice president for Member Services, Nelson oversaw Family Philanthropy Services, Corporate Services, Global Philanthropy, and Independent Services. Most recently his focus has been on Membership and Professional Development. In this role he has sought to create a new generation of programming aimed at CEOs, trustees, and global grantmaking. Nelson also serves as the Council’s representative on the Worldwide Initiatives in Grantmaker Support (WINGS) board of directors.
Nelson has more than 15 years of philanthropy experience. “My work at the Council really represents both my personal commitment to philanthropy and my professional experience with the sector,” said Nelson. “I look forward to serving the organization and our membership in this capacity.”
The Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Members of the Council include more than 1,750 independent, operating, community, public, and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.
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