January 27, 2014 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation today announced that Russell Reynolds Associates, a global, senior-level executive search firm, has been retained to identify a new President and CEO to advance the organization’s CEO succession plan.

“Russell Reynolds Associates is a highly regarded firm with a well established nonprofit practice,” Connie Matsui, San Diego Foundation board member and Search Coordinating Committee chair shared. “Our Search Firm Committee was very impressed with the firm’s responsive and comprehensive search process, as well as its relevant experience conducting searches for major foundations in California.”

The firm’s scope of work includes development of a position description, which will be informed by a wide-ranging community outreach effort, and a national search to attract a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. Firm staff members are based in San Diego and San Francisco and have conducted both corporate and nonprofit searches. In total, the Foundation sent requests for proposals to 12 local, regional and national firms.

“The Foundation is committed to an open, fair and professional search process,” Matsui stated. “Through our community outreach efforts, we look forward to hearing what our community most values in the next CEO and the future direction of the Foundation.” The community outreach plan is being developed now in collaboration with the Foundation’s Center for Civic Engagement, key staff and board members. Stakeholder meetings and focus groups commenced in January.

In October, San Diego Foundation President and CEO Bob Kelly announced his planned retirement from the organization in September 2014. The Board of Governors expects to identify a new President and CEO by summer 2014 to ensure a smooth transition. Interested candidates should contact Russell Reynolds Associates at SDFCEO@russellreynolds.com.

About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $624 million in assets, almost half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $842 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.

About Russell Reynolds Associates
Russell Reynolds Associates is a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessment, serving clients globally for 40 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them mitigate the risks associated with senior level appointments. For additional information, visit www.russellreynolds.com.

Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-890-1378, theresan@sdfoundation.org
Laurie Nash, Russell Reynolds Associates, 415-352-3300, SDFCEO@russellreynolds.com