Barbara Ceptus F'11
Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows 2011
University of California, Davis
Appointed as Leadership Development Officer, Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit association of approximately 2,000 grantmaking foundations and corporations. As a leader in philanthropy, it strives to increase the effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability of its sector while providing members with the services and support they need for success. The Leadership Development Officer is responsible for the creation of new, and the enhancement of existing, Council programming designed to strengthen the leadership skills and knowledge of grantmakers and donors at various points in their careers, including foundation trustees and CEOs, midcareer professionals, and emerging leaders working in grantmaking institutions. The officer provides strategic coordination and thoughtful leadership to the design of the leadership development curriculum that can be modified to suit multiple grantmaker audiences (CEOs, trustees, emerging leaders, etc.) across diverse characteristics. The officer also oversees the design of a comprehensive Council approach to leadership development in the philanthropic field, drawing on the most relevant theoretical frameworks, and existing academic and practitioner research.