These are bittersweet days as Kafi D. Blumenfield prepares her departure as President and CEO. Shane Murphy Goldsmith, just back from maternity leave, will be stepping into the role December 1, 2013.
This week Kafi was roasted and toasted by staff. Next week, the board will do the same. Kafi’s accomplishments are many including an increased focus on diversity in grantmaking, hiring and board recruitment; an intensive re-assessment of our grantmaking in which we implemented new procedures that insure greater impact and focus; the launch of the Wally Marks Leadership Institute; and the forging of a partnership with The California Endowment to improve the life outcomes of low income young men of color.
Kafi will continue to serve on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the board of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project in Los Angeles, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and Southern California Grantmakers. She is also on the advisory board Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation.