Search Update

After nearly a decade of leadership at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, President Jennifer Rhoads has decided to transition out of the organization. She will continue serving in her position until early next spring, when an internal Search Committee is scheduled to select her successor.

This committee will work in partnership with staff and stakeholders to find a candidate who will provide dynamic, forward-thinking leadership to promote the organization’s goals, implement policy directives, cultivate charitable giving, empower staff, and steward its role as an inclusive convener throughout the region. The new President will bring a broad-based mix of experiences to promote philanthropy, develop and deepen coalitions, and advance the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington’s role in community leadership and advocacy.

Review the complete Position Profile here. Interested applicants are encouraged to email credentials and a letter of interest to Melissa Ulum, Managing Partner at Murphy, Symonds and Stowell.

Transition Timeline

Spring 2022 • Anticipated timeframe for selecting the next President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

November 2021 • The search for a new President begins in earnest with the distribution of an official Position Profile.

October 2021 • An internal Search Committee hires Murphy, Symonds & Stowell to launch a search in partnership with The 360 Group.

October 2021 • President Jennifer Rhoads announces plans to leave CFSWW in 2022 and shares her thoughts on our blog.

Media Coverage

In Our View: Rhoads, Gibert leave a legacy of giving
The Columbian | November 4, 2021

Community Foundation President to step down
The Reflector | November 2, 2021


Community Foundation president leaving
The Daily News | October 21, 2021

Community Foundation president to leave nonprofit
The Columbian | October 21, 2021