Introducing Our President

Portrait of Community Foundation president Matt Morton who has light brown hair. He is smiling and wearing a white collared shirt with a blue suit jacket.

Matt Morton was selected as the fifth President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Morton took the helm on April 18, 2022, succeeding Jennifer Rhoads who led the organization for nearly a decade.

Morton previously served as the Equitable Education Portfolio Director at Meyer Memorial Trust, where he led Oregon’s largest private philanthropic grantmaking strategy focused on K-12 public education. In this role, he oversaw a team that managed more than 200 active grants and fostered cross-system collaboration with communities, nonprofits and public institutions to improve student outcomes.

Morton earned the role following a national search conducted by Murphy, Symonds & Stowell. The opportunity attracted a diverse pool of more than 40 applicants who represented a cross section of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders from across the region and nation.

Learn more about Matt in our news release and through the reflections of our Board Chair, T. Randall Grove.

Transition Timeline

April 18, 2022 • Matt Morton picks up the baton from Jennifer Rhoads, who will serve as an advisor during the transition for up to six months.

March 21, 2022 • Matt Morton is announced as the next President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

Winter 2022 • Board reviews submissions from more than 40 applicants and finalists proceed through interview process.

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

SW Washington foundation names next leader
Portland Business Journal | March 21, 2022

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