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Introducing Our New President

Matt Morton stands on the Vancouver Waterfront, arms crossed with a building in the background. He is wearing a blue suit jacket and white collared shirt.

Matt Morton has been named as the fifth President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington. Morton will take the helm on April 18, 2022, succeeding Jennifer Rhoads who led the organization for nearly a decade.

Morton currently serves as the Equitable Education Portfolio Director at Meyer Memorial Trust, where he leads Oregon’s largest private philanthropic grantmaking strategy focused on K-12 public education. In this role, he oversees a team that manages more than 200 active grants and fosters 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

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