The National Center for Family Philanthropy has elected new board members and officers for 2019.

The new chair is Katherine Lorenz, president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. The vice-chair is Lisa Parker, president of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation. David Weitnauer, president of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, serves as treasurer. Nancy Cable, formerly with the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and now chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville, serves as secretary. Lorenz succeeds outgoing chair Ridgway White, president and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The board elected three new members:

Ashley Blanchard is the principal at Blanchard Consulting, where she engages in strategy and management consulting to help foundations achieve a clear vision and high-impact giving. Ms. Blanchard is the vice chair of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation and a fourth-generation family foundation trustee.

William “Bill” Diggs is president of the Mourning Family Foundation (MFF). A founding member of 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. and the Young Professionals Network of Miami, Mr. Diggs brings a passion for improving the lives of young people in South Florida’s disenfranchised communities.

Michael Meadows is a senior vice president at Westwood Wealth Management, focusing on families, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. He has served on the board of the Meadows Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and is former president and CEO of the Dallas Zoological Society.

“Our new board members have extensive experience in family philanthropy and offer unique expertise to guide us,” NCFP President Ginny Esposito said. “I look forward to the insight and innovation they will offer the organization.”

NCFP extends sincere thanks to those members whose board service ended in 2018: Janine Lee, Jane Leighty Justis, Cindy Mercer, Ridgway White, and Rick Williams.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. NCFP provides encouragement, community, and the resources families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve.

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