Two SECF Staff Members Promoted Heading Into 2020
SECF enjoyed incredible success during its 50th Anniversary year -- in more ways than one, we exceeded the high expectations we placed on ourselves for 2019, a year capped off by our largest Annual Meeting ever!
This success could not have happened without the hard work, leadership and dedication of the SECF staff. Heading into 2020, two staff members have earned promotions that reflect not only the work they have done previously, but also the added leadership responsibilities they will take on going forward.
First, Dena Chadwick has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Dena has been with SECF for more than a decade. In that time, she has brought a level of discipline, rigor and sophistication to SECF's operations that is unmatched within the field. Dena has provided unparalleled staff leadership in multiple areas, especially finance and auditing, Board relations, governance and human resources. For many years, she led the planning for one of SECF's signature events, the CEO Forum, and was the staff lead on the development of our Equity Framework.
Meanwhile, she has run a tight ship while also ensuring that SECF provides the best support possible to our high-performing staff. In the year ahead, Dena will also serve as the staff lead as SECF works toward the development of our next strategic plan.
Second, Stephen Sherman has been promoted to Director of Research and Data. Since joining the staff in 2017, Stephen has proven himself essential to making SECF a go-to source of research and data on Southern philanthropic trends and history -- the first stated goal of our current strategic plan. After joining our team, Stephen immediately dedicated himself to working with our partners at MDC on the release of Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise and, in the years following, a series of successful Passing Gear events held around the region.
Before joining SECF, Stephen worked at the Foundation Center and was our primary contact leading up to the release of the Southern Trends Report -- today, he works closely with Foundation Center's successor, Candid, on updates to the report, as well as the latest Key Findings Report released this year. Stephen also provided leadership during the migration to a new and improved member database and website platform in 2018. More recently, he has worked with Vice President of Member Engagement Jaci Bertrand on our renewal and retention campaigns and helped staff and members track down research and data for their work.
Congratulations to Dena and Stephen on these well-earned achievements!
Finally, on behalf of the entire staff, I want to wish each of you a holiday season full of peace, joy and love. We look forward to working with you in 2020 as we continue to build a region where all people can participate and prosper.
Janine Lee is president and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.