Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Cheryl Elliott Announces Her Retirement

AAACF's President & CEO Cherly Elliott  recently notified our Board of Trustees of her plans to retire at the end of this year. Her last offical day will be December 31, 2014.

Cheryl  joined the Community Foundation in 1992 and has served in a variety of roles - as Program Director, Youth Council Advisor, and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer - before becoming AAACF's President & CEO in 2001.

We greatly appreciate Cheryl Elliott’s stewardship at the Community Foundation. 
In her 13 years as the Community Foundation's chief executive, Cheryl has presided over tremendous growth in both assets and the impact AAACF’s grant support has had in our local community. Since 2001, the Community Foundation’s assets have grown from $22 million to $75.7 million as of December 31, 2013 - generating more than $26 million in grants and scholarships.

On behalf of the Community Foundaiton, Cheryl has played a very active role in supporting a number of community initiatives and organizations. During her tenure, AAACCF’s grant support and leadership have helped start a number of organizations and programs that are now a valuable part of our community’s landscape, including: the Neutral Zone, the Ann Arbor YMCA’s Youth Volunteers Corps, the Housing Bureau for Seniors’ Foreclosure Prevention and Home Share programs, Dawn Farm’s Chapin Street Project, the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund, the Community Foundation of Plymouth, and the Coordinated Funding initiative.

Bhushan Kulkarni, Chair of AAACF’s Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair Michelle Crumm will oversee a thorough and thoughtful search. Both are local business leaders who also have extensive experience serving on local nonprofit boards. A search committee is already in place and will be working with a professional search firm.

AAAACF’s Board of Trustees’ plan is to announce the next President & CEO this fall to provide ample time for overlap and ensure a smooth transition.