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Eileen Ellsworth
President & CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Since becoming the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia in 2005, Eileen has helped reinvent and reimagine the Community Foundation’s work and purpose. Today, it is both an influential grantmaker and civic leader that is helping to build a community that works for everyone.

Under Eileen’s leadership, the Community Foundation has emerged as a significant funder of the region’s most important nonprofits and social sector initiatives. This discretionary grantmaking capacity was made possible through the development of The Permanent Fund for Northern Virginia, a collection of several permanent community endowments that currently include the Innovation Fund, the Environment Fund, the Ross Roberts Fund for the Arts, the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund, The Education Fund, the Poverty Relief Fund, the Military Personnel and Their Families Fund, The Mental Health Fund, the Aging Fund, the Racial Justice and Equity Fund, and the Child and Youth Development Fund. Last year, the Community Foundation awarded over $13 million in grants and scholarships, a record level of impact, and currently reports $85 million in managed charitable assets.

In recent years, the Community Foundation has emerged as a civic and social leader as well as a grant maker. In 2020, the Community Foundation launched Insight Region, a new Center for Community Research. The data and reports produced by Insight Region enable a more common understanding of local challenges and opportunities, more rigorous and data-based conversations, and more strategic action on the data. The Community Foundation also hosts a variety of conferences and convenings each year that highlight cross sector collaborations and other strategies that successfully increase the economic mobility of our children, promote racial justice and equity, and develop more inclusive systems of economic growth.

Eileen currently serves on the George Mason University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Region 7 Board for GO Virginia where she also chairs the Program Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the 123 Club.