Eileen M. Ellsworth has been the President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia since 2005. With approximately $33 million in managed assets, the Community Foundation engages donors to help grow philanthropy in the region. During her 7 years as President, Eileen has grown the Community Foundation’s discretionary grant making levels from $12,000 in 2005 to $464,000 in 2012, created the Future Fund, a giving circle for young professionals in Northern Virginia, created the Loudoun Impact Fund for strategic philanthropic investments in Loudoun County, created the Healthy Kids Grants to promote children’s health and help prevent childhood obesity, and created the Innovation Fund to support programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity and new design. She led Community Foundation efforts to commission and publish the first ever Child and Youth Needs Assessment across the region, and in 2013, the Community Foundation will publish two additional comprehensive needs assessments – one addressing the needs of our aging population, and the second addressing the needs of military personnel, veterans and military families in Northern Virginia.
Prior to running the Community Foundation, Eileen founded and ran Empower Girls, Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational organization providing technology enrichment for 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls in Title 1 schools in the Fairfax County Public School system. As a result of her work with this organization, Eileen was awarded the Deloitte & Touche Heroines in Technology Award and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award. Eileen was also President of WIN-WIN Strategies Foundation, a private foundation focused on sharing best practices around K-12 education technology and building national communities of practice of K-12 educators.
An attorney by training, Eileen was a trial attorney in private practice in Connecticut and New York and later the General Counsel of Best Software in Reston, VA. Eileen serves on the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Board and on the Loudoun County CEO Cabinet. She lives in Oakton with her husband Bob Weil and their two children, Chris and Emma.
Katy Moore has more than 10 years of experience in the field of philanthropy at the local, regional, and national levels. She started her career guiding the philanthropic investments of dozens of donors at the Fayetteville Community Foundation while working on her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Arkansas. In 2005, she moved to Washington, D.C. to lead a pioneering effort at the Council on Foundations to improve the accountability, transparency and operating standards of over 700 community foundations nationwide. Over the next three years, she supported over 550 community foundations in complying with the National Standards and set the stage for future self-regulation by the field of philanthropy.
Katy currently sits at the center of the philanthropic community in the Greater Washington region as the Director of Member Services for the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers – a powerful network of 100 of the largest and most well-respected philanthropic organizations in the area. She serves as a key connector, thought leader and a go-to-resource for the region’s foundation and corporate leaders.
Katy is a proud founding member of the Future Fund, a young professionals giving circle at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, which has given over $110K in grants to local nonprofits in just two years. She is an avid gardener, scuba diver and traveler. And, as a true southerner, is a firm believer that everything tastes better fried.
Since August, 2012, Elizabeth Murphy has been President/CEO of Leadership Fairfax, an organization dedicated to identifying and educating community leaders. With over 10 years’ experience in non-profit management, in her current role, Ms. Murphy oversees the delivery of LFI’s three leadership programs, the Signature program for senior level executives, the Emerging Leaders’ Institute for younger executives, and the Lifetime Leadership Program for the recently retired. One of her areas of focus as CEO is increasing the civic engagement of LFI graduates in the work of Fairfax County. To that end, she has begun fostering partnerships with the county government and non-profit community to explore and define key issues and open doors to involvement for LFI alumni. In addition to the class schedule, LFI also plans and hosts numerous events per year to enhance leadership competencies for graduates of the program. Prior to joining LFI, Ms. Murphy was the President/CEO of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra for five years. She led the symphony through major organizational change, including a world-wide search for a new music director. Ms. Murphy oversaw the planning and execution of the symphony’s public concerts, education and outreach programs, and fundraising events. She implemented a multi-level marketing strategy that resulted in 10% increase in single ticket sales for concerts. She directed the redevelopment of the FSO’s music education programs in partnership with Fairfax County schools, and increased fundraising which enabled the FSO to deliver educational programs at no charge to 40-50 individual schools each year. Ms. Murphy specializes in event planning and management, internal and external communications, team building, project management, board stewardship, branding and messaging, strategic planning, and grant writing. Prior to joining the FSO in 2005 as its Operations Manager, she was the Managing Director of the Fairfax Choral Society, where she facilitated concert production for all five choruses, planned and executed fundraising events, and handled membership growth and development.
Ms. Murphy serves on the board of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a review panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Arts Council of Fairfax’s general operating grant applications. She was the state-wide co-chairman of the 2012 initiative “Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts.” She also has served as a board member for Virginians for the Arts, and as a member of the Major Arts Organization panel in Virginia. In addition to her work duties, Ms. Murphy holds several key volunteer positions in the community with school and athletic organizations, including membership development, fundraising, and event planning.
Sari Raskin is the associate director of community investment at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and has been with the Community Foundation since June 2012. From 2007-11, she served as director of engagement and programs at Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP), an engaged philanthropy. At DSVP, Sari served as a liaison between donors/entrepreneurs and nonprofits to build organizational capacity. She also facilitated DSVP’s annual investment and reinvestment grant cycles. Prior to DSVP, Sari worked in Jewish Community Centers supervising program staff, staffing volunteer committees and planning programs for various constituency groups.
Sari is passionate about working with donors and the impact that can be achieved through grantmaking. She also pursues the application of business practices to the nonprofit sector as potential for organizational development. Sari earned her MSW from the University of Maryland and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas.