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Community Foundation Names New President and CEO, Megan Burke to Serve as 5th President

Lindauer was proud to partner with the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in the search for its new President and Chief Executive Officer. This placement is Lindauer’s second with the Foundation after filling the Chief Financial Officer role in 2022. Congratulations to Megan Burke on her appointment.

The Trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) announced the appointment of Megan Burke to the position of President and CEO of the Foundation. Burke has been a community impact officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for more than seven years, most recently serving as its Director of Community Impact Grantmaking.

Burke, who resides in West Springfield, has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, strategic planning, and philanthropy. She began her tenure at the Foundation on January 18th succeeding Katie Allan Zobel, who moved forward in her career on October 1, 2022, after navigating the pandemic and a period of tremendous growth for the Foundation.

Burke began her career working on international peace and security issues at the Ford Foundation and through the United Nations. She also lived in Nicaragua for several years, where her work supported the emerging LGBTQ+ movement and the development of a nation-wide campaign to advance human rights. Prior to her most recent position at the Hartford Foundation, Burke led the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, an international network of nonprofits engaged in advancing a ban on antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions worldwide.

Paul Murphy, CFWM’s Trustees Chair, said, “On behalf of the Trustees of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, I am excited to share the news that we have selected our next President and CEO and I am honored to welcome Megan Burke to the Foundation.”

“Megan is a dynamic, collaborative, and visionary leader, with a deep understanding of philanthropy and community foundations. Her demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion and supporting community engagement has been influenced by her multifaceted lived experience. We look forward to her future contributions to advance our mission and strategic initiatives, all for the benefit of the communities we serve,” Murphy said.

Megan Burke was selected as a result of an extensive local and national search conducted by Lindauer Associates, in partnership with the Foundation’s search committee led by Trustee Chair Paul Murphy.

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