HARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is pleased to announce that its board of directors recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed three new members. Each will help support the organization's work to organize, inspire, and equip the philanthropic community to lead together for sustained impact and social change.
Leading the board is newly elected chair Tiffany Donelson, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of all Connecticut residents. Donelson has served on CCP's board since 2018 and was most recently the board's vice-chair.
"I am honored to serve as chair of CCP's board and thrilled to continue working with so many colleagues," says Donelson. "This is a critical time for philanthropy. The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy can play a tremendous role in supporting the field as we find ways to make our state a more equitable place and assure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive."
Joining Donelson in her new role on board leadership is Laura McCargar, president of Perrin Family Foundation. McCargar is the newly elected vice chair after serving as a board member for several years.
"I look forward to continued work with philanthropic colleagues across Connecticut as I become the Vice-Chair of the CCP board," says McCargar. "We have exciting opportunities ahead of us to leverage the collective power of CCP's membership to harness philanthropy as a tool for impact and change."
Additional officers include Paul Suter, vice president for finance and operations at the Children's Fund of Connecticut as board treasurer, as well as Lauren Patterson, president and CEO of New Canaan Community Foundation, as board secretary.
CCP's new board leadership comes alongside the election of several new board members who bring diverse experience and expertise to the organization's strategic framework.
The new members include
• Delia Arellano-Weddleton, director of engagement and partnerships at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation
• Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Point32HealthFoundation and vice president, corporate citizenship, Point32Health
• Betty Sugerman Weintraub, manager of grant programs and philanthropic outreach at the CT Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA)
"The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is excited to welcome these outstanding philanthropic leaders to its board," said CCP President Karla Fortunato. "Engaging the right talent and perspectives on the board is fundamental to our success, and I am thrilled to partner with Tiffany and the entire board as we work to address the critical issues facing our state."
Stepping down from her role as board chair is Elaine Mintz, chief operating officer at Fairfield County's Community Foundation. "On behalf of the board, I want to express our gratitude to Elaine for her dedicated tenure as board chair," added Tiffany Donelson. "We look forward to her continuing service and counsel."
Access a complete listing of CCP's board at https://www.ctphilanthropy.org/about/leadership.
CCP Board Leadership Biographies
Tiffany Donelson is president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, overseeing the independent health philanthropy's work in grantmaking, policy advancement, strategic communications, and leadership development. She brings to the role a deep knowledge of health care systems and policy, extensive experience in grantmaking, and a commitment to equity. Tiffany previously served as the foundation's vice president of program.
Before joining the foundation in 2014, Tiffany held several leadership roles at Aetna, including deputy chief of staff for Aetna's National Businesses Office and as a director in corporate strategy. Before joining Aetna, Tiffany was a consultant at Ingenix Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Tiffany is a member of several boards and advisory committees, including the boards of the United Way of Connecticut and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received her MPH in health policy and management at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
Laura McCargar was appointed president of the Perrin Family Foundation in June of 2016. In her role as President, Laura is responsible for stewarding the vision and mission of the foundation and its efforts to build a stronger youth-led social justice field across the state. Laura joined the foundation in 2012 as a program officer. She played a central role in designing the foundation's youth-led social change grantmaking strategy and oversaw the development and implementation of capacity building initiatives designed to strengthen and expand youth organizing across Connecticut.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Laura was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from Open Society Foundations to engage in research and organizing around the previously little-known role that alternative schools and adult education programs play in Connecticut's school-to-prison pipeline.
Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in American Studies. In the time since, she has authored several publications about youth, education, and organizing in Connecticut
Lauren Patterson joined the New Canaan Community Foundation as president and CEO in October 2016. She has worked in community philanthropy for over a decade, working in the Washington, DC region before moving to Connecticut. Her past experience includes serving as director of programs at Washington Area Women's Foundation, where she led the foundation's grantmaking, advocacy, and research, which focused on the economic security of women and girls. Previously, Patterson managed grantmaking and donor engagement at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. In addition, she has worked with or served on many coalitions, cross-sector efforts, and funder collaboratives, including those focused on early childhood, workforce development, and women's issues. Lauren holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross.
CCP Board Treasurer Paul Suter began serving CCP's board in 2019.
Paul Suter is vice president for finance and operations for Children's Health and Development Institute (CHDI) and its parent organization, the Children's Fund of Connecticut. In addition to managing accounting and finances, Paul oversees contract management and human resources for both organizations. He joined CFC/CHDI in 2004 with twenty years of experience in public accounting as a partner in Filomeno and Company, P.C., where he was director of the Audit Department and the firm's Business Valuation practice. Paul is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA).
Newly Elected CCP Board Member Biographies
Delia has an extensive background in social services and community outreach in low-income, immigrant communities. Previous work includes working with a Head Start program; managing an information and referral center for immigrant families; and designing and conducting parenting programs for families living in homeless shelters. Early in her social work career, Delia worked with Navy families and launched a center dedicated to counseling submariners and their families. Delia serves on Jumpstart's National Board, the Margarita Muniz Academy Board, and the Gaston Institute's Community Advisory and is an alum of Latinos for Education Board Fellows.
Delia Arellano-Weddleton is a first-generation American with roots in San Antonio, Texas. Delia holds a BA in Sociology and a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management from the Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership (Boston University).
In addition to the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy board, Nora is on the Executive Forum for Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship and the Board of Wholesome Wave. She was appointed to the Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts and serves on the Elder Stakeholders Group, convened by AARP to inform policy and practice in aging. In addition, she is a longtime mentor for Conexión, an organization supporting the advancement of Latino/a/x talent.
Nora earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia College and a master's from NorthPark University, both in Chicago, Illinois.
Betty is the Chair of the CT Council for Philanthropy Workforce Affinity Group, serves on the Governor's Workforce Council Equity and Access Committee, sits on the statewide Advisory Boards of the Working Cities Challenge, 2Generation Legislation (where she Co-Chairs the Workforce Sub-Committee), and the Campaign for Working CT, she also sits as a member of the CT Council for Philanthropy's Early Childhood Funders Collaborative.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Speech Degree from Emerson College in Boston MA, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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