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    Appointment of New Executive Director

    By Owen Knott


    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation, I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Kelly Medinger.


    Many of you know Kelly from her former role as our Program and Communications Associate.  Joining the Foundation in March 2011, she excelled in her work, and in our evaluation, exhibited competency and strength beyond that position.  As Executive Director, her new responsibilities include managing the general operations of the Foundation, supporting board membership and development, overseeing our grantmaking efforts, and guiding and carrying out our strategic direction.


    Since graduating with honors from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, Kelly's career in the philanthropic giving arena has spanned 12 years.  Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a Program Officer at The Goizueta Foundation in Atlanta, a private family foundation with Catholic roots.  Upon moving to Baltimore in 2007, she became the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations at Stevenson University.  You can learn more about Kelly by clicking here.


    Kelly's appointment comes at an important time for the Knott Foundation.  This past year we celebrated 35 years of grantmaking.  With three generations and 30 family members on our Board, we are confident that Kelly will serve the Foundation, the Knott family, and the Maryland nonprofit community with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness - as we have learned is her way.


    "It is an honor and a privilege to be selected for this role," shared Kelly.  "And I very much look forward to working with our trustees, grantees, fellow funders, and community leaders to help carry out the mission of the Foundation and the inspiring legacy of our founders, Marion I. and Henry J. Knott."    


    Alongside our Board of Trustees and our dedicated professional staff, Carol and Kathleen, we invite you to extend a warm welcome to Kelly in her new role.  We are extremely grateful to have her talent and leadership at the Knott Foundation.     


    Thank you for all that you do to support our community, and please accept our best wishes for a joyous and successful new year.