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Center for Nonprofit Excellence Names Ann L. Coffey as Next CEO

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 5, 2019) – Louisville’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) announced today that its board of directors has unanimously selected Ann L. Coffey as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Coffey, who has served as interim CEO during the executive search process, formally assumed the role on September 1.

CNPE has more than 500 member organizations across Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana and provides consulting services and professional development opportunities to the local nonprofit sector, including its annual CHANGEMAKERS Conference – the largest gathering of nonprofit leaders in the region.

As the region grapples with increasingly complex issues like generational poverty, inequitable education attainment, domestic and community violence, substance abuse, and homelessness, CNPE’s board chair says effective and comprehensive solutions will come through collaboration of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to leverage the strengths of each.

“The vision that inspired CNPE when it was formed nearly 20 years ago has served our community well, but we know it’s no longer enough if Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana are to thrive with a vibrant nonprofit sector to provide vital services to our community,” said Tess McNair, CNPE board chair and executive director of the C.E. and S. Foundation.

“CNPE’s board concluded unanimously and enthusiastically that Ann will provide the leadership needed to unify, champion, and support the nonprofit sector. Her experience working in each of the three sectors, her commitment to bringing all voices to the table, and her passion for coaching organizations and individuals to their full potential will be critical as we tackle the toughest challenges in our community,” McNair added.

Coffey is the founder of Forté LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting practice. She has helped create and grow a variety of organizations for more than 25 years. Ann served as chief of staff for the University of Louisville Office of Advancement, president and CEO of Louisville nonprofit Women 4 Women, and special assistant in Gov. Martha Layne Collins’s administration, where she led the effort to create the Bluegrass State Games.

“As a board member who led the CEO search committee, I am excited we have a new leader who brings exceptional knowledge, capacity, and vision for the future of the organization,” said Pam Darnall, president and chief executive officer of Family and Children’s Place. “Her authentic and collaborative leadership will provide the foundation for the future of CNPE.”

Now with Coffey in the role of CEO, the CNPE board of directors will move forward with strategic planning. This work began last year with a survey of nonprofit leaders to understand their highest priorities and will continue as Coffey reaches out to the community to invite conversations about the changing nonprofit landscape and the opportunities for CNPE to support the sector in new and deeper ways.

“The problems nonprofits are tasked to solve are greater than ever, but the resources are fewer,” Coffey said. “CNPE will expand its role as an advocate for the sector and will foster collaboration among the individuals and organizations who do this critical work. Our community depends on it.”

Coffey said one of her goals is to strengthen the connections between organizations that can support each other’s work to create greater impact.

“I believe we are a very compassionate community, and our organizations want to work together to create more impact,” Coffey said. “That’s where CNPE can come in as the convener and relationship builder for the good of the whole.”