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May 16, 2024

 Suzanne D'Addario Brouder steps down as Executive Director


After leading the D’Addario Foundation for 15 years, Suzanne D'Addario Brouder has stepped down, leaving the Foundation in the capable hands of Karen Shelley.

“I remain incredibly passionate about the Foundation, our initiatives, program partners, and students,” Said D’Addario Brouder. “I am proud of everything we accomplished during my time here. I feel like the Foundation in many ways has been my baby, something I have nurtured to the best of my ability with the amazing and steadfast help of our team. We are at a very exciting inflection point at the D’Addario Foundation and I believe there is great potential to grow and broaden our impact.”

To lead the Foundation going forward, they sought a leader with a strong background in fundraising and development. They found just that in new Executive Director Karen Shelley, who began her work on April 1st.

Karen Shelley is a nonprofit and social impact leader with more than 20 years of experience in partnership development. She began her career as an advertising copywriter for various educational publishing companies and went on to serve as a development professional for several nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Karen was Director of Development for the Harmony Program and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Society for Science. Other nonprofits she has served include the College Board, Single Stop, and College Advising Corps.

“Karen is a trailblazer and I’m very excited to have someone with her skill set lead the organization,” added Suzanne.

To read more about the D'Addario Foundation team, please visit the Our Team page. 


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