announcing our new president and ceo

October 5, 2015 | ECF Press Release

ECF's board announces Monique Brunson Jones as our new president and CEO, effective November 2, 2015. 

The appointment concludes a thorough search process by the board which began earlier this year, when President and CEO Sara Schastok announced her plans to retire by the end of 2015.

our board's announcement

Board chair Mike Brody said, “On the eve of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, Monique brings the right combination of experience, skills, and passion to lead the Foundation into its next exciting period of growth and development. She joins a dynamic organization with experienced, creative staff and a committed board.”

about our new president

Monique Brunson Jones 1Monique Brunson Jones is currently the director of programs at the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) where she provides leadership to a staff of 14 and a budget of $3.8 million. She has managed its grant program, which awards annual grants of $2.5 million, and worked collaboratively with CFW staff to raise funds and develop major gifts. Prior to her tenure at CFW, she was the director of the Office of Violence Prevention in the Cook County Department of Health and served in clinical and management positions with the Jane Addams Hull House Association.

Jones holds a B.A. in Social Work from The University of Arkansas and a M.S in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in nonprofit administration and planning, and a nonprofit finance certificate from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She enjoys family time with her husband and daughter, gardening, football and jogging. She has been involved in the Evanston community as a member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston and is active in the Evanston Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Jones said, “I’m humbled and excited to lead the ECF team and engage the Evanston community in the next phase of growth. I’m looking forward to the opportunities that await and am appreciative of the vote of confidence I’ve received thus far.”

about the foundation

The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.