Exciting News from the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation
Board of Directors
It is with great enthusiasm that the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation announces the selection of Jane Donahue as its new President. She will take the helm on October 21, 2013. The Foundation, established in 1998, is the only funding organization with the unique and specific mission of supporting the St. Louis Public Schools.
“Jane becomes our chief executive at a particularly exciting time, given the Foundation’s pursuits regarding its sustainability and work with the St. Louis Public Schools to articulate to funders and other potential partners the district’s vision and educational priorities. Our success on both fronts will depend greatly on the strategic vision, commitment, passion and outstanding capabilities of a top-notch, dynamic leader who can direct us in these efforts. It was clear to our search committee and the entire board that Jane possesses all of these qualities and we are absolutely thrilled that she has accepted this role,” noted Valerie Bell, Chair of the Foundation board.
Jane is well-respected and highly regarded throughout St. Louis and the region for the talented leadership and keen insights she brings to all of her endeavors, both professionally and as a volunteer. As Vice President of the Deaconess Foundation, she has had a wealth of experience in successfully designing and implementing capacity building efforts in some of the community’s most vital not-for-profits that focus on bettering the lives of young people. She is known for her tremendous impact on programs and initiatives aimed at fostering educational opportunity, particularly for youth affected by poverty. One example is College Summit, which she helped to found and later served as a board member. She is widely recognized for her strengths in facilitating collaborative efforts involving businesses, funders, not-for-profits and government leaders, including serving as co-founder and co-chair of St. Louis Graduates and as board chair of the Gateway Center for Giving.
The Foundation is, indeed, fortunate to welcome Jane as its new President. We hope you will join us in extending sincere congratulations to her in her new role and we look forward to formally introducing her to all of you in the near future.
The St. Louis Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors