Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation names new president, CEO

The following news release comes from the Oak Park-River Forest CommunityFoundation:

River Forest resident Kristin Carlson Vogen joins the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer. She assumes her duties on August 4.

Ms. Vogen has worked at Bank of America/U.S. Trust in the Philanthropic Solutions Group where she served as Senior Philanthropic Specialist spear-heading acquisition of new philanthropic assets in an 11 state upper mid-west region, working with Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors and U.S. Trust Wealth Advisors.

She provided subject matter expertise on private foundations, donor advised funds, and endowment management for public charities. She has also served as Senior Philanthropic Relationship Manager, managing both private foundations and public charity endowment funds. Prior to working at the Bank, Ms. Vogen was Assistant Director, Planned Giving with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Foundation.

Presently, Ms., Vogen is on the Board of The Cara Program and on the Board for Roosevelt Middle School’s Parents Instrumental Music Association (PIMA). She chairs the Kids Advisory Committee and is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for WTTW/WFMT.

In addition, she is a current member of the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Chicago Foundation for Women, and past member of the PAC for the Chicago Community Trust. Kristin also serves on the Advisory Council for Giving In Chicago, a study to be issued by The Chicago Community Trust.

Kristin earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, and B.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Abilene Christian University. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is in its 55th year, supports and models sustainability now and builds endowments for the future. The organization’s assets have grown from $10 million in 2006 to $58 million today.

As the philanthropic resource for Oak Park and River Forest,The Foundation combines charitable gifts with community knowledge; attracts resources to provide grants and scholarships; and works with local nonprofits towards excellence through collaborative action, technical assistance and training.

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