The Board of Trustees of the Ruth Mott Foundation has appointed Handy Lindsey, Jr. to be the Foundation’s next President commencing September 1, 2014. Mr. Lindsey is a well respected philanthropic leader with over 30 years of experience with the Chicago Community Trust, the East St. Louis Community Foundation, the Field Foundation of Illinois, which he directed for 15 years, and the Cameron Foundation in Petersburg, Virginia, where he served as its inaugural chief executive officer from 2004 to 2013.
Mr. Lindsey earned his bachelor degree from the University of Chicago and also holds an MA degree from the School of Social Service Administration and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He served for seven years as a Commissioner for the Chicago Housing Authority, was on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations, led Grantmakers for Effective Organizations as its chairman, and also served as vice chairman of the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
The Ruth Mott Foundation, created in 1999 upon the passing of Ruth Rawlings Mott, operates Applewood, the 34-acre Mott family estate and gardens, and engages in grantmaking to maintain and enhance the vitality of Flint. The Foundation envisions communities of hope and pride, whose neighborhood environments and urban core are safe, attractive and healthy, enriched by cultural diversity and an engaged citizenry.
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