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President and Chief Executive Officer Louisville, KY

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the selection of Ronald V. Gallo as its next President and CEO, effective July 2020.

Gallo brings more than 30 years of experience in private, corporate, family and community foundations. He comes to CFL from his role as CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the largest community foundation on California’s central coast, where assets more than doubled during his 11-year tenure, reaching $550 million. Gallo repositioned the foundation as a civic leader in the areas of health and mental health, food systems and issues facing working families. Before that, Gallo spent 15 years as CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, increasing assets from $150 million to $700 million and focusing largely on affordable housing, an effort that added more than 13,000 units. Prior to that, he worked at the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, where he traveled extensively in the American South, working to build consensus on issues of race, economic opportunity, and rural health care.

Gallo holds a doctorate in education with a concentration in policy studies and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in administration, planning, and social policy, both from Harvard University. He also holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American history and Asian studies from Connecticut College, where he also minored in African-American literature.

Rebecca Swartz led this search with Sabrina Singh.

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