Arlington Community Foundation selects new top staffer

Jennifer Owens has been appointed president/CEO of the Arlington Community Foundation, effective in October 2018.

Jennifer Owens, most recently senior vice president and chief development officer of the Central New York Community Foundation, has been appointed president/CEO of the Arlington Community Foundation.

She succeeds Wanda Pierce, who led the foundation for nearly nine years until her departure in early 2017.

Before her service in New York, Owens held positions with Summit Foundation and the Public Welfare Foundation in the Washington area.

“We are so pleased to have Jennifer Owens join the foundation, and welcome her back to our region,” said Arlington Community Foundation board chairman Jeanne Broyhill.  “Her experience and expertise in the community-foundation arena, coupled with her leadership, fund-development success and community engagement, make her an outstanding leader for the foundation going forward.”

In a statement, Owens said she hoped to “help grow this fine organization to further impact the lives of those who live and work in Arlington.”

“The deep commitment and exciting vision of this organization inspire me, and I will do all I can to make that vision a reality in partnership with all those dedicated to its work,” said Owens, whose start date is set for Oct. 9 but who will be on hand at the foundation’s annual Spirit of Community luncheon in September.

 The Arlington Community Foundation was conceived in 1991 by William Newman Jr., currently chief judge of the Arlington Circuit Court, and began making grants two years later. It currently is custodian for a large array of grant-making and scholarship funds.

For information on the organization, see the Web site at

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