Community Foundation Names CEO

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The board of directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has selected Brad Little as president and chief executive officer. Little, who currently serves as CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation in Iowa, will begin his new role January 8.

Little succeeds David Bennett, who is retiring in December after 22 years with the organization. A native of Cicero, Little joined the Iowa organization after serving as president of the Legacy Fund in Hamilton County.

"Brad was selected from an extremely talented pool of candidates because of his significant experience with community leadership, strategic planning, and collective impact models," said Shannon Hardiek, board president for the Community Foundation. "He is a creative problem-solver and a respected leader who we are confident will move the community foundation toward continued growth."

Little earned a bachelor's degree at Ball State University and his MBA at Butler University in Indianapolis. He has also served on a number of boards and commissions during his time both in Iowa and Hamilton County.

"I look forward to meeting the Fort Wayne Community, listening, and learning a lot," said Little. "Listening to donors, community leaders, board, and staff to understand what the greatest needs are in the community. Through listening, convening and collaborating, we will not only continue the great work accomplished under David Bennett’s leadership, but also use that as a springboard. There’s a significant opportunity to grow the community foundation’s role as a philanthropic leader, I want to elevate our ability to address community needs and work collectively to create even greater positive impact."

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