The board of directors of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has selected Claudia Cummings as the organization’s next chief executive officer. Cummings, who currently serves as vice president of strategic development for Conexus Indiana, will begin her new role in January.

Cummings was chosen after a nationwide search conducted by Columbus-based firm Smith and Syberg. She succeeds Marissa Manlove, who is retiring after 12 years with the organization.

"Claudia is a strategic leader with years of experience working across the state of Indiana," said Tina Gridiron, chair of IPA Board of Directors. "She brings the right mix of strategic vision, disciplined implementation and personal passion to this role. I look forward to the many ways she will continue to support, champion and connect all members."

Prior to joining Conexus, Cummings served as deputy commissioner at the Indiana Department of Administration, focusing on small business development. She also currently chairs the Goodwill Education Initiatives Board of Directors and serves on the Leadership Council of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council.