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Women’s foundation’s new Executive director: Maranne McDade Clay
Maranne McDade Clay was appointed to the position of Executive Director effective January 7, 2019. A native of Rochester, McDade Clay hails from Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood and currently resides in the Town of Brighton.
Maranne brings more than twenty years of experience as a strategic planning and fund development consultant in the nonprofit sector to the Executive Director position. In addition, McDade Clay has served as Co-Chair of the Foundation’s Grant Making Committee since 2012 and has contributed to the Foundation’s administration and disbursement of more than $750,000 in grants since 2012.
outgoing Executive Director Susan Latoski: establishing a legacy of growth and success
For ten years, through her thoughtful and compassionate leadership, Susan has clarified our vision and mission, grown our endowment to record levels, and more than tripled our grant awards to support programs that make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. She further developed the Girls’ Initiative program and helped grow the number of participants from 10 high school girls to 400+. Year over year, Susan has been instrumental in improving the lives of young women and girls through Girls’ Initiative mentoring and literacy program. Today, we are committed to continuing her legacy of supporting, empowering and inspiring women and girls to reach their full potential.
Highlights of our 2018 annual grant awards luncheon
In 2018, members of the Girl's’ Grant Making Committee presented $100,000 in grants to programs that make a positive difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. The Women’s Foundation’s 2019 Leadership Award was given to MCC English Professor Tokeya Graham, chair of our literacy and mentoring program, Voices of Experience. We thank Tokeya for her creativity, humor, and wisdom—she continually shares her inspiration and light with our organization. As one of the foremost women leaders and mentors in our community, she continues to enlighten us all through her own creative initiatives in giving back: http://www.soulstainableliving.com/, Facebook: Soulstainable Living, Charity ROCs Donations and Services Page, We All Write
2018 High Falls Women’s Film Festival featured our lift your sister campaign film, “Hey, Goddess”
Our film featuring The Rebel Flower Bomb’s poem “Hey, Goddess” was played during the 2018 High Falls Film Festival in October at the Little Theatre. Produced by an all-women crew and directed by Rhea Anna, photographer and filmmaker. A very special thank you to the entire crew and talent who volunteered their time and energy toward this amazing project!