Community Foundation Hires First Upper Keys Employee

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is honored to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Brown as its Vice President for Philanthropy.

The new full-time employee will be based in Islamorada, a historic achievement for the community foundation which has operated from Key West for 27 years as of May 1.

Brown brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting. She most recently served as a Deputy Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution. Elizabeth has a Master of Public Policy from Duke University; her undergraduate education includes both a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Auburn University. She holds a Sunshine Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Florida Association of Nonprofits and is participating in the highly regarded National Community Foundation Boot Camp.

As Vice President of Philanthropy, Brown represents the Foundation’s initiatives countywide and will work with donors countywide. Being geographically based in the Upper Keys, she will be the Foundation’s full-time representative for donors and nonprofits from Marathon to Key Largo and will be the liaison to the Foundation’s Upper and Middle Keys Advisory Councils.

“This is a long-time wish that has come to fruition. A full-time professional dedicated to serving the Middle and Upper Keys is critical to achieving our goal of being an organization that is truly Keys-wide,” said Jennifer McComb, Community Foundation president and CEO.

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