The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga announced the formation of a search committee for a new executive director last week. The ideal candidate is a high impact leader in social justice, advocacy and collective philanthropy who is ready to lead the organization in its efforts to move Tennessee from 49th for the status of women in the United States to number one.
Jeannine Carpenter will serve as the interim executive director, beginning Aug. 1, until the position is filled.
The current executive director, Emily O’Donnell, will leave her position as executive director this summer and plans to expand her legal career at Jelks Law as she continues to be an advocate for women in Tennessee.
Ms. O’Donnell served as the executive director for two years and has long been an active supporter and volunteer with the organization. She joined the board in 2013, served as the advocacy chair in 2015 and as the board chair in 2017.
“Emily has been an essential part of our growth and success over the last six years,” said Women’s Fund Board President Mary Kilbride. “Because of her strong leadership, deep legal expertise and tireless advocacy efforts, our organization is stronger than ever before. We have made great strides, and we will continue working hard to meet our mission to support women in Tennessee. While we will greatly miss Emily, we are confident that our board and staff will continue to do exceptional work on behalf of all women in Tennessee.”
State legislative efforts are a major part of the organization’s work. In 2019, seven of the Women's Fund priority bills passed - a record number of advocacy successes to make Tennessee a safer and more equitable state for women. The next executive director will build on this success, said officials.
Those interested in the position can review the requirements and application instructions at its website.