Kittleman & Associates will lead the search for Rasmuson Foundation's new president and CEO. The national firm focuses exclusively on nonprofit CEO searches.

For immediate release
July 13, 2022
Contact: Lisa Demer, 907-545-3555
ldemer@rasmuson.org

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska’s largest private grantmaker, is launching a nationwide search for a new president and CEO, following Diane Kaplan’s recent announcement that she is ending her 27-year-tenure as CEO in the first quarter of 2023.

As part of its succession planning process, the Foundation has hired Kittleman & Associates, a national search firm that specializes in the recruitment of CEOs for public charities and grantmaking foundations, to lead the search for a new president and CEO. Kittleman recruits leaders for the entire nonprofit sector including philanthropy, human services, health care, advocacy and cultural organizations, among others.

“As the board of Rasmuson Foundation considered firms to partner with on this important endeavor, we needed to select a firm that understands not only the foundation community, but also the challenge in finding the right successor to Diane’s long tenure and extraordinary leadership,” said Adam Gibbons, Rasmuson Foundation board chair.  “Kittleman’s unique approach, their focus on an inclusive process, their appreciation of Alaska’s distinct cultural resources — particularly in rural Alaska, and their track record of successfully working with peer organizations were critical to our selection.”

The search will be led by Cory King, Kittleman president & CEO, and Victoria (Tori) Morrow, senior associate, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation board.  King focuses on CEO searches across the nonprofit sector, with a particular emphasis on grantmaking foundations, social services, cultural institutions and conservation organizations. He has partnered with foundations with assets over $1.5 billion and has assisted many organizations that are transitioning after a long-term, legacy leader.  Morrow has worked with King on many complex CEO engagements over her eight-year tenure with the firm.

“We are honored to be partnering with Rasmuson Foundation at this critical time,” King said.  “The impact of the Foundation has been felt across Alaska over the past 30 years, and Diane’s leadership has been integral to its success. We know the task ahead of us is not going to be easy, but we are confident that this partnership will identify the right leader to continue the deep tradition and innovative approach that have been hallmarks of the organization for decades.”

Kittleman and the board are beginning their preliminary work together and anticipate beginning recruitment this summer.  For any inquiries related to this search, please contact Tori Morrow, senior associate, at vmorrow@kittlemansearch.com.

[Download press release: Foundation board announces CEO search process 07132022]

About Kittleman & Associates
Founded in 1963 in Chicago, Kittleman & Associates is a national executive search firm that specializes in the recruitment of CEOs for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, public charities and philanthropic organizations. Kittleman also has offices in Denver, Philadelphia and Boston.  For more information visit www.kittlemansearch.com.

 About the Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation aims to promote a better life for all Alaskans. Main funding areas are health care; the arts; organizational and community development; human services including projects to address domestic violence, child abuse and services for seniors and people with disabilities; and solutions to homelessness. Affordable, accessible broadband is a new area of interest. The Foundation was created in 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson, a Swedish missionary, to honor her late husband, banker E.A. Rasmuson.

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