Community Foundation announces Executive Team transitions

JACKSON, Wyo. — Yesterday, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced two new Executive Team transitions. Will Schwartz was hired as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer and Erin Lusins was promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

Meanwhile, Executive Vice President Karen Coleman, and Vice President of Philanthropic Services Amy Wheeler, will remain in their respective roles.

Schwartz is a third-generation Jacksonite, who brings a decade of leadership experience in programs, operations, finance and strategy to the Community Foundation. In his new role, Schwartz will work closely with the President and other Foundation staff members to develop the Foundation’s strategic direction, effectively manage office operations, grow human and capital resources, coordinate program development and execution and implement special projects and initiatives as needed.

Foundation President Laurie Andrews expressed her excitement regarding Schwartz’s new role and the responsibilities that he will take on.

“I am thrilled that Will is joining our staff,” said Andrews. “His extensive nonprofit expertise coupled with a deep understanding of the Jackson community will complement the skill set of our team.”

Previously, Schwartz served as the Chief of Staff at Summer Search, a national youth development nonprofit serving 4,000 students annually with eight offices and 150 employees across the country. There he led the creation and implementation of a 4-year, $80M+ strategic plan and executed a multitude of projects for the organization including building $1M in additional reserves and overhauling its internal financial structure to improve fundraising and decision-making.

Schwartz emphasized how this moment in particular is important for the town as the community emerges from the pandemic.

“Jackson is at an important moment…as we collectively face new opportunities and challenges,” said Schwartz. “As it has in the past, the Community Foundation will be at the center of shaping the Valley’s future. I’m thrilled to be returning to the place my family has called home for four generations, and I feel honored to receive this opportunity to work with such a fantastic team at the Foundation.”

After two years as the Foundation’s Director of Finance & Operations, Lusins will transition to the role of CFO. In her new role, she will implement the Foundation’s strategic goals and objectives, manage financial accounting and reporting, provide leadership through financial analysis and oversight, and collaboratively support donor relations and development as needed.

“I am honored and excited to step into the CFO role at the Community Foundation,” said Lusins. “I look forward to continuing in Karen’s amazing tradition of accountability, accuracy and transparency in all that we do. Our growing team brings so much capability and passion to our work, and we are better equipped than ever to help the Jackson community address our current and future needs.”

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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