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Kimberley Hutchinson Named DFN Executive Director

May 31, 2007, New York — It is with a great deal of pleasure that I report to you that the Disability Funders Network (DFN) board of directors has unanimously selected Kimberley A. Hutchinson to be the next executive director of DFN!

Kim’s appointment is the result of an extensive search conducted by Leadership Transitions – a leading nonprofit executive transition management firm. Their national outreach resulted in more than 75 candidates and three strong finalists to be DFN’s next leader. In the end, the board was most excited by Kim’s ideas and commitment to DFN’s future.

Some of you may have had the opportunity to collaborate with Kim during her tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer at Easter Seals Virginia or while she was the Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Virginia chapter). Kim is currently completing a short-term appointment as Director of Development at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Part of what makes Kim so well suited to assume leadership of Disability Funders Network is her ability to build organizations and engage multiple networks in the work of the disability community. The breadth of her work in the non-profit sector includes success in overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as providing leadership in developing long-term growth strategies, maximizing support from the community, and developing and implementing strategic political action. Prior to her career in the nonprofit sector, Kim served as Executive Vice President for TradeSource Construction, an international commercial real estate development and construction company that owned and built Doral Resorts around the world. She was also a lobbyist for the commercial construction industry and continues to maintain multiple connections in the private sector.

Kim’s civic and voluntary activities include serving on the Board of Directors for LEAD VIRGINIA and Chairing its Alumni Committee, the Corporate Development Summit, and Service Dogs of Virginia. Kim serves as an Advisory Council member for Women of Washington and Executive Women International, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives.

What I will add to her professional history is that she is a goal oriented person, with high performance expectations and a solid knowledge and connection to disability issues. She has a very positive reputation as an extraordinary networker. She is warm, friendly, and has a good sense of humor. She resides in Midlothian, VA, with her son Zachary, and is an avid golfer.

Given our vision of building DFN’s infrastructure, of developing new relationships in multiple sectors, and growing with fresh ideas and innovative solutions, we are especially proud of this selection and are excited about Kim’s appointment.

We thank Suzanne Maas of Leadership Transitions for her terrific contribution as Transition Consultant and Interim Executive Director. Kim will be taking the helm on June 11 and can be reached at execdir@disabilityfunders.org or at (703) 795-9646.

We look forward to continued partnership with you under our new leadership.

Irfan Hasan
Board of Directors
Disability Funders Network