The Sudbury Foundation trustees today announced the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Marilyn Martino who will complete her 28-year tenure with the Foundation at the end of the year.
Under Martino’s leadership, the organization has re-designed its funding priorities to include positive youth development and a resilient local food system, shifted from project grants to capacity building and general operating support, encouraged new and emerging nonprofit leaders while continuing to fund community needs in Sudbury and provide substantial college financial aid to local students.
Over the years, Martino worked in close partnership with the leaders of more than 300 local nonprofit organizations, and helped distribute close to $18 million in grants and more than $7 million in scholarships, primarily in the MetroWest communities surrounding Sudbury.
A long-time resident of Sudbury before recently moving to Hudson, Martino served as a program officer at the Foundation prior to being named executive director in 2006. She spent 11 years on the steering committee of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network, six as co-chair. She helped to establish the nonprofit, HOPEsudbury, created after the 9/11 tragedy, and served on the board for 16 years, nine as co-president. She is also a former board member of the Sudbury Education Resource Fund.
“Marilyn has excelled at collaboration, innovation and leadership and we are extremely grateful for all she has done,” said Board Chair Jill Stansky. “We have relied on her to be our ears into the community, to inspire our grantmaking and to further the Sudbury Foundation’s impact. We’ll miss her enthusiasm for our grant partners and their work, her commitment to supporting our underserved, often overlooked, neighbors in MetroWest, and her careful stewardship of the Foundation’s resources.”
The Foundation trustees have hired Kittleman & Associates to lead the search for the next executive director. More information will be available shortly.