Join us on Thursday, November 30, 2023, for a LUNCH (12:00-1:30pm) meeting at The Phoenix, for a presentation by Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO, Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Armed with experience leading Texas’ first community foundation, as well as years advancing educational equity, new CEO tackles the question: How can GCF meet this moment and beyond?
For Matthew Randazzo, balance is key. Maintaining it is essential to his success and satisfaction as a business leader, philanthropist and family man.
That sense of equilibrium will be foundational in his position as president and CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), the region’s leading community foundation. Randazzo stepped into the role on July 17 following a robust nationwide search to name a successor to Ellen Katz.
Randazzo was drawn to that opportunity, and responsibility, to change lives by building on the deep relationships GCF has grown over its 60 years with donors, partners and the community. GCF’s track record on leading community improvement, advancing equity and finding scalable solutions is leading-edge in community philanthropy, he said.
While he was president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation, a $570 million community foundation, the organization achieved record growth in assets under management and annual contributions, nearly tripling annual revenue and doubling annual grantmaking.
Prior to leading The Dallas Foundation, Randazzo spent 15 years in educational equity. As CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), he and his team focused on creating opportunities for children in poverty, low-income students and the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, keenly aware that for too many children the quality of their education is inextricably linked to their ZIP code. Here, too, he seized the opportunity to scale. Launched as a collection of three Dallas-based organizations, NMSI is now a national force across 34 states.
In his ongoing pursuit of balance – excitement with rigor, growth with sustainability, strategic vision with tactical execution – Randazzo’s move to GCF provides balance, too, in his personal life. He and his wife, Gitu – who immigrated from India to pursue her doctorate education and runs a successful psychology practice – are thrilled to raise their 8-year-old son, Grayson, in the Midwest.
This week we will have Backyard BBQ Buffet.