Foundation CEO Peggy O’Shea announces retirement

Foundation President and CEO Peggy O’Shea announced she will retire at the end of the year at The Foundation’s annual event May 29, at the RCIL Dorothy Smith Center.

“The Foundation has achieved tremendous growth in the past few years, and our annual event is a way to share that with our partners,” O’Shea said. “It is fitting for me to be able to announce my retirement at this time as The Foundation begins the next phase of its journey in social impact, investment and partnership.”

O’Shea has served as President and CEO of The Foundation for nine years. She has been employed with The Community Foundation since 2000 and made the transition from Senior Program Officer to President and CEO in 2005. Under her leadership, The Foundation transitioned from responsive grantmaker to social impact investor. Also under O’Shea’s guidance, The Foundation earned the Council on Foundation’s National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the most rigorous standard for philanthropy.

She is a magna cum laude graduate of SUNYIT at Utica-Rome from where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She also has completed the University of Wisconsin’s Certification Program for Excellence in Not-for-Profit Management and the Indiana University School of Philanthropy’s Certificate Program in Fundraising and the Council on Foundations Program on Community Foundation Leadership.

O’Shea previously has served on the board of the Funders Alliance of Upstate New York, the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks and as president of the Hospice Foundation Board. She currently is a member of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield  Advisory Board of Directors. She also served as a member of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council in 2011.