HARTFORD — During its April board meeting, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy elected Elaine V. Mintz, vice president of operations, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, as its new board chair to succeed outgoing chair Kathryn Luria, senior vice president of community affairs and director of philanthropy, Webster Bank.

“We are delighted to welcome Elaine Mintz as our new board chair,” said CCP President Karla Fortunato. “Elaine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the public and nonprofit sectors. She deeply understands philanthropy, nonprofits, and government, and how they can work together for greater impact. We are very fortunate to have her leadership as CCP helps guide our members, and the nonprofits they support, through these uncertain times.”

“I’m excited and honored to serve as Chair of CCP’s amazing board, said Elaine Mintz. “CCP is doing critical work to connect and coordinate philanthropic resources to address the challenges facing our state. Given the current Covid-19 crisis, CCP’s leadership is needed now more than ever.”

Also joining CCP’s executive board leadership are:

Vice Chair Tiffany Donelson, vice president of programs, Connecticut Health Foundation

Secretary Lauren Patterson, president and CEO, New Canaan Community Foundation

Treasurer Paul Suter, vice president of operations, Children’s Fund of Connecticut

In addition, CCP welcomes six newly elected members to the Board of Directors:

R. David Addams, executive director, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Joseph Rivero Baker, vice president for finance and administration, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Mary Kay Curtiss, partner, BlumShapiro

Jill Hutensky, senior vice president, Hartford market manager, Bank of America

Judy Hartling, civic affairs lead analyst, civic affairs for Cigna Foundation, Cigna

Susan Thomas, president, Melville Charitable Trust

“This new class of board members brings extensive experience, diverse perspectives, and valuable expertise to our leadership. I look forward to working with our board and the CCP membership to support Connecticut philanthropy and the communities we serve,” said CCP’s President Karla Fortunato. “We extend our deepest thanks to our six outgoing board members, and are grateful to Kathryn Luria of Webster Bank for her leadership, chairing the board during CCP’s 50th Anniversary year and a period of organizational transformation.”

CCP recognizes retiring Board Members for their service:

Paul Ballasy, partner, CohnReznick LLP

Janice Elliott, recently retired president, Melville Charitable Trust

Kathryn Luria, senior vice president of community affairs and director of philanthropy, Webster Bank

Richard Porth, president and CEO, United Way of Connecticut

Judy Rozie-Battle, recently retired senior vice president, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Fahd Vahidy, advisor, Graustein Family Office

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the state’s association of grantmakers, promotes and supports effective philanthropy for the public good. In 2020, CCP is looking forward to the next 50 years, after having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. CCP membership includes foundations, business and corporate giving programs, individual philanthropists, and those serving the philanthropic sector. CCP members annually grant more than $1.3 billion from assets of more than $9.5 billion. Learn more at www.CTphilanthropy.org.

Connecticut Media Group