Norwalk, CT, November 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is pleased to welcome seven new members to its board of directors. All were recently elected to serve a three-year term. They include: Clay Fowler of Pound Ridge; Gerald M. Fox III of Stamford; Michelle Garvey and Don Kendall of Weston; Maya Tichio of Greenwich; Briggs Tobin of Ridgefield; and Bruce Winningham of Old Greenwich. With a combined history of extensive leadership in the business community and active involvement in local and national nonprofits, they will empower the Community Foundation to make an even greater impact throughout the region.
Clayton Fowler, a Pound Ridge resident, is a founding partner of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Mr. Flower has over 30 years of experience in acquisition, development, construction and management of commercial and residential projects. He is a leading advocate of affordable housing and has served on affordable housing committees and study groups throughout Fairfield County. He currently serves on the Boards of the Housing Development Fund of Lower Fairfield County, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the Maritime Aquarium.
Gerald M. Fox, III, a Stamford resident, has practiced law for over twenty years as a partner with the law firm Fox & Fox and is the newly elected Stamford Probate Judge. He currently serves on the Boards for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and St. Josephs Parenting Center. Gerald is a 2012 recipient of the Stamford Hands for Life Outstanding Community Service Award and was recognized by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has repeatedly honored him for his work in passing legislation strengthening Connecticut’s drunk driving law.
Michelle K. Garvey, a Weston resident, is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Ann Inc., one of the leading specialty retailers for fashionable women’s clothing, serving clients across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Ms. Garvey previously held CIO positions with Warnaco, Brooks Brothers, Memberworks, and Sportmart, with additional experience at retailers such as Crate and Barrel, the Registry Stores, and Ames Department Stores, after starting her career in consulting with Arthur Andersen.
Don Kendall Jr., a Weston resident, is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating startups as well as turnaround companies. Don co-founded both American Restaurants, which today has over $1 billion in sales, and hotwire.com, now part of Expedia. More recently, Don has focused on philanthropy and was a driving force in the creation of Social Venture Partners Connecticut, a Field of Interest fund at the Community Foundation. Under the SVP model of engaged venture philanthropy, members pool their resources to help nonprofits increase their impact. Don currently serves on the Boards of SVP Connecticut and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Maya Tichio, a Greenwich resident, has extensive banking industry experience and was previously a Vice President of Global Principal Investments at Deutsche Bank Asset Management. Maya has also held positions at AEW Capital Management and JPMorgan Chase. She holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Briggs Tobin, a Ridgefield resident, has 25 years of global M&A legal practice experience, including 15 years in a large, multi-national corporation. He is the CFO for Ridgefield Academy and previously held positions as Senior Counsel at GE Company and Partner at McKenna, Long & Aldridge. Briggs’s charitable activities include serving on the Yale Alumni Schools Committee and Emory School of Law Public Interest Committee. He also serves on the Ridgefield Historic District Commission, works with Pro Bono Partnership, Habitat for Humanity and is a guest lecturer at UPenn and Emory Law Schools.
Bruce Winningham, an Old Greenwich resident, is a co-founding consultant and current partner at NorthStar Partners Inc. where he leads initiatives focused on the convergence of business model innovation, rapid technology discovery, disruptive demand creation and profitable path-to-market solutions. Bruce held marketing management positions at Sara Lee, Kraft and Tambrands, including executive roles as Division President and Vice President of Acquisitions. He received community awards for his role as co-founder and president of a nonprofit corporation that provides support to families of soldiers deployed to the Iraq/Afghanistan war zone.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $185 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.FCCFoundation.org.