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New president takes reins at Del. Community Foundation

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Stuart Comstock-Gay began work last week as Delaware Community Foundation’s new president and CEO. He succeeds longtime CEO Fred Sears, who retired in December.

“Stuart Comstock-Gay, the current president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Community Foundation, joins the DCF at a pivotal moment in our history,” said Marilyn R. Hayward, chair of the foundation’s board. “Stuart brings an esteemed national reputation fueled by a dynamic vision and passion as a proven leader with nearly 14 years of combined community foundation experience.”

Hayward said the foundation will focus on community engagement and civic leadership, while continuing to provide philanthropic services.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Delaware Community Foundation as it embarks on an exciting new direction,” Comstock-Gay said. “The DCF has the potential to play a key role in the future of the state, and it’s an honor and a privilege to help lead that effort.”

Comstock-Gay led the Vermont foundation for seven years. Before that, he worked as director of the Democracy Program at Demos, a public policy organization; executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston, and vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. He also spent 14 years with the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland, including 10 as executive director.

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