New & Noteworthy...
On behalf of the board of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, I am pleased to announce that Sara Slaughter has been selected to be the
Foundation’s next Executive Director, replacing Tony Smith who was appointed Illinois State Superintendent of Education earlier this month. We are delighted to call Tony a partner, and we know that Tony’s kindness, passion, and drive for equity and inclusion will make him a great success in his new role.
Sara’s commitment to children and communities is a fantastic match with the Stone Foundation’s mission, and we are excited about the opportunity for her to partner with our grantees and other community leaders to advance that great work. Sara comes to us from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. As the Director of McCormick’s Education Program, she was charged with overseeing more than $50 million in grants over the last ten years and building a system of quality early education, birth to third grade. Sara is a thought leader in early care and education, chairing the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, participating in the recent White House Summit on early childhood education, and serving on the board of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, among many other distinguished roles. She has deep relationships with many great leaders in our field, and we are looking forward to providing space to multiply, strengthen, and build those relationships in service of children, families and communities.
Sara will be joining the Foundation by June 1, and we could not be more excited for her to begin working with us and continue her work with leaders in education, early childhood, and youth development. There are many great opportunities ahead.
Sandra Stone, President