DALLAS (Nov. 28) – The board of governors of The Dallas Foundation, Texas’ oldest community foundation, announced today that it has unanimously selected Matthew Randazzo as the foundation’s next president and chief executive officer. Now CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), Randazzo will assume his new role mid-year 2018. Randazzo succeeds Mary Jalonick, who is retiring after 30 years of exemplary leadership.
The Dallas Foundation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer Helen Holman and former Dallas Foundation board member and nonprofit management consultant Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt will serve as interim co-presidents until Randazzo begins his full-time role with the foundation.
“This is an extraordinary time for the foundation and its donors,” said Jim Moroney, chairman of The Dallas Foundation’s board of governors. “Matthew is a remarkable leader with a track record of achievement and innovation who will inspire our donors and shape a bright future for the charitable causes that enhance our community.”
With more than $400 million in assets in more than 560 funds, The Dallas Foundation helps donors create charitable funds that reflect their interests and provide nonprofits with resources they need to serve the community.
“The Dallas Foundation has long been the heart of this community and is unparalleled in connecting donors with high-impact giving opportunities,” said Randazzo. “I’m honored to be joining the team.”
Randazzo was the front-runner in a large pool of highly qualified candidates and was selected for the position after an extensive national search, said Bobbitt.
“Matthew is a rising star with regard to national philanthropy, who also happens to call Dallas home. He respects our history and is, at the same time, forward-thinking. He is the right choice to lead The Dallas Foundation into a new era of impact,” Bobbitt noted.
As CEO at NMSI, Randazzo led the organization’s efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in communities across the country. He joined NMSI in 2014 as chief growth and strategy officer, responsible for planning and implementing NMSI’s external engagement strategies. Before joining NMSI, Randazzo served as founding president and CEO of Choose to Succeed and as chief growth officer for IDEA Public Schools.
“My work in education has been incredibly rewarding, and I look forward to focusing on the education issues championed by The Dallas Foundation,” said Randazzo. “But I’m also excited to have an opportunity to drive impact beyond that one sector.”
In 2016, Randazzo was named to the 10th class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship, a select group of leaders from the public, nonprofit and academic sectors dedicated to leading measurable improvements for children and families. The Fellows undergo a rigorous educational program calculated to equip them to lead on the national stage.
Randazzo earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies from Albion College in Michigan and his master’s in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Amanpreet Randazzo, a clinical psychologist, have one son.
About The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports the charitable causes of the city and county of Dallas. For more information, visit dallasfoundation.org.