Cynthia Andrews has been named the incoming president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, headquartered on Rt. 58 in Amherst Township.
She will begin Nov. 6.
Andrews was selected after a national search from nonprofit and foundation sectors to succeed current president Brian Frederick, who announced in March that he would retire after 19 years of service.
“Among a pool of exceptional candidates, Cindy’s ‘for-purpose’ approach in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors sets her apart,” said Farnaz Ansari Berna, chair of the board of directors. “What impressed me the most is her enthusiasm for the role, her passion for serving the community, and her collaborative spirit. Her corporate and nonprofit experience is invaluable, knowing the community and being a part of Lorain County is a tremendous asset.”
Andrews currently serves as executive director for Oberlin Community Services, a nonprofit that provides direct assistance, referrals, outreach services, and educational support to Oberlin, New Russia Township, and southern Lorain County residents.
During her time as executive director, she has focused on implementing sustainable programs in the community, including the WISE program that provides training and support for women to explore non-traditional careers or improve the quality and pay of a current career.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to head the Community Foundation of Lorain County. It’s a great opportunity to do community-centered work at a much broader scale with wider participation,’” said Andrews. “My first step involves asking key questions and then listening.”
Andrews has 26 years of experience at IBM, where she worked with the business and philanthropic community regionally from Cleveland. As IBM’s She has served on nonprofit boards, including Business Volunteers Unlimited, the Center for Families and Children, Oberlin Community Services, and the United Way of Cleveland, where she was named United Way Community Partner of the Year in 2009.
Andrews has lived in Oberlin since 2006 with her husband Geoff, two college-age children, and three rescue dogs.
Launched in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of 639 endowed funds valued at approximately $131 million. On average, $5.8 million is awarded annually in grants and scholarships to benefit Lorain County.