Nov 2022

Seeking Input: Leadership Transition Update

As previously announced, Dr. Celine Coggins is working with the board of directors to identify the organization’s next executive director. See the board of directors’ announcement and letter from Celine here.

In order to find the best leader to fill this crucial role, Grantmakers for Education has selected the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, a leading national firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients and is deeply familiar with the fields of education and philanthropy. The process will be led by Karen Avery, a name familiar to many members from her prior work with member PBS Foundation and Edfunders' Arts Education Impact Group. Karen and the Isaacson, Miller team will work closely with EdFunders’ selection committee, made up of board and staff members. The process will include outreach to EdFunders members for assistance and support in finding the next visionary to lead our network through a new phase of our collective work to deepen education philanthropy's impact on the schools, districts, education systems and learners in the communities we serve.

We expect to be able to announce a new executive director in the second quarter of next year. Celine Coggins will continue to lead the organization in a part-time capacity after October through the end of 2022.

Members may reach out to Isaacson, Miller by contacting Karen Avery, partner ( or Shalini Uppu, senior associate ( You are also invited to share your priorities and recommend candidates here.