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Community Foundation President & CEO Announces Retirement

West Palm Beach, FL (May 18, 2020) – After seven years of dedicating his compassionate leadership to the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Brad Hurlburt, president and CEO, announced his retirement to the Board of Directors at their May 13 meeting.

Hurlburt will continue in his position through June of 2021 to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

"Brad has done an outstanding job building the organization into an invaluable resource for our community," said Sherry Barrat, board chair. "We celebrate the impact he has made and the collaborative culture he has built."

While at the Foundation, Hurlburt was steadfast in his commitment to position the Foundation as a trusted partner and civic leader in addressing community issues.

I'm extremely proud of the Foundation's contribution to our community during my tenure."

"I'm extremely proud of the Foundation's contribution to our community during my tenure," said Hurlburt. "The Board's leadership and direction helped support the creation of the Palm Beach County Food Bank and Achieve Palm Beach County; initiated the Great Give, a collaboration with Palm Beach County United Way that raised millions of dollars in unrestricted support for area nonprofits; established endowed funds totaling more than $4 million to support 60 plus nonprofits – many of whom had no endowment before the program; launched 'On the Table,' a community-wide listening program that gave everyone in the community a voice about pressing issues; initiated Census 2020 locally and across the state to assure that everyone is counted; and hosted a common application for all nonprofits and area funders for Hurricanes Michael, Dorian and COVID-19."

Hurlburt began his tenure with the Foundation in 2013. Under Hurlburt's leadership, combined assets have grown from $150 million in 2013 to more than $200 million at the end of 2019. The organization has invested more than $100 million in grants and scholarships in Palm Beach and Martin counties over its nearly 50-year history.

"This was the opportunity of a lifetime for me, and I will forever treasure partnering with outstanding board members, community leaders, donors, and organizations in our community that make a meaningful difference," said Hurlburt. "I know the board will choose a new leader who will maintain the Foundation's long-held values while taking it to new heights."

To build upon the expertise and high service levels the Community Foundation already provides, the board will engage a professional recruiting firm to lead a national search for the new CEO.

"Brad led the Foundation through a time of remarkable growth and change," said Julie Fisher Cummings, board chair-elect. "We salute his stewardship and dedication to our work."

City's racial and ethnic equality task force members revealed

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James revealed the names of those who will be a part of the city's new Racial and Ethnic Equality Task Force. The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties is humbled and honored CEO Brad Hurlburt and Board Chair Julie Fisher Cummings have been named task force members.