SLO County Community Foundation director to head state group

Barry VanderKelen
Barry VanderKelen

Barry VanderKelen, executive director of the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, has been elected chair of the League of California Community Foundations for 2013 and 2014.

According to a press release, the statewide association of 29 community foundations fosters collaboration and learning opportunities for members. Together they manage nearly $8 billion in assets and each year distribute about $720 million in grants and receive more than $725 million in gifts.

The local community foundation has granted more than $20 million since its founding in 1998.

Under VanderKelen’s leadership, the statewide association will strive to address their communities’ current and future needs such as the environment, arts, housing, job development, education, health and transportation, the press release noted.

VanderKelen, with more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, has taught "Philanthropy" and "Management of Nonprofit Organizations" at Saint Mary's College and Loyola Marymount University. He has a doctorate from UCLA and is a fellow of the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.