The Board of Directors of Community Initiatives is pleased to announce the selection of Theresa Fay-Bustillos as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Theresa joins Community Initiatives on July 1 from Ideal Philanthropy & Sustainability, where she has been Managing Director for the past four years. Ideal Philanthropy & Sustainability is a global consultancy specializing in strategic planning, research, and measurement to help foundations, donors, nonprofits and businesses achieve social change and advance social justice.
Prior to founding Ideal Philanthropy, Theresa held positions as a senior consultant with the International Finance Corporation; dual roles as Vice President, Worldwide Community and Corporate Sustainability for Levi Strauss & Company and Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation; and as Vice President of Legal Programs for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF.)
Theresa holds a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, a supervising trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a managing attorney with the Law Offices of Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak and Baller. Theresa also has been an administrative law judge with the State of California Office of Administrative Hearings and an adjunct faculty lecturer at the University of Southern California Law School.
Theresa currently serves on the Boards of the Christensen Fund, MALDEF, California Women’s Foundation, and Fair Trade USA. She was selected as one of the Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times and has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative Retreat, among other honors.
We are fortunate to have found someone with such a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience as well as a demonstrated commitment to projects that benefit the community. We are confident that Theresa will successfully lead Community Initiatives as we continue to provide high quality fiscal sponsorship in service to great ideas.
We also would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing President & CEO Melanie Beene, who is leaving Community Initiatives to return to her consulting practice. Over the last seven years, Melanie has built a strong team and infrastructure that has enabled Community Initiatives to become a leader in the field of fiscal sponsorship. We deeply appreciate Melanie’s hard work, dedication, and leadership.
Please join us in welcoming Theresa and wishing Melanie a fond farewell.