Gill Foundation Names Courtney Cuff as President and CEO

The Gill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading advocates of equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, announced today that Courtney Cuff has been named President and CEO of the foundation. A respected leader with a strong record of accomplishment over her 20-year career in the nonprofit sector, Cuff is currently CEO of the Denver-based Western Conservation Foundation.

Cuff will join the Gill Foundation in October, succeeding Tim Sweeney, who announced in September 2012 that he would step down this year to return home to San Francisco. Cuff’s appointment is the culmination of a national search led by the foundation’s board.

“Courtney’s entrepreneurial spirit, unique combination of advocacy and philanthropic experience, and relentless approach to fundraising make her a perfect fit to lead the Gill Foundation,” said Gill Foundation Founder and Chair Tim Gill. “This is a dynamic time for the LGBT movement, and we have found in Courtney a tenacious, innovative leader who can help us build on our momentum and take advantage of the remarkable new opportunities for progress that we’re experiencing.”

“The Gill Foundation’s thoughtful, strategic grantmaking has inspired transformational change in Colorado and nationally,” said Cuff. “I look forward to joining the talented staff and working with a diverse set of grantees to build on this impactful, important work toward equality.”

Cuff co-founded the Western Conservation Foundation, serving as CEO since 2007 and growing the organization to an $8 million budget, leaving a lasting impact on America’s public lands heritage.¬†Through her work at WCF, she served as a catalyst for social change by funding innovative state and federal campaigns that engaged unexpected voices, including people often left out of the conversation. WCF is now recognized for its work to build leaders for conservation.

Previously, she served as a strategic consultant to several private foundations and as Director for the Pacific Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association in California. She was Legislative Director for Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C.

Cuff graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she also was a scholarship athlete competing in golf. She completed an MBA executive course on social entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She lives in Denver with her fianc√©e, Jessica Newman.

Based in Denver, Colo., the Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights work. The foundation has invested more than $220 million since inception in organizations and programs to achieve its mission of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.