PB Area Community Foundation gets new executive director

Kelli Kennedy recently accepted the position of executive director of Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, a local affiliate office of Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF).

Kennedy will fill the position vacated by outgoing executive director, Chris Castoro, who retired last fall after 10 years of service to the Community Foundation.

“Kelli has already proven herself to be an energetic and hardworking leader with enthusiasm for the work of the foundation, and we are pleased to have her on our staff,” said Heather Larkin, ARCF president and chief executive officer.

“Chris Castoro has been an outstanding executive director and advocate for the community foundation, and although we’re sad to see him go, we’re confident that Kelli will take up the torch.”

Kennedy earned an associate’s degree from Southeast Arkansas College and is completing a bachelor’s degree in regulatory science/environmental biology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She currently serves as the director of Pine Bluff Clean & Beautiful Commission and has previously worked as a medical transcriptionist and office manager for several local businesses. She has completed a volunteer internship at the Delta Rivers Nature Center and is a new member of the Kiwanis Club.

The Community Foundation’s new office address will be located at Suite 225A in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Building, 211 W. Third Ave. Kennedy can be reached at 870-850-7934 or pinebluffarea@arcf.org.

Arkansas Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in our state and collaborates with individuals, families and organizations to build local communities through philanthropy. ARCF ended fiscal year 2012 with more than $150 million in assets and has provided more than $98 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax-deductible.