Community Foundation names new president and CEO

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has named River Forest resident Kristin Carlson Vogen president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 14.

Vogen most recently served as senior philanthropic specialist at Bank of America/U.S. Trust in the philanthropic solutions group, according to a community foundation news release. In that position she spearheaded acquisition of new philanthropic assets in 11 states in the upper Midwest region.

Vogen has experience in private foundations, donor advised funds and endowment management for public charities, according to the news release. She previously served as assistant director, planned giving for the Evangelical Church in America Foundation.

Vogen serves on the boards of both The Cara Program, a nonprofit that fights poverty and homelessness, and the Roosevelt Middle School Parents Instrumental Music Association in River Forest.

She also is chairman of the Kids Advisory Committee and a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee for WTTW/WFMT and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Chicago Foundation for Women. She is a past member PAC for the Chicago Community Trust and currently serves on the trust's Advisory Council for Giving in Chicago.

Vogen got a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University.

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization, holds $58 million in assets.


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Howard Wax from River Forest  

Posted: July 14th, 2014 10:11 PM

I agree with Laura. Excellent choice!

Laura from Oak Park  

Posted: July 7th, 2014 10:34 PM

The Community Foundation has made an excellent choice. Kristin brings a huge amount of talent and a true commitment to our community. Congratulations!

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