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Elizabeth Sullivan announces her retirement as Managing Program Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

July 11, 2023

Elizabeth Sullivan, Managing Program Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP), has announced plans to retire in September 2023.

In her ten years with the Philanthropies, Elizabeth has been instrumental in development and implementation of MACP’s Quality of Life grantmaking, including early strategy for the organization’s International Health, Aging, and Family Stability funding, as well as the evolution of program strategies in its Animal Welfare grantmaking. She also led efforts to expand local giving and helped launch MACP’s Teachers & Students giving. Elizabeth was also the organization’s first Director of Operations and led a variety of programs along with MACP-wide change initiatives.

Prior to joining MACP, Elizabeth was Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and held various roles at The Kresge Foundation. Before beginning her philanthropy career, Elizabeth worked in aging services at the Detroit Medical Center and the Area Agency on Aging in Southeastern Michigan. She has served on multiple boards and previously completed terms as board chair of the Nonprofit Finance Fund in New York and the University Liggett School in Michigan.

Kurian Thomas, Vice President, Programs at MACP commented, “The impact Elizabeth has made at MACP is substantial. Her tenure at the Philanthropies came at a pivotal time of growth and change, and we will miss her unique ability to be a highly engaged leader while remaining strategic and forward-looking.”

MACP has initiated a search for Elizabeth’s successor in the Managing Program Director role with the help of recruiting partner Perrett Laver. Additional information is available on the Careers page of MACP’s website.