Jennifer Pope Baker announced she will step away as President of Women’s Fund, as of May 11, and will then serve as a consultant to the Women’s Fund Advisory Board while they partner with Central Indiana Community Foundation to identify the next leader. “For over 23 years, I have had the great pleasure to serve at the helm of Women’s Fund as we have grown from an interesting notion to a formidable force for change and I am proud of our transformative work,” said Baker. “I am looking forward to the challenge of stretching myself personally and professionally in new ways that will feed my soul and to continue to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Brian Payne, President and CEO of CICF, said, “Jennifer’s remarkable skills, vision and leadership have grown Women’s Fund in ways most of us never dreamed were possible. We look forward to supporting Jennifer in her next chapter as she continues to make a difference in the lives of others, and to supporting the next exciting chapter for Women’s Fund.” Tavonna Harris Askew, chair of the Women’s Fund Advisory Board, said, “We are extremely grateful for all Jennifer has accomplished for Women’s Fund over her amazing tenure. Many people may remember the large visible events, such as bringing Michelle Obama and other outstanding speakers to Indianapolis; but others know the myriad of small ways that Jennifer helped ensure that organizations serving women and girls in our community were able to keep operating, even during a pandemic. Every Women’s Fund leader who follows will build on the strong foundation Jennifer has built.”

An interim leader will be immediately named and a search for the next president of Women’s Fund will begin. Thank you for your continued support of Women’s Fund as we continue to mobilize people, ideas and investments so every woman and girl in our community has an equitable opportunity to reach her full potential.