CEO Transition News & Updates

A letter from Rena Coughlin,

Dear valued colleagues and friends,

I have some news I want to personally share with you.  I recently informed the Board of the Nonprofit Center that I plan to retire in December 2023.

Because of our critical work strengthening the local sector, the Nonprofit Center Board will carry out a transition process that provides you with confidence in its integrity and outcome. Our current Board Chair Lisa V. Johnson and former Board Chair John Hirabayashi will co-chair the Leadership Transition Committee overseeing the selection of our next CEO. They are already at work and the Nonprofit Center will keep you informed of next steps and progress, and wwelcome your input and support from you throughout this transition.

In the 18 years as CEO of the Nonprofit Center, we have built an organization that now has 350 nonprofit members and provide advocacy and resources to the large, diverse, and powerful nonprofit community in Northeast Florida. I’m extremely proud of the Nonprofit Center’s accomplishments over the past two decades, but prouder still of the work we do together each day in the nonprofit sector.

The founders of the Nonprofit Center explicitly drew a connection between a healthy independent sector and a healthy civic society. The Nonprofit Center has never wavered on our mission to work solely to strengthen the local sector and I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the dedication we have to our community.  I’m looking forward to the months ahead as the Nonprofit Center stays focused on our mission to strengthen, connect and advocate for the local nonprofit community.  Please let me know if you have any questions (or advice!).  Thank you for your continued support of the Nonprofit Center.

All my best,

Rena Coughlin

Meet the Transition Committee

  • Lisa V. Johnson, Current Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Board Chair, Represents the private sector.
  • John Hirabayashi, Former Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Board Chair, Foundation Member.
  • Tim Conner, Current Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Board Member & Immediate Past Board Chair, Attorney
  • Velma Monteiro Tribble, Former Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Board Chair, Philanthropist
  • Maria Hane, Former Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Board member, Former CEO of a member organization.
  • Peter Racine, Funder of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida and Give & Go program.

How to Apply

The Nonprofit Center connects, strengthens, and advocates for a strong nonprofit community.

The Nonprofit Center is a vital support system for local nonprofits. The Nonprofit Center serves all 501(c)3 organizations located in Northeast Florida, especially its 350+ nonprofit members.The Nonprofit Center is a respected and powerful resource and advocate for the local nonprofit sector, acting as a voice for nonprofit organizations, a convener of nonprofit coalitions, initiatives, and other emerging and influential sector groups, the host of workshops on nonprofit management and organizational and leadership development, a source for expert information on topics including governance, legal, fundraising, strategic, human resources, and accounting issues, and an aggregator of resources for the nonprofit community.

The Nonprofit Center is an equal opportunity employer, and a diverse slate of applicants is sought. The ideal leader will combine a passion for enabling a thriving nonprofit sector with significant nonprofit sector knowledge, organizational development experience, and business acumen.

Upcoming Trainings

Resources for CEO Transitions

Is your organization going through a leadership transition? Below you can access several templates that may be able to help your organization.