Annie E. Casey Foundation promotes executive VP Lisa Hamilton to be its next CEO

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Lisa Hamilton, newly appointed CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo via press handout.

The head of the city’s largest charitable foundation is stepping down, and the organization is promoting from within to replace him.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s board of trustees announced today that its CEO, Patrick McCarthy, will soon retire after 25 years with the charity, including almost nine as its leader. McCarthy, a career social worker and mental health specialist, has made a point of prioritizing racial and ethnic equity for the foundation during his time there, and has guided more investment toward the foundation’s existing, proven programs, the board said in a release.

He first joined the foundation in 1994 to manage its $20 million Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children, and rose through the ranks before he was appointed president in 2010.

Succeeding him will be Lisa Hamilton, who’s been with the foundation since 2011 and was made executive vice president and chief program officer last year.

Hamilton is credited with starting the foundation’s annual Race for Results report comparing outcomes for children of different races and ethnicities, as well as increasing attention on data collection as an advocacy tool and helping to expand the organization’s leadership programs, among other work, per a release.

“Lisa is an enormously talented leader who brings a deep understanding of the needs of kids and families, and she is the ideal leader to build on the terrific accomplishments of Patrick McCarthy,” said board chair Michael Eskew in a statement. “Her ability to use research and data to develop innovative strategies, and partner with communities and decision makers to spread what works, will enable the Foundation to help all children realize their potential.”

Started in 1948 in Seattle by UPS founder Jim Casey and his siblings, the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on improving well-being for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. Its annual Kids Count Data Book in particular is considered a veritable resource for local, state and national data on children’s educational, economic and physical well-being.

The foundation reported $2.65 billion in net assets last year. Its endowment reportedly derives from UPS wealth.

The organization moved to Baltimore in 1994, and is based at 701 St. Paul St., with other buildings in the neighborhood.It undertook a renovation of its headquarters last year. The foundation regularly donates to local causes, particularly ones supporting Baltimore’s youth.

Hamilton worked for UPS for 14 years, last serving as its vice president of corporate public relations, before joining Annie E. Casey in 2011. She also served as a board trustee for three years prior.

She’ll start as CEO and president on Jan. 1, 2019.

“I look forward to building on our efforts to score victories for children when I step into this new role,” she said in a statement.

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