The board of directors of Florida Philanthropic Network has named David Biemesderfer as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2010. Biemesderfer succeeds Katie Ensign, who will join the Jessie Ball duPont Fund as a Senior Program Officer.
“The board is proud of the progress and success that FPN has experienced under Katie Ensign’s leadership,” said Jane Curran, Chair of Florida Philanthropic Network and Executive Director of The Florida Bar Foundation. “In appointing David Biemesderfer as FPN’s next President and CEO, the board is confident that it has chosen the best possible person to ensure that this progress and success continues unabated in the future.
“David has the skills and experience that the board was looking for in FPN’s next President and CEO. He brings a deep understanding of philanthropy, extensive expertise in all aspects of philanthropy associations, and the right blend of creativity, knowledge and tenacity needed to lead FPN in building philanthropy to build a better Florida.”
Biemesderfer has served as Vice President of Florida Philanthropic Network since January 2009. In his time at FPN, Biemesderfer has led the development and growth of FPN’s member programming and other member services, and has played a key leadership role in strengthening and expanding FPN’s communications, research and public policy efforts.
Prior to joining FPN, Biemesderfer spent four years as President of DJB Consulting Services, where he specialized in working with a wide range of foundations and philanthropy associations on strategic communications, accountability, ethics and governance issues. He also worked for 10 years at the Minnesota Council on Foundations, FPN’s colleague organization headquartered in Minneapolis, serving as Director of Communications and External Relations and then as Vice President of Communications and Information Services. In these roles, Biemesderfer managed the Council’s communications, research, information services, and government relations/public policy functions.
Biemesderfer has served on the board of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and on the national advisory committee for New Ventures in Philanthropy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.
Founded in 2001, Florida Philanthropic Network is a statewide association of grantmakers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education and public policy. Florida Philanthropic Network represents community, private, corporate, operating and family foundations and other grantmakers across the state that are committed to building philanthropy to build a better Florida.
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