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New Board Members Appointed to the CIC Board

Published: 02/16/2016

The CIC Board of Directors appointed three new members to fill vacancies on the board: Rebecca Hefner, Frank Ridzi and Sarah Treuhaft.  Appointed board members serve the remaining of the year and will likely stand for election for a regular three-year term at the end of the year.  With fifteen members, the board is now at full capacity and ready to take on 2016. 

The new board members bring a wealth of knowedge and experience to the board:

Rebecca Hefner joined the City of Charlotte as Community Research Manager in 2013. Her primary role is to facilitate the use of the Quality of Life Explorer by city departments and community partners to inform planning, program development, policy, and resident action. She also oversees Need A Speaker?, the city’s speakers bureau, working with city staff to increase the use of data in presentations and to open dat from various departments to the community. Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, Rebecca served as Senior Researcher for the Council for Children’s Rights where she promoted research-based policies and programs for children and families, and oversaw a child-focused community indicators project. Rebecca received her Masters of Public Administration from UNC Charlotte and her BFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Frank Ridzi is Director of Research and Community Initiatives at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and President of the Literacy Funders Network, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Frank has conducted research and written in the areas of literacy coalitions, sociology of work, and student affairs. His writings have appeared in such places as the Foundation Review, the Community Literacy Journal, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Review of Policy Research.

Frank directs the research, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Community Foundation’s proactive initiatives. He has worked for the Community Foundation since 2008, where he previously served as Program Officer for Community Initiatives.  

Frank holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. He also carries a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as Director for the Center of Urban and Regional Applied Research at Le Moyne College, where he still serves as Associate Professor of Sociology.

Sarah Treuhaft is Director of Equitable Growth Initiatives at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. She coordinates the organization’s work on demographic change and the economy, collaborating with local and national partners on research and action projects that aim to build a more equitable economy. She leads the All-In Cities initiative as well as the research partnership between PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California which maintains the National Equity Atlas data and policy tool. She has long been engaged in the movement to democratize data and empower community changemakers with relevant data and analysis. Sarah has been interviewed and cited for her research in local and national media outlets including the Washington Post, the National Journal, Next City, and the Sacramento Bee. She holds master's degrees in city planning and international and area studies from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa.


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