Marilou Eldred, president of the Catholic Community Foundation since 2005, has announced her retirement, effective April 30.
The organization’s board of directors has named Anne Cullen Miller, currently the foundation’s vice president of finance and investments, as the next president effective May 1.
During her eight years as president, Eldred helped attract new donors and partners to the foundation, strengthened the capacity of the board and staff, and built collaborative relationships within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and dioceses throughout Minnesota, according to the foundation.
When Eldred assumed the presidency on January 1, 2005, the foundation managed assets of $138 million and managed 632 funds. Today, the foundation stewards assets of $198 million held in more than 1,000 funds.
“Marilou’s exceptional leadership has positioned the Catholic Community Foundation to serve the Church well into the future, creating a lasting legacy of charity for faithful Catholics and the ministries they support,” said Archbishop John Nienstedt, chair of the foundation’s board of directors.
“It is a great blessing to have the Catholic Community Foundation as a strong resource and partner for our local Church,” he added. “I am most grateful to Marilou for the commitment she has demonstrated to its mission, and for the outstanding progress that has occurred under her leadership.”
A graduate of Mundelein College in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in history, Eldred earned her master’s degree and doctorate in education administration from New York University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.
She received The Catholic Spirit’s Leading with Faith Award in 2010 and the Alexandrine Medal from the then-College of St. Catherine in 2005.
She and her husband Don and daughter Sarah live in St. Paul and are parishioners of Assumption.