Lisa Gurwitch has been named president and chief executive officer of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity formed by the apparel and children’s industries. She begins next month.
In April, Kids in Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation merged to become K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and has been searching for a permanent leader. The charity focuses on donations of new apparel, home and children’s products.
“It is an honor to be selected to lead K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, with its dedicated board, staff, partners and supporters, all of whom share a passion for helping to alleviate the effects of poverty and disaster,” said Gurwitch. “I look forward to developing additional resources and visibility to multiply our efforts, especially during 2015 as we commemorate the milestones of 30 years of K.I.D.S. and 10 years of Fashion Delivers’ impact.”
“Lisa is the perfect leader to take K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers forward,” added board cochairman Allan Ellinger. “Our merger takes advantage of efficiencies and offers a greater range of aid to people in need, and she can help plan a highly sustainable future for us.”
Joel Newman has been serving as interim president and managing the organization since the merger. He led the search for the new president and ceo.
Most recently, Gurwitch was senior vice president for Institutional Advancement and External Relations at World Learning, where she spearheaded efforts to cultivate strategic partnerships with donors, foundations and corporations. Earlier, she spent 18 years in various roles at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. She served as executive director. Before entering the philanthropy profession, Gurwitch practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago, specializing in commercial real estate and financial transactions.