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Jeff R. Pickering to Join Foundation as President and CEO

Chairman of the Board Judi McCarthy announced that Jeffrey R. Pickering has been selected as President and CEO of the Kern Community Foundation (KCF) effective April 5, 2010.

Describing the incoming CEO McCarthy stated, "The Board is enthusiastic about introducing Jeff Pickering to the community. Jeff brings the skill set and experience necessary to lead the Kern Community Foundation to the next level of service to donors, nonprofits, and the Kern Community." From 2004 to 2008, Pickering served as vice president for Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation of Central Florida (CFCF) in Orlando. With his guidance, CFCF's assets grew from $26 million to $55 million, 200 named funds were added, and $12 million in grants were distributed. In addition, Pickering developed and launched the foundation's Professional Advisor Network and also led an initiative to raise CFCF's public profile as a home for local philanthropists.

Pickering's career includes leadership roles as a grantmaker, administrator, and fundraiser. He holds a Masters degree in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida, and a certificate in management from the Crummer Graduate School of Management at Rollins College. Pickering is also an alumnus of the Vincentian Service Corps.

The announcement of Pickering's hiring followed a reopened CEO search that generated considerable interest and a high level of competition for this position. In a process facilitated by San Francisco firm Rusher Loscavio Executive Search, the position was advertised locally but also drew candidates from outside California.

In October 2009, Fred Drew stepped down as CEO after succeeding Noel Daniells, who retired after seven years of Foundation leadership in December 2008.

The Kern Community Foundation is a public charity that promotes philanthropy, offers services to donors, and provides technical assistance and grants to Kern County nonprofits. The Foundation holds nearly $13 million in assets and has made grants of more than $6 million since 1999.

Pickering will be available for interview on Monday, April 5, at the Kern Community Foundation office. For further information regarding Jeff, please contact Judi McCarthy, Board Chair, at 661. 303. 8408 or judi@lightspeedsystems.com.

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