Lorie A. Slutsky, the longtime president of The New York Community Trust, has announced plans to retire in 2022 after a distinguished career leading one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations.
Slutsky, 68, is only the third president of The Trust in its 97-year history. Under her leadership, the foundation has awarded more than $5 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations while its assets have quadrupled to $3.2 billion.
During her tenure, The Trust has been at the forefront of important charitable activities in the city, region, and country.
“We would love to keep Lorie at the helm for another 30 years,” said Valerie S. Peltier, The Trust’s chair. “She has led us through a period of tremendous growth in our ability to support the important work of the city’s nonprofit organizations. Now, we will be focusing on completing a successful leadership transition that will ensure The Trust is ready for an exciting new chapter.”
Slutsky joined The Trust in 1977 as an intern, became a program officer the next year, and was named executive vice president in 1987.
She was appointed president in 1990 and has led The Trust in its patient work to enact systemic change in every aspect of city life, from education to the environment.
Slutsky has also organized responses to several regional crises, including the AIDS epidemic, September 11th, Superstorm Sandy, and the coronavirus pandemic.
“When you love a job—and live and breathe it as I have for these all these years—it is difficult to choose a time to retire, but now is the right time for me and The Trust,” Slutsky said. “We have an extraordinary staff and a great board with the right people to ensure that The Trust will continue to improve the city and the lives of the people who live here.
“It has been personally rewarding for me to work with so many wonderful staff members, donors, grantees, and philanthropic partners,” Slutsky said. “From day one, this has been a group effort. I’ve been honored to be a part of helping the city that I love.”
The Trust’s board will form a search committee and retain a search consultant to oversee a successful leadership transition.
The New York Community Trust connects past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all.
It is a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island.
For more information, visit nycommunitytrust.org.
Photo credit: Lorie A. Slutsky.