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Essex County Community Foundation announces new trustees

Essex County Community Foundation announces new trustees
Press Release
Friday, July 3, 2015

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Jim A. Rullo and Moira McNamara James have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their strong knowledge of the local community, record of charitable service and fiscal responsibility. Rullo and James are joining ECCF at a pivotal point in the Foundation’s history, as the focus shifts to improving donor services, assessing community needs and asset development. ECCF is poised to become a $100 million foundation by the year 2020.

“Jim’ and Moira’s collective experience as community leaders in the nonprofit sector will be crucial as the Foundation makes important changes to raise our impact on Essex County,” said Jonathan Payson, chairman of ECCF’s board of trustees. “We are looking forward to having them both fulfill key roles on the board.”

Moira McNamara James

Moira McNamara James has nearly 30 years of experience as a nonprofit adviser and trustee, concentrating on education, governance, and fundraising. Currently, she is chair of the board of trustees at the Landmark School in Beverly and is also a trustee emerita of her alma mater, Wesleyan University, where she served as Vice Chair of the Board until she retired in 2006. Previously, she served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, an organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to strengthening the performance of boards of public and private higher education.

She is a founding member of The Brain Tumor Society and is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research, cycling the Pan Mass Challenge for the past 18 years and raising over $85,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. An accomplished and award-winning broadcast journalist and freelance producer, she lives in Marblehead with her husband, Lance. The couple has four grown children.

“I want to be personally engaged in the county where I live, where I raised my family and where I work,” said James. “There are few more satisfying vehicles for doing that than the Essex County Community Foundation. ECCF is in the business of promoting a richer and better life for the citizens of Essex County and I can’t wait to be a part of that.”

“Moira’s longtime experience in the nonprofit sector and her background in broadcast journalism make her a valuable addition to the ECCF board, particularly at a time when the Foundation is undergoing some transformative changes,” said Dave Edwards, ECCF’s president and CEO.

Jim A. Rullo

Jim Rullo retired in 2014 as a Senior Vice President and partner from Wellington Management Company, LLP, a $900 billion investment management firm in Boston where he worked for over 20 years. At Wellington, he headed a team of 20 investment professionals in the Quantitative Investment Group, managing more than $30 billion in assets for a global client base of corporate, sovereign government and nonprofit clients. Most recently, as global strategist for the firm, he had primary spokesperson responsibility for a $90 billion mutual fund family client. He holds a BS in Finance from Boston University and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Babson College.

He is a member of the board of trustees at Babson and chairs the investment committee at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Previously, he served on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. He lives in Andover with his wife, Eileen. They are the parents of high school- and college-age sons.

“The Essex County Community Foundation touches a lot of organizations that I am familiar with and fond of,” said Rullo. “I look forward to working with the entire ECCF board to help the Foundation continue to make positive changes in Essex County.”

“Jim has a wealth of knowledge that we really feel will assist ECCF in managing its growing assets,” said Edwards. “As we shift our focus more toward asset development, we will depend on that type of knowledge to maintain our fiscal health in an ever-changing market.”

Jim and Moira, who fill the roles of retiring ECCF trustees, Karen Ansara and Allan Huntley, began their terms on the ECCF board of trustees July 1. They join 15 other trustees who are continuing their service: Mollie Byrnes, Benjamin Chigier, Steven P. Cohen, Matthew Doring, Theresa Ellis, Benny Espiallat, Robert R. Fanning, Jr., Tracy Filosa, Susan J. Gray, John H. Knowles, Jr., Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey, Board Chair Jonathan Payson, Maureen Pompeo, Richard L. Sumberg and Kevin M. Tierney, Sr.

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