Celebrating Trista's Tenure at MCF, and Announcing Her Departure

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A message from June Noronha, MCF Board Chair:

Early this summer Trista informed the MCF Board of Directors of her intention to step down as MCF President to spend more time on the futurism in philanthropy work she developed as a Bush Fellow. She will publish a book on futurism this fall and plans on building an international practice around the issue. Her last day will be August 31, 2018. Through September, Trista will ensure a smooth transition for MCF.

Trista has been President of MCF for five years, and the board is grateful for her leadership and many innovative accomplishments during her tenure. She created a dynamic strategic vision for the organization, making diversity, equity and inclusion core to our work, and amplifying the philanthropy’s voice in public policy. Trista also grew the Ron McKinley Fellowship program and provided international thought leadership on futurism in philanthropy. We wish her the very best and look forward to her work on futurism leading to positive change in our communities.

The board will appoint Peg Birk as Interim President beginning September 4, 2018 while it begins the search for a new President. Peg is the Founder & CEO of Interim Solutions, which partners with boards of directors, staff and stakeholders to maximize leadership transitions.

Members will have a chance to provide well wishes to Trista at MCF’s annual Member Celebration on August 28th.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank you for your support of MCF. We are looking forward to a vibrant future together.

June Noronha
Board Chair


A message from Trista:

There are times in your life where the call to do something is strong. Sometimes it starts as a little voice in the back of your head or a tug in a new direction. I felt that tug more than 5 years ago, when I decided to apply for the position of MCF’s President. I had an inkling that MCF would be the sort of place where I could positively impact the field of philanthropy and our community. But I had no idea what sort of wild and rewarding journey this would be.

I am so proud of our organization’s progress from taking our diversity, equity and inclusion work to the next level, to strengthening philanthropy’s voice at the capital for the causes and communities we care so deeply about, to building philanthropy’s living room, a new space for connections and progress.

I am so grateful for the privilege of working with such a dedicated group of staff, members, board members, and volunteers who have done the hard work of re-imagining the power and potential of a 21st Century membership association.

We are in a time of significant transformation and acceleration and the world needs more people working to create a better future for us all. I am now feeling a new call to deepen my work imagining the future of doing good through writing, speaking, and consulting with visionaries and organizations that are ready to predict and share the future.

My decision comes at a time where I have the comfort of knowing that I leave MCF in capable hands. We have built an amazing staff, have a dedicated board of directors and a clear vision for our future after a strategic visioning process with our membership.

The future of philanthropy is at a crossroads of which MCF can play a fundamental role in shaping. I am so excited to see what is next for our organization and for our membership.

With gratitude,


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