The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation has named a new president.
Jennifer Giovannitti, 48, was named the first woman to lead the foundation, which was established in 1944, according to a news release. She currently works as a community development manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in its fifth district, which includes Virginia and West Virginia.
Beginning in October, she will succeed William P. “Pat” Getty, who has led the foundation since 1999. He will continue to serve as a regional facilitator and become an emeritus member of the board of trustees, the release said.
“Her background gives her a deep understanding of the region the Benedum Foundation serves,” said Lloyd Jackson, Benedum board chair and former West Virginia state senator, in a prepared statement. “Her experience in working with regional and national partners, such as the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a great benefit. It is impossible to replace Pat Getty, but we know Jen will be the true leader in her own right that the foundation sought.”
Giovannitti has emphasized the role of data-driven decision-making in regional projects. Prior to 2011, she served as chief executive of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority and directed the West Virginia Wood Technology Center, among other roles…