Diane Bell-McKoy departs Associated Black Charities after 16 years

Diane Bell-McKoy departs Associated Black Charities after 16 years

Diane Bell-McKoy, an outspoken advocate for Baltimore's Black community as leader of Associated Black Charities, has left the nonprofit after 16 years.

ABC officials said Monday the nonprofit will launch a national search for Bell-McKoy's successor. Heidi Arndt, who served as the departed CEO's chief of staff, will serve in the role of interim CEO. The search process for a permanent CEO will be led by Tawana Bhagwat, chair of ABC's board of directors.

"We are grateful for the steady leadership and experience that Diane brought to the agency," Bhagwat said in a statement announcing the news. "Diane has been a great advocate for racial equity in Maryland and has given years of dedicated service to the organization."

ABC will celebrate Bell-McKoy's tenure at its in-person fundraising gala on June 10. ABC staff, supporters and sponsors will gather "to uplift their work towards closing the racial wealth gap in Maryland," the nonprofit said. ABC focuses on education, policy design and strategies to eliminate the impact of structural racism. The nonprofit listed $22 million in grants and contributions in its 2019 Form 990 federal tax filing and $5.06 million in total assets. That year was the latest filing with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Source: Baltimore Business Journal


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