Renée Byng Yancey Enters as President and CEO of CFNOVA

Renée Byng Yancey Enters as President and CEO of CFNOVA

Washington, D.C. (January 29, 2024) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia welcomes Renée Byng Yancey as President and CEO. January 29, 2024, marks her first day in the role. 

Yancey’s expertise includes more than 30 years of philanthropic work in community foundation,  higher education, and membership association settings. Most recently, she was the Chief External Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), where her responsibilities included leading the research, marketing, communications, and membership functions. Her previous experience includes serving as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Equal Measure, Vice President of the Council on Foundations, Diversity Faculty Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Washington State University Vancouver, and Development Director at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

Yancey earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Eastern University and her master’s degree in the science of instruction from Drexel University. She received an honorary doctorate from Peirce College in 2021, where she currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. 

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 

Founded in 1978, the Community Foundation has been the premier charitable partner trusted by thousands of generous Northern Virginians for decades. Our mission is to advance equity through philanthropy and community leadership. 

Comprised of donor advised funds, permanent funds, giving circles, and other charitable endowments, the Community Foundation’s vision is to build a community that works for everyone. Our Community Foundation serves the entire region, including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

For more information, please visit www.cfnova.org.

About Sterling Martin Associates 

Sterling Martin Associates (SMA) is a leading specialty national search firm conducting chief executive-level searches for associations and nonprofit organizations. SMA has built an outstanding reputation by providing impeccable service to its clients and by placing exceptional talent in associations and nonprofits. Based primarily in Washington, DC, SMA has offices in New York, Chicago, Orange County, CA, and Portland, OR.

Since founding the firm in 2006 with a mission to combine his search expertise with nonprofit board experience, David Martin now leads a highly experienced and diverse team, combining in-depth client analysis with the latest search technologies to create effective, personalized searches. Since the day he founded the firm, David has personally taken a leadership role with every search, for every client.