Stuart Foundation Exec Leaving for Local Grant Maker

Rhonnel Sotelo, chief financial officer for the San Francisco-based Stuart Foundation, will leave the statewide grant maker this week to become chief strategy officer at the 10-year-old Rogers Family Foundation in Oakland.

“I can’t express enough how honored I am for this new opportunity; the entirety of the role is a great fit and I’m anxious to take on the challenges that await,” said Sotelo, in an email sent to colleagues.

Both Stuart and Rogers focus the majority of their resources on youth development and education, the difference being about 66 years of history. Stuart began in 1937; T. Gary and Kathleen Rogers started the latter in 2003, and makes grants to support literacy, youth development and blended learning experiences in the Oakland area.

The Stuart Foundation has not announced a successor for Sotelo. It is also currently looking for a senior program officer, and a grantee to help build an active base of current and former foster youth to advise the foundation’s leaders on youth issues.

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