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NH Center for Nonprofits Continues CEO Search, Hires Experienced Interim CEO

CONCORD, NH — The NH Center for Nonprofits has hired Mike Ostrowski, recently retired President & CEO of Child and Family Services of NH and former Center board member, to serve as Interim CEO while the board continues its search for a permanent replacement. Ostrowski succeeds Mary Ellen Jackson, who served as the Center's Executive Director for the past decade.

The Center's board will continue its search and plans to hire a permanent CEO in early 2016, with Ostrowski serving as Interim CEO for six months. “After an extensive initial search process, the Board believes the right step for the Center is to engage an Interim CEO for the next six months, and Mike was an excellent fit because of his extensive experience in the sector and with the Center,” notes Board Chair John Gilbert. “During that time, the search process will continue, and our goal is to have a permanent CEO in place in the New Year.”

Ostrowski is highly experienced with both the New Hampshire nonprofit community and the Center's mission and members. He has worked closely with the Center since its inception in 1986 and served as board chair until 2011.

“The Center is one of the most important organizations that I've been involved with in my career. I was there for the beginning as the first board chair and have been involved in various capacities since then. When a need arose for an interim CEO, I had to offer to come out of retirement to lend a hand to an organization I've been committed to from the start. I love this organization and think it will be a real joy to serve in this capacity.”

Regarding the ongoing CEO search, Chair Gilbert remarked, “When we think about the ideal candidate, we envision an experienced professional with insight and passion about the nonprofit sector and the vision to anticipate its future trajectory in partnership with the other major sectors and actors in our communities and economy. The leader of the Center must have the ability to build consensus and the diplomacy to realize bold solutions in partnership with members, the philanthropic community and regional and national partners.” Interested candidates should submit their information to

Posted on: June 1, 2015
Topics: Staff Changes

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