Foundation Board Selects New Executive Director

September 1, 2022

Foundation Board Selects New Executive Director

Ligonier, IN – Margarita White, longtime Program Director of Community Foundation of Noble County, was recently promoted to Executive Director. This move comes after the previous Executive Director, Brad Graden, resigned in July to pursue other opportunities with the Central Noble School Corporation.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the promotion on Wednesday, August 31 after a search for the best candidate.

“With her more than 20 years of service at the Community Foundation, Margarita has shown that she truly cares for the wellbeing of all of us in Noble County,” said CFNC Board President Frank Tijerina. “She has a wealth of knowledge about the Foundation and how it works, and she is well known to the other non-profit organizations in the county.”

Margarita is a long-time resident of Ligonier and now lives in Wawaka. She has an associate degree in accounting from International Business College and a Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University – Fort Wayne. She is active in the community through the Ligonier Rotary Club, and as chair for the Marshmallow Festival.

In 2002, Margarita began her career with the Foundation as Program Assistant in the  Celebrate Diversity Project. Shortly after, she was promoted to director of the project and in 2009 took over the role of CFNC Program Director.

In her new role as Executive Director, Margarita will use her strong sense of community to support the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in Noble County. She will guide the staff as the Foundation continues to serve as catalyst for positive change, enables donors to carry out charitable intent, and makes grants.

“The board is excited about the direction that Margarita and the staff will lead us,” finished Tijerina.