The CCEF board of directors is thrilled to announce Renae Williams Niles will start as CCEF’s new executive director as of April 27, 2020. Renae has decades of experience in fundraising and non-profit management.
Renae Williams Niles has worked in the non-profit sector for over 25 years including serving as director of grant programs for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, vice president of programming for The Music Center, and more recently, director of advancement as well as chief operating officer/associate dean of administration for the USC Kaufman School of Dance. She was also a proud founding board member of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Foundation. For nearly 15 years, Renae has resided in Culver City with her husband Greg Niles and her three children, two soon-to-be college graduates and one entering Culver City Middle School next year.
In addition, Wendy Hamill will take on the task of the new director of operations also beginning April 27, 2020. Wendy has been instrumental in keeping CCEF moving forward during our transition and we’re so glad she’ll continue to be part of the team going forward.
Wendy Hamill most recently has served as CCEF’s Interim Executive Director for the past several months. Previously, she was a member of the Culver City Education Foundation’s board of directors since 2011, and has been actively involved in fundraising, communications and financial oversight of CCEF. Wendy brings a background in financial analysis and non-profit management, having worked in senior management positions in the non-profit sector for many years, including as director of finance for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center. She holds a BA in Finance from Miami University, and an MBA in Non-profit Management from Northwestern University. Wendy has been an active parent volunteer within the CCUSD school community for 18 years as her three children have moved through the district schools, with two now in college and her youngest at CCMS.
We all know these are unprecedented times and we’ll be facing lots of challenges ahead but together, with this amazing team, we’ll make great things happen and continue to make a positive impact on so many students’ lives.