Essex County Community Foundation Names New President & CEO

Date: June 21, 2024

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Stratton Lloyd was recently selected as Essex County Community Foundation’s new president and CEO.

ECCF is excited about the experience, leadership skills and institutional knowledge that Stratton brings to the role to help steer ECCF into the future. He will officially assume his new role as president and CEO on July 1.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as ECCF’s next leader,” said Lloyd. “What happens in Essex County matters to me, and I am thrilled for this opportunity to build on the foundation’s 25-year history of collaborative work to create a vibrant and thriving region. The ECCF team comes to work every day ready to roll up their sleeves for our communities. It’s an incredible privilege to work alongside them and ECCF’s family of passionate fund advisors and donors, our many diverse partners and the larger community so together we can continue to build a sense of belonging and opportunity for every person who calls Essex County home.”

Since joining ECCF six years ago, Stratton has played a key role in ECCF’s growth and success. His work and accomplishments over the past years with the foundation include:

  • Acting as chief architect of ECCF’s ‘Systems Philanthropy’ approach, which is data-driven, community-focused and establishes the foundation as an engaged and strategic community partner.
  • Leading ECCF’s community leadership efforts, which include the foundation’s Advancing Digital Equity and Creative County initiatives, among many others.
  • Collaboratively deploying $49 million to ECCF’s innovative systems approach, positively impacting thousands of nonprofits and more than 200,000 residents over the last six years.
  • Leading the foundation’s activities related to budgeting, investment oversight and financial and general operations.
  • Guiding two strategic plans with deep community engagement from more than 1,000 residents.

Prior to joining ECCF six years ago, Stratton served as executive vice president of product management, business development and customer operations at EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich (2004-2018) and as senior product line manager at Siebel Systems Inc., in Seattle, WA (2000-2004). He is also the founder of First Look Inc. (today, known as Youthserve), a global youth service-education company. Stratton graduated from Yale University and from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Chair of the ECCF Board of Trustees Dick Sumberg extends his thanks to outgoing President and CEO Beth Francis, on behalf of the entire ECCF family, board, and staff. “We thank her for her dedication to this work and her commitment to making Essex County a better place for us all. We also want to extend thanks to the ECCF search committee for their expertise and professionalism in steering this process and ensuring a smooth transition at the foundation.”

Today, Essex County Community Foundation is home to 330 charitable funds and is a place for donors to explore their philanthropic interests and potential for community impact. As the foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, it continues to work toward building a stronger and more resilient Essex County.