Community Foundation Names Interim Executive Director

The Putnam County Community Foundation Board of Directors have engaged Ruth M. Purcell-Jones as the Interim Executive Director of the organization.  She will serve the Foundation and community as the organization initiates an extensive search for a permanent Executive Director to succeed Elaine Peck, who recently stepped away from her position after 17 years with the Foundation.

“Ruthie is respected in the Indiana philanthropic community and we are excited to have her join the Foundation,” noted Ken Eitel, President of the Foundation.  “She was highly recommended as a person who will assist the Foundation’s transition to new leadership while maintaining stability and service.”

Ruth Purcell-Jones, Ruthie, is a developer of organizations, teams, boards and people. She has worked as a consultant, coach, connector and facilitator for over 25 years. Her clients appreciate her experience in leadership, personal and program development, coalition-building and governance. She most recently served the Central Indiana Community Foundation as Director of Philanthropic Services for the last 5 years.

A life-long resident of Indianapolis, Ruth has held program, management and leadership positions in various organizational settings including community foundation, county government, child welfare and community leadership in addition to an active consulting practice.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a law degree and cherishes her time with her husband and four grown children.