The New Richmond Area Community Foundation (NRACF) Board of Directors recently announced the hiring of Michele Hermansen as their first part-time executive director.

Hermansen is a native of New Richmond and her career background includes strategic contributions in human resources management and financial services for large corporations.

For the past three years she has served as project manager for locally-based development projects for a rural Tanzania (Africa) village and accredited secondary school. She has been an active member of the NRACF board since early 2007.

More than $300,000 has been contributed through the NRACF to important initiatives in the community since it was created in 1980 to advance the quality of life in the New Richmond area.

"The NRACF has been a rather small and quiet asset in our community that is probably unfamiliar to many people," said Jim Counter, Board chair. "The Board has been considering our role in the community and the potential for the Foundation to become a center-point for service-based philanthropy and community leadership. Hiring Michele as our executive director is a significant step for us as we grow. As a Board member, she emerged quickly as an insightful and involved leader. We are so pleased that she was willing to step into this new role with us."

"We are so fortunate to have a well-structured community foundation," Hermansen said. "Working with and getting to know the members of the NRACF Board has been very energizing. There are so many diversely talented people doing good things every day. The potential for even greater impact is incredible as we collaborate on solutions to issues and work from our individual and organizational strengths. I am happy to be able to participate and give back to the community in this way."

The NRACF is a non-profit, philanthropic institution that was founded for the well-being of the entire area. It was created as a means for people of all economic backgrounds to contribute to building an endowment and providing grants to the community that can meet needs now and beyond our lifetimes. The Foundation administers general funds as well as donor-advised funds that focus on issues of individual interest.

For more information on the Foundation, contact Hermansen at the NRACF office by phone at 246-3999 or e-mail