Kim Van Horn, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

TITLE: Chief Administrative Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Social services

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PROFILE: Kim Van Horn became the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation’s chief administrator in May 2013 after working as a senior program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois for nearly 11 years. In that role, she focused Chicago area grantmaking on urban poverty, human services, the environment, and economic and community development.

She has experience in social work, having served as the co-director of the Chicago Abused Women Coalition for seven years and serving on local, state, and national task forces to address issues of women’s health and domestic violence. She also has deep roots in Chicago, having attended the University of Chicago to pursue a B.A. in political science and a Master’s in social service administration. Personal interests include her son, gardening, cooking, reading, nonprofit capacity building, program evaluation, trauma, and violence.

While working at the Field Foundation, Van Horn made the following statement about investing in reengagement:

We’ve seen lots of instances of founder’s syndrome, meaning no succession plans, or situations where nonprofits with long track records close because a transition yielded the wrong person as executive director. If we want effective nonprofits, we need to help them develop a really solid infrastructure. We need to make some room to think about what makes for a healthy and sustainable organization.

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