Foundation Executive Director Named

LONDON_CHECKOUTSACRAMENTO, CA – (June 4, 2012) – The California Grocers Association Educational Foundation announced today the hiring of Shiloh London as its first Executive Director, effective immediately.

As Executive Director, London will provide leadership in implementing the Foundation’s strategic plan, developing and managing educational programs, overseeing fundraising and creating greater awareness for the Foundation within California’s grocery industry.

“We are very pleased to bring Shiloh on board,” said CGA Educational Foundation President Ronald Fong. “With the difficult economic climate we’re experiencing and increased educational costs, it’s the Foundation’s goal to significantly expand its industry education, college scholarship and tuition reimbursement offerings. The Board of Trustees believed it was time to hire an Executive Director to accomplish this key Foundation objective.”

Prior to this new role, London’s professional experience included serving as Executive Director, Business Development for the Foundation for California Community Colleges and as Senior Campaign Director for United Way California Capital Region.

“In 2011, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees developed a multi-year strategic plan to greatly expand our educational program,” said CGAEF Board of Trustees Chair Jim Van Gorkom. “We then recognized the need for additional resources and expertise to build upon the solid programming established by the founding trustees. Bringing Shiloh aboard during our 20th anniversary is excellent timing. We are excited to have her join the Foundation, and confident she will move us forward in achieving our goals.”

Fong said London will be responsible for ensuring that California Grocers Association members have access to relevant educational training and ensuring that the industry’s future workforce needs are met through public education and postsecondary educational institutions.

The CGA Educational Foundation was created under the direction of the California Grocers Association Board of Directors in 1992 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to advance the educational goals of CGA member employees and their dependents and offer educational programs to advance the grocery industry.