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Community foundation announces new president

Tribune Staff • Oct 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Hadley Baas Streng has been appointed president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, effective Oct. 29.

“I’m excited that the foundation’s next chapter will be in Hadley's very capable hands,” said Randy Hansen, chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees. “There is no doubt she will lead our new strategy and outstanding team in service to impact our communities.”

Streng replaces Holly Johnson, who stepped down in May after 11 years with the foundation, the past six as its president. Johnson is now the president of the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids.

Originally from Grand Haven, Streng has spent the past two decades in the greater Chicago area. She most recently served as the senior vice president of strategy and development for the Centegra Health System and its foundation in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has a strong background in strategic planning, community outreach and engagement, and nonprofit governance, Hansen said.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the next president of the GHACF,” Streng said. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, donors and community members to continue to advance the incredible work the foundation does in the community.”

Streng was selected via a competitive process conducted by Grand Rapids-based VENTURE3Philanthropy and coordinated by a seven-member search committee made up of the foundation’s trustees and community members.

“Hadley has more than 20 years of experience in strategic operations and team leadership, including executive responsibility for operating Centegra’s foundation,” Hansen said. “It's her strength in executing strategic plans and guiding organizations to the next level of excellence and impact that made her our ideal selection.”

Streng said she looks forward to returning to Grand Haven to raise her children in the same community where she and her husband grew up.

As a Grand Haven High School student, Streng was part of the community foundation’s original youth council, which is now approaching its 30th anniversary.

“I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to help develop what is now known as the GHACF Youth Advisory Council,” she said. “That experience is what ultimately led me to look for a career in nonprofits.”

Prior to her 10 years with Centegra, she was the manager of strategic and operational consulting for the Huron Consulting Group and manager at PricewaterCoopers LLC, both in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.

In 2016, Streng received the McHenry County Women of Distinction Award. She has also served with the McHenry County Economic Development Corp. and the Allocations Committee for the United Way of Greater McHenry County, and both graduated from and served on the board of Leadership Greater McHenry County.

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is a charitable organization that has been serving Northwest Ottawa County since 1971. It exists to encourage philanthropic gifts from individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of charitable funds and legacies

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