The Columbia Foundation, a 43-year-old philanthropic organization, will soon have a new leader.

Beverly J. White-Seals will take over as president and CEO on April 23. Her predecessor, Beverly Francis-Gibson, resigned in January when her contract ended after three years with the foundation.

White-Seals has worked as a counsel to both The Rouse Company, General Growth Properties and a local law firm, and has also been a staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor. Most recently, she was the director of workplace diversity for the Johns Hopkins Health System, according to a news release.

White-Seals said she will turn her focus toward the future of the foundation, which in its history has distributed more than $10 million in grants to local human service, arts, culture, educational and civic nonprofit organizations.


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"The foundation will need to develop new strategic alliances that serve as a bridge between community-based nonprofits and larger organizations to ensure that the needs of the increasingly diverse Howard County community are met," White-Seals said in a statement.