Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation

The Trustees are pleased to announce that Kent Wommack will take up the position of Executive Director of the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation on September 1, 2016.

After graduating from Yale with a Masters Degree in Forest Science in 1982, Kent built the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, led several international programs and went on to become a leader of global strategy for TNC. In this role, he has spent extensive time on the ground in many parts of the world. Since 2006, Kent has also been Vice-President of the Board of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation in Maine, leading the Foundation’s development after the death of its donor-founder, Mrs. Sewall.

In searching for Jim Murtaugh’s successor, the trustees sought a leader who would maintain the spirit of collaboration, innovation, passion and inspiration that has been a hallmark of LCAOF’s activities. Kent brings to LCAOF these qualities in abundance.

This announcement would not be complete without expressing the deep and enduring gratitude of the Trustees and Advisory Board to Jim Murtaugh.  As everyone familiar with the work of the Foundation will know, Jim has played a  remarkable role in the development of LCAOF from its beginnings in 1988. In many ways, the Foundation today is a tribute to Jim, and to his remarkable support for Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg as they built the Foundation together.  Jim leaves big shoes to fill, and the Trustees are delighted that Kent Wommack has agreed to step into them and lead LCAOF into the future.