–Julie Scales retires from leading the nearly 50-year-old foundation after more than a decade of outstanding service to the Pinellas County community–
Clearwater, Fla. (November 1, 2016) – The Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) welcomes the acclaimed Tampa Bay nonprofit leader Mack “Duggan” Cooley III as its much anticipated new executive director.
Cooley will take the reigns from retiring Julie Scales who led PCF during more than a decade of tremendous growth spanning from October 2003 to October 31, 2016. Despite the downturn in the economy, Scales successfully ensured PCF remained an anchor of stability to the Pinellas County nonprofit agencies that steadily rely on the foundation’s support. Having increased net assets by more than $40 million, Scales is responsible for securing the foundation’s current fiscal fortitude.
“Julie Scales has been an exemplary leader whose tireless dedication has brought hope and strength to Pinellas County’s most deserving residents,” said Byron Smith, Chair of the Pinellas Community Foundation Board of Governors. “Julie has raised the bar for all nonprofit leaders here in the bay area, and we are confident that her successor Duggan Cooley will continue to enhance the strength of the foundation’s charitable impact.”
Cooley most recently served as the United Way of Pasco County president and CEO where he increased the organization’s visibility and spurred fundraising growth exceeding current national averages. He previously led Religious Community Services, Inc. to increase private fundraising by more than 70 percent thereby expanding the availability of services to victims of domestic violence, hunger and homelessness by 35 percent during his five-year tenure as president and CEO.
“It’s an honor to serve such a reputable a foundation dedicated to enhancing the vitality of more than 85 Pinellas County focused nonprofit agencies,” said Duggan Cooley, future Pinellas Community Foundation Executive Director. “This foundation enhances the lives of every Pinellas County resident, which is why I’m eager to accept the challenge of further magnifying the impact PCF has on making this community such a fortunate place to be able to call home.”
Cooley holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida and received a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Active in the local community, Cooley is the former president of Leadership Pinellas. He is also the Chairman of the Pasco County Homelessness Coalition and held board positions with the Pasco Economic Development Council and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.
About the Pinellas Community Foundation
The Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is the only charitable organization of its kind dedicated to perpetually enhancing the lives of every Pinellas County resident. Serving Pinellas for nearly a half century, more than 85 charitable agencies now rely on PCF for generous donor-funded grants to continue their local service mission.