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Marie Langlois elected chair of Rhode Island Foundation
By Chris Barnett / December 11, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation has elected Marie Langlois as chair effective Jan. 1, 2016. The retired Managing Director of Washington Trust Investors will succeed Fred Butler.

“It has been my honor to contribute to the Foundation’s work serving the people of Rhode Island. I am certain that Marie’s remarkable vision and deep experience will enable the Foundation to continue moving our state forward,” said Butler, whose 3-year term will expire Dec. 31.

As the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofits in the state, the Foundation focuses on four strategic priorities: educational success, economic security, healthy lives and inspiring philanthropy. Its strategy grant program targets seven key sectors: arts and culture, children and families, education, economic security, the environment, health and housing.

Langlois brings substantial community and business leadership to the Foundation, where she has served on the board of directors since 2011. She currently chairs the Foundation’s Investment Committee and serves on the Nominating Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee.

“During 2016, we will have the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of service to the community by the Rhode Island Foundation thanks to the generosity of donors, the leadership of past presidents, Board chairs and members and 100 years of service by dedicated Rhode Island Foundation staff. As we enter our second century, we will continue to identify challenges and opportunities and marshal the resources to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities to improve the quality of life of all the citizens of Rhode Island,” said Langlois. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as chair, and I hope that I will be able to meet the standards established by Fred Butler and his predecessors.”

Langlois was elected to a 3-year term as chair. The 12-member board of directors is responsible for setting policy at the Foundation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Founded with a $10,000 gift from Jesse Metcalf in 1916, the Foundation’s assets have grown to more than $800 million. To celebrate its centennial, the Foundation plans a full year of activities highlighted by a campaign to raise $10 million to preserve and improve Roger Williams Park.

Langlois earned an undergraduate degree at Brown University and an MBA from Harvard University. She is a former Senior Vice President of Fleet National Bank and co-founded the Phoenix Investment Management Company, which became Washington Trust Investors after its acquisition by the Washington Trust Company. She retired as Managing Director of Washington Trust Investors in 2010.

Langlois is Vice Chair of the Board of Salve Regina University and Chair of The Miriam Hospital Foundation. She is a member of the Board of The Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School. She served as a Trustee of Brown University from 1980-2007 and as Vice Chancellor of the Brown Corporation from 1998-2007.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2014, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
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