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August 24, 2022

Staff Promotions and Upcoming Retirement Announced

The Winston-Salem Foundation announces that (l-r) Andrea Hulighan has been promoted to a new position, Vice President, Strategy and Culture, Shamika Starke has been promoted to Director, Strategic Initiatives, and Lisa Purcell, the Foundation’s Executive Vice President, has made plans to retire at the end of 2022.

“We are grateful to Lisa for her dedicated leadership over 16 years with the Winston-Salem Foundation,” said Foundation President LaTida Smith. “Lisa has been critical to our growth and development and built a strong infrastructure that equips us for continued success. With this transition, I am excited to promote Andrea and Shamika, mission-centered leaders with a track record for driving meaningful community impact.”

  • Andrea will direct the Foundation’s organizational strategy to advance the Foundation’s mission, focusing on strategy and team leadership, culture cultivation, and racial equity.  The Strategy and Culture Team she will lead will consist of Communications, Human Resources, Information Systems, and Strategic Initiatives Departments. Andrea has been on the Foundation’s staff since 2007, with previous roles in the Community Grantmaking area, and more recently, leading the Strategic Initiatives department.
  • Shamika will lead the Foundation’s team supporting the critical work of our Strategic Initiatives: the Black Philanthropy Initiative, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and Youth Grantmakers in Action. Shamika will work closely with the boards of The Black Philanthropy Initiative and The Women’s Fund, providing strategic leadership to sustain, elevate and manage activities of the initiatives. Shamika joined the Foundation in 2018, previously serving as Strategic Initiatives Officer.
  • Lisa has served as the Executive Vice President since 2006, overseeing the Foundation’s internal operations and management processes. During her tenure Lisa played a critical role organizing the Foundation to sharpen its focus and expand its impact. She also served as a champion for racial equity and contributed significantly to shaping our current workplace culture.  

Moving forward in 2022, the Foundation’s Leadership Team will consist of our President LaTida Smith and four vice presidents: Brittney Gaspari, Community Investment; Andrea Hulighan, Strategy and Culture; Todd Slate, Finance; and Sheila Virgil, Development and Donor Services. The leadership team will provide strategic direction to all aspects of the Foundation’s work in the community.

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