Community Foundation Names New Chair, Co-chair

Kevin DeSanto, KippsDeSanto & Co.

Kevin DeSanto, KippsDeSanto & Co.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia board of directors has a new chairman and vice chairman.

The foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that works to grow philanthropy and meet the region’s civic and social needs by investing and administering funds established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

Kevin DeSanto, co-founder and managing director of KippsDeSanto & Co., a Virginia-based investment banking firm, was named chairman of the board effective July 1. Bernard Mustafa, CEO of Pleasant Valley Business Solutions, was named vice chairman.

DeSanto has numerous recognitions, including marks from the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The M&A Advisor, Washington Business Journal and the Association for Corporate Growth. DeSanto has served on the Community Foundation board of directors for seven years, holding various positions.

“I am looking forward to the continued focus on our capacity to respond to critical need and seed innovation in the Northern Virginia region,” DeSanto said. “As we approach our 40th anniversary in 2018, it is an exciting time for The Community Foundation, and I look forward to continuing to support our mission and our work.”

DeSanto replaces Paul Leslie, CEO of Dovel Technologies, who chaired the board for two years.

Mustafa has served on the foundation’s board for five years in various positions.

Mitch Weintraub, one of the founding partners of Cordia Partners, was also named to the foundation’s board of directors.

“Leading the Community Foundation’s board of directors is a demanding position and takes passion and commitment to growing community through philanthropy,” said Eileen Ellsworth, president of the Community Foundation. “Paul Leslie and Kevin DeSanto exemplify these values. We thank Paul for his service and leadership on the board and welcome Kevin to his new position. Both Paul and Kevin have made the organization stronger through their leadership.”

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