Nina Stack will be the next executive director of the Champlin Foundation. The current president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG), Stack has decades of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has been at the head of CNJG for over 13 years, leading initiatives including Post Sandy Recovery, the Newark Philanthropic Liaison and the creation of the Community Foundation of South Jersey. Prior to her time at CNJG, Stack served for an even longer duration of 17 years as director of external affairs at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her early career experience includes a short stint in management at Russek Advertising before moving into the arts sector as director of marketing at the New Jersey State Opera. From there she would stay in the arts for a while, taking a job as a public relations officer at the Newark Museum and then serving as the director of marketing at the performing arts training company, Center Stage.
While she has spent most of her life in New Jersey, Stack left the state to attend Pine Manor College in Massachusetts to earn her associate’s degree in the arts. From there, she moved again to Ohio to earn her bachelor’s degree in theater from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her new move to the Champlin Foundation takes her to Rhode Island, a state to which she has had a connection since she was a child when her parents would take her to Block Island. She will be moving to Providence with her husband, Bob Gould. “We are thrilled to have Nina joining us as our new executive director,” said Kelly Sheridan, Chairman of the Champlin Foundation Distribution Committee in a press release. “Her breadth of experience and understanding of the best practices in grant making will enable the Champlin Foundation to have an even greater impact…” Stack succeeds Kieth H. Lang, who has led the Champlin Foundation for the past 18 years. Lang retires on June 30, 2018. On this date, Nina Stack will assume all duties of the executive director position, seeking to lead the Champlin Foundation in its mission to support the communities and people of Rhode Island and surrounding states.