Another Silicon Valley Community Foundation Official Resigns

Another Silicon Valley Community Foundation Official Resigns

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the resignation of vice president of talent recruitment and culture Daiva Natochy, the third executive at the foundation to resign or be placed on administrative leave in as many weeks.

In a blog post intended as an introduction, interim CEO Greg Avis, who was tapped to lead the foundation after the SVCF board voted to place CEO Emmett Carson on administrative leave, noted the departure of Natochy. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, current foundation employees urged the board to place Natochy on leave pending the results of ongoing investigations into how senior leadership handled multiple allegations of abusive and manipulative workplace behavior by former chief business development and brand officer Mari Ellen Loijens, who resigned in late April after the Chronicle reported on the allegations. In a separate letter, employees also called for Carson to be fired, the Chronicle reports.

According to Avis, the foundation's human resources team will continue to manage recruitment functions while also supporting the ongoing investigation. Avis's appointment as interim CEO coincided with the naming of SVCF board member Rebecca Guerra as a special advisor for human resources.

"The work we do at SVCF is fundamentally important," said Avis in his blog post. "It is my job to not only understand the obstacles the organization is currently facing, but to help unite it and enable us to work together to forge solutions so that we can continue to deliver excellent service, advice, and solutions for our constituencies."

"Introduction and Update From Interim CEO Greg Avis." Silicon Valley Community Foundation Blog Post 05/01/2018. Megan O'Neil. "More Turmoil at Silicon Valley Community Foundation as Chief HR Official Resigns." Chronicle of Philanthropy 05/01/2018.