The Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia has announced that longtime leader Rebecca W. Rimel is stepping down after thirty-six years of service, including five years as executive director and twenty-five as president and CEO.
To be led by board chair Robert H. Campbell, a search for Rimel's successor will be launched this summer, with Rimel continuing to serve as president and CEO until her successor is in place, at which point she will transition into a senior advisor role.
Established in 1948 by the Pew family, which made its fortune in the oil industry, the original Pew Trusts consisted of seven foundations. In 2004, the trusts created the Pew Research Center, which conducts research about the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world, and the organization shed its private foundation status to become one of the largest public charities in the nation. It is also considered to be a philanthropic and research leader in arts and culture, the environment, and other areas.
"It has been a privilege and a source of great joy to serve with a talented, generous, and caring staff throughout my tenure," said Rimel. "Any success we have enjoyed is due to their integrity, creativity, and unflinching commitment to building a world-class institution and advancing an ambitious programmatic agenda. I will always be grateful for their support and encouragement as we worked to best serve the public interest."
"We are fortunate to have had time to plan for Rebecca's retirement, and the transition to a new CEO, well in advance," said Campbell. "While the organization will continue to innovate and evolve, the board of directors is committed to the projects and strategies currently underway, including our support for the Philadelphia region. We commend Rebecca for creating a strong foundation for the future of a great organization."