SVCF Official Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations

SVCF Official Resigns Amid Harassment Allegations

Mari Ellen Loijens, a top official at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation who had been accused in an online forum of "emotionally abusive and sexually inappropriate behavior," has resigned, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

On Tuesday, a day before the Chronicle published a detailed account of the charges against Loijens, SVCF announced that it was retaining Thompson Hine, a national law firm based in Cleveland, to investigate the allegations, which included descriptions of Loijens presiding over a "toxic" workplace in which employees were berated, scapegoated, and emotionally abused and that she was prone to making lewd comments and engaging in inappropriate conduct.

Loijens oversaw fundraising at the Mountain View-based foundation, which has $13.5 billion in assets, making it larger than the Rockefeller or Ford foundations.

In a statement released on Tuesday, SVCF president and CEO Emmett D. Carson said, "We do not tolerate inappropriate conduct of any kind at SVCF, and we investigate all claims of misconduct. Immediately after learning of these recent allegations, we retained the services of Thompson Hine LLP to conduct a full investigation into the claims. At the conclusion of that investigation, we will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the integrity of SVCF."