Joyce Foundation Announces Promotion for Senior Leader

Gretchen Crosby Sims named Vice President of Programs

Dec 13, 2010, 16:35 ET from The Joyce Foundation

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Joyce Foundation today announced the promotion of Gretchen Crosby Sims to vice president of programs.  The announcement was made following the December meeting of the Foundation's board of directors.

"I am pleased to announce the promotion of Gretchen Sims to this senior position," stated Ellen S. Alberding, president of the Joyce Foundation.  "Gretchen has served the Foundation with distinction, and has provided leadership on a number of projects that have advanced Joyce's mission to improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region.  In her new role, I am certain she will make an even greater impact on the many communities we serve."

In previous positions, Ms. Sims served as Joyce's director of strategic initiatives and education program manager.  In her new role as vice president of programs, she will work closely with the president on strategy development and implementation of Foundation programs.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003, Ms. Sims was domestic policy adviser for education and family issues to presidential candidate Bill Bradley.  She holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in government from Harvard University.

Based in Chicago, the Joyce Foundation makes grants of almost $40 million a year throughout the Great Lakes region through its programs in Education, Employment, Environment, Gun Violence, Money and Politics, and Culture.  Learn more at

SOURCE The Joyce Foundation