SWIF to appoint Diana Anderson as interim president/CEO

The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Board of Directors will appoint Diana Anderson as interim president/CEO effective Aug. 8.

Longtime SWIF President/CEO Sherry Ristau announced her forthcoming resignation in June.

Anderson joined SWIF as development director in 2001, leading SWIF’s fundraising efforts and starting SWIF’s community foundation program. In 2007, she was promoted to chief operating officer (COO). In this newly-created position, Anderson provided leadership and oversight to SWIF’s internal operations and functions, including strategic planning, management team leadership and program design. In 2011, Anderson was again promoted to vice president/COO, playing a more visible role in program development and delivery, working alongside SWIF team leads in communities across the southwest Minnesota region.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a single connection offering unlimited possibilities to grow and promote people, businesses, entrepreneurs and communities in rural southwest Minnesota. As a regional community foundation, SWIF has contributed more than $64 million through its grant and loan programs. SWIF has helped more than 630 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which have created or retained more than 8,000 jobs. SWIF has also established 16 Early Childhood Initiative coalitions, more than 50 Youth Energy Summit teams, 24 community foundations and more than 90 other funds.