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Sally Jones Heinz is new executive director of MIFA

Sally Jones Heinz is new executive director of MIFA

Memphis, Tennessee (February 11, 2011) - MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-faith Association) today announced the appointment of Sally Jones Heinz, a 27-year veteran in the Memphis nonprofit sector, as its new executive director.

According to Jef Feibelman, chair of MIFA’s board of directors and head of the executive director search committee, “Sally brings a dynamic combination of vision, compassion and leadership acumen to the position. Throughout her career, she’s worked with organizations dedicated to making individual lives and the larger community better. Her track record of management success and commitment to the values and mission of MIFA are outstanding.”

Heinz’s diversified career portfolio in nonprofit administration includes work in human services, education, preservation and the arts. She joined MIFA’s senior staff in 2007 as vice president of development.

“We will continue to build on MIFA’s solid reputation and its mission to sustain the independence of seniors, transform families in crisis and equip teens for success,” said Heinz.

“MIFA is unique, not only in Memphis but in the nation. It’s an organization founded in 1968 during a time of crisis to bring people of different faiths and backgrounds together to serve our community. I am dedicated to sustaining our history of community participation and collaboration. MIFA is a treasure and I’m honored to be here.

Heinz served as director of development for Memphis Brooks Museum from 2005-2007. Her positions during a seven-year tenure with Robert F. Sharpe Company, Inc. included director of marketing and vice president for publications. From 1994 to 2002, she was director of alumni, director of publications and acting director of communications at Rhodes College. She was executive director of Memphis Heritage, Inc. from 1984-88.

She holds a B.A. degree summa cum laude from Rhodes College and a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Texas.

A native Memphian, Heinz grew up just 15 minutes from MIFA’s midtown headquarters on Vance Avenue and attended Snowden School and Central High School. Her family has a legacy of community service and leadership. Her father, Jameson Jones, was a dean at Rhodes College and president of Memphis College of Art, and her mother, Dorothy, worked in the food pantry at her church and tutored at an elementary school. As minister of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Paul Tudor Jones, her uncle, was involved in the early conversations with local religious leaders that led to the founding of MIFA.

Heinz will become MIFA’s sixth executive director in its 42-year history. Margaret Craddock, executive director for the past 13 years, announced her departure last November.

In addition to Feibelman, the executive director search committee included Rabbi Harry Danziger, Yvonne Madlock, Reverend Steve Montgomery, Amy Poag, Beverly Robertson and Russ Williams. 

See what members of the press are saying about our new leadership:
MIFA press release
David Waters, The Commercial Appeal
Aisling Maki, Memphis Daily News

Posted by Ellen Whitten at 3:39 PM
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