March 16, 2022

Leslie Johnston endorsed as EVPA Chair-Elect

Leslie Johnston CA Foundation

We are delighted to announce that the EVPA Board has unanimously endorsed Leslie Johnston, CEO of Laudes Foundation and EVPA Board member, as the Chair Elect of EVPA. Her appointment will be subject to the Annual General Meeting’s re-appointment of board members and the convening of the subsequent board meeting in June.

Steven Serneels, outgoing Chair of EVPA, said: “I am delighted to hand over the baton to Leslie Johnston. Her vision and experience will enable us to continue EVPA growth and bring the investing for impact community to the next level. In the current context, social innovators are more sorely needed than ever, and EVPA is uniquely positioned to be an impact catalyst and convener across sectors and themes. I am confident Leslie will bring the needed leadership to enable EVPA to further build the impact ecosystem so that we can achieve lasting change for people and the planet.”

Leslie Johnston launched Laudes Foundation as its first Chief Executive Officer in January 2020, bringing over 20 years of management experience across business and philanthropy. At Laudes Foundation, she is leading the development and executions of its initial vision, strategy and operating model. Previously, she joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013 where she led the development of the foundation’s strategy to make fashion a force for good. In addition to EVPA, Leslie serves on the boards of Fashion for Good, the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, and Built by Nature.

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