Central Valley Foundation selects Priscilla Enriquez as its new CEO

Central Valley Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Sacramento, has named Priscilla Enriquez as its new chief executive officer, according to the organization.

The mission of CVF is to support educational programs for students learning English and to promote 1st Amendment awareness, especially the freedoms of speech, expression and the press, according to a news release from the organization.

Enriquez served as the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s chief impact and strategy officer for 11 years before being selected to lead the foundation, according to the release. She will start at CVF on May 20.

The foundation serves the Central Valley, from Placer and Sacramento counties in the north to Tulare and Kings counties in the south, the release said. It was founded in 1994 by Susan McClatchy and the late James B. McClatchy. Susan McClatchy currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors for CVF.

“We are at an exciting transitional stage and need experienced leadership to successfully implement our philanthropic strategies,” said Susan McClatchy in the release. “Priscilla is a visionary leader with a deep understanding of the Central Valley and who has the ability to bring people together.”

Enriquez had success creating new initiatives and large-scale collaborative efforts during her time with the SRCF, the release said. Enriquez led efforts on the Big Day of Giving, which has raised $30 million in seven years, and the Capital Area Scholars program, which focused on expanding access to higher education for low-income and first generation students.

She has also served on many local nonprofit boards and recently joined the Fairytale Town board, which is moving to expand the park to create learning opportunities for young children, the release said.

“The opportunity to provide strategic philanthropic investments in the Central Valley supporting the bedrock tenets of our democracy and advancing equity in education, especially now, is an incredible honor,” said Enriquez in the release. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, and its grantee-partners in meeting its mission to lift community voice, to improve education access, and to ensure all people, especially children, have pathways to a fulfilling life in the Central Valley.”