Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Judy Sjostedt is Executive Director of “Our Community’s Foundation,” the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Jackson, Little Kanawha Area (Calhoun and Wirt), Mason and Ritchie counties.
Joining the Foundation in 1999, Sjostedt leads an organization that continues to experience rapid expansion, tripling its assets from $7.6 million in 1999 to $29 million in 2009 and its annual regional grant making from $340,000 to over $1.6 million. The Foundation was honored in 2009 as one of eight recipients nationwide of an Effie™ award for effective and inclusive philanthropic practices.
In addition to Vision Shared, Sjostedt is a board member of Highmark WV Blue Cross Blue Shield and the West Virginia Grantmakers Association. She was re-elected in 2011 to serve on the national Council on Foundation’s Community Foundations Leadership Team. She is a faculty member for the Center for Community Foundations Excellence and served on the Council’s National Fall Conference Planning Committee from 2005-2009. She is also the current vice-chairman of the national Adnet (Advancement Officers Network) Steering Team and received the WV Grantmakers 2010 “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award for Staff Leadership.
At Vision Shared, she has co-chaired the Nonprofit Capacity Focus Area Team since its inception in 2002 and is now chairman of the Building Bridges and Empowering Citizens Steering Committee. She serves as a member of the West Virginia Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Advisory Board and West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund Advisory Committee.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University. Sjostedt is a former elected member of the Wood County Board of Education (1994-2002), serving as its President from 1998-2000. She is active in the Parkersburg Rotary.