Robins Foundation Appoints Kelly Chopus as Executive Director

RICHMOND, Virginia, August 29, 2013 — Robins Foundation Board of Directors announced today that Kelly Chopus will become the Foundations Executive Director as of September 3, 2013. Over the past year, the Foundation has been engaged in an introspective organizational assessment and strategic planning effort that has included a nationwide search for an executive director who can lead the Foundation to a new level of community engagement. Chopus embodies that vision.

“Our Board is excited about Kellys fresh and dynamic approach to philanthropy,” said Sheryl Robins Nolt, the Foundations President.  “As a strategist, Kelly will be charged with continuing to form our new proactive approach to philanthropy.  Her grantmaking expertise and strong community building skills uniquely qualify her for this role.”

“Kelly appreciates and respects the family’s legacy, and she will be a gracious ambassador for the Robins Foundation.”

Most recently Chopus served as Director of Community Relations for Fortune 500® aerospace and defense manufacturer, Goodrich Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. She also served as Vice President of Business Operations for the former WNBA Charlotte Sting from 2002-2005 and as Associate Producer for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.

In September 2012, Chopus was awarded the 2012 Mover and Shaker Award by Business Leader Magazine. In 2013, The Mecklenburg Times named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, N.C. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, task forces and committees.

“I am delighted to be part of the Robins Foundation, and look forward to meeting the Richmond community,” Chopus said. “As a passionate community advocate, I will continue enlivening the spirit and mission of the Robins family, and building on their great legacy.”

The Robins Foundation was established by E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. in 1957, and significantly funded at his death in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to understand and serve the best interests of the Richmond community by listening, learning, engaging and supporting.

Mr. Robins founded A. H. Robins Company, based in Richmond, and was its chief executive officer for 39 years. He was a compassionate, empathetic and accessible leader who valued integrity, ethical practices and generosity. As a thoughtful philanthropist and visionary, he used his wealth to improve the quality of life for the Richmond community. Robins Foundation highly values his legacy, and seeks to honor his example through its philanthropic work. Over the years the Foundation has granted more than $85 million to qualifying organizations.

Chopus was selected after a nationwide search managed by Bridge Partners, a recruiting firm specializing in nonprofit executive placement. Chopus will relocate from Charlotte, N.C.


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