Karla Fortunato, director of the Rockville, Md.,-based Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), has been selected president of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP).
Fortunato's hiring completes a national search, the board of directors said.
Fortunato has worked at HEFN for 13 years, most recently managing programming, outreach and operations for the national alliance of 60 philanthropic organizations.
"Karla's experience in building alliances among funders and engaging in public policy outreach make her ideally suited to lead our organization," said Judith Meyers, chair of CCP's board of directors.
Fortunato previously served as associate director of policy for Health Care for All in Boston. She graduated from the Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia and earned an MBA from George Washington University.
Fortunato will be CCP's fourth president since its inception in 1969, following Maggie Gunther Osborn, who left in June 2016 for the national Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.