Montclair, New Jersey, June 13, 2017:  The Montclair Fund for Women (MFW) has begun the search for an executive director to replace Lydia Barrett, who retired in 2016. 

According to MFW Board President, Tanya Poteat, “ Lydia Barrett provided wonderful leadership for MFW during the first 15 years of our existence.  Now we look forward to finding a successor who can carry us forward into the future and help us make even more of an impact in the local community on the issues that we care about”. 

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MFW is a private grant-making foundation located in Montclair.  Its grant-making is rooted in the history of the former YWCA of Montclair-North Essex, which provided support, encouragement, educational opportunities, recreation and safe housing for many African-American women and girls from the early 20th century until 1953, and for all women and girls in the Montclair area for 50 subsequent years.  When the YWCA closed in 2001, the Board used proceeds from the sale of the building to establish the Montclair Fund for Women. Since 2004, MFW has awarded over $600,000 to nonprofits working to improve the lives of women and children of color.

Applications are due July 21, 2017.  For full details please visit the MFW website at