Columbus House CFO Cindy Fox Announces Departure





It is with mixed emotions that we bid long-time Columbus House Chief Financial Officer Cindy Fox a fond farewell next month. We are saddened to see our friend, colleague and fiscal steward move on but are heartened by the fact that she will be leading the finance efforts of another local social service agency.


Cindy came to Columbus House in 2015 as our Interim CFO and was so inspired by our compelling mission, positive organizational culture, and incredibly dedicated staff that she permanently joined the leadership team several months later.


Since those early days, Cindy has led the finance team during a time of tremendous organizational growth with a budget that swelled by nearly 62%! Cindy came on-board during the final phases of the Val Macri Apartments renovation in New Haven. She oversaw all fiscal aspects of the acquisitions of the Wallingford Emergency Shelter, Peterson Properties and Shepherd Homes in Middletown and supported the organization during two CARF accreditations.


Most recently, with the help of the board and senior leadership, Cindy led Columbus House as interim Chief Executive Officer after the departure of Alison Cunningham in August of 2019. Cindy was at the helm and helped guide the organization during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as we transitioned clients out of the shelters and into the relative safety of area hotels.


Cindy successfully secured a PPP loan which allowed Columbus House to provide front-line staff with additional COVID pay and which prevented layoffs.


According to Greg DeStefano, Columbus House board member and chair of the board finance committee, “Working with Cindy has been an absolute pleasure. She is the ultimate professional at all times, has a tremendous grasp of the complexity of the Columbus House financial workings and is just a great person as well. She will be sorely missed.”


Cindy worked tirelessly to create partnerships and a collaborative environment where staff felt empowered to seek out information and learn more about all fiscal aspects of the organization. She hopes that this transparency and trust she helped build will be her legacy here.


“I speak for the Columbus House board and staff when I say that none of us can overstate our gratitude to Cindy,” said Columbus House CEO Margaret Middleton. “She has built our finance department into an efficient powerhouse with an incredible team and robust systems. We were unbelievably lucky to have her considerable talents, skills and work ethic committed to the mission of ending homelessness. We wish her joy and good luck with her next endeavor!”


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