We have been engaged in a national search for the right candidate to lead Ballmer Group’s philanthropic team, a dynamic leader guiding our resources and civic activism to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Terri Ludwig will join Ballmer Group as President of Philanthropy in our Seattle office, effective January 7, 2019.
In her role as CEO and President at Enterprise Community Partners since 2011, Terri improved communities and people’s lives nationwide through community reinvestments and by making well-designed homes affordable. Terri has grown Enterprise to a 1,200-person organization with a national presence, 11 regional offices, and impact in every state. Terri’s professional background and experience demonstrate the type of leadership we need to guide our teams in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Detroit, and to thoughtfully expand our impact both regionally and nationally.
While our search brought us into contact with an impressive array of candidates who have dedicated their lives to making a positive difference, Terri’s experience and expertise aligns closely with our focus. As a leader with experience in multiple sectors – private, government, and nonprofit – Terri understands the complex nature of developing partnerships, policies, and practices that can create an ecosystem where kids and families thrive. Recognizing that poverty can’t be overcome with one silver bullet, Terri directed Enterprise’s work to integrate housing with health care, transit, education, and other services, providing holistic community support to help improve lives. We have really enjoyed our conversations with Terri – her optimism and positive energy are contagious, and her ability to see challenges as opportunities will serve us well as we chase an ambitious vision.
Prior to her work at Enterprise, Terri was President, CEO, and Chairman of Merrill Lynch Community Development Co., where she built and led the strategy for the company’s community reinvestment activities. Terri started her career at Merrill Lynch, and she has held leadership positions at Credit Suisse First Boston and at the nonprofit Accion New York. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Our leadership search began last spring when current managing director Jeff Edmondson determined that he was not able to move to Seattle for family reasons. With Terri’s hire, Jeff now will transition to his new role as Executive Director of Community Mobilization. He will be based in Cincinnati and oversee our support of community-based work in our priority regions and across the country, as well as work with partners to drive a national movement to develop and amplify best practices.
We could not be more excited about the year ahead. And we are as focused as we’ve ever been on how to most effectively support children and families.
Connie and Steve Ballmer
Co-Founders, Ballmer Group