HUDSON — The Hudson Community Foundation has a new leader.

Amy Jordan, who has worked at the foundation for six years, is taking over as president following the resignation of Lori McCleese, who has accepted a regional development role with Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We have all enjoyed working with Lori as she has blazed the trail as HCF’s first full-time president, which has brought new energy and structure to the foundation,” board Chair Drew Forhan said.

Jordan is “an outstanding professional” who has served for the past two years as the foundation’s director of donor services.

“Amy is thoroughly familiar with our organization, mission and operations,” Forhan said. “She will ensure the continuity in our mission of improving the quality of life in the Hudson community while helping our donors meet their charitable goals. Indeed, Amy demonstrates our spirit of Hudsonites helping Hudson.”

McCleese worked for two years at the foundation, serving as its first president. The foundation has been in existence for 18 years and is located in the historical Baldwin House, 49 E. Main St.

McCleese said her biggest achievements include increasing awareness of the foundation and defining the foundation’s purpose in the community. During her tenure, the foundation raised $550,000 to endow the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration and formed the Drug Safe Hudson Coalition.

As director of donor services for Hudson Community Foundation, Jordan was responsible for service to current and prospective donors, nonprofit organizations, facilitating operations of the organization and fund holder activities.

She said she took the job as president because she cares about Hudson and the community.

“I appreciatively accepted the role of president based upon my knowledge and vision of the organization and will be overseeing and facilitating overall development and growth initiates for the foundation,” Jordan said. “I look forward to my continued work with our generous donors, board of directors and staff to establish our 2019 goals and objectives.”

In 2019, HCF will focus additional efforts and resources on initiating new special-purpose endowment funds such as those done with the fireworks, Hudson City Schools student assistance fund and Seton Catholic tuition assistance fund, Jordan said. Specific goals and ideas are in development now.

"I believe in this organization and what the organization is able to offer both in addressing community needs and providing the service we do with donor advised funds and endowments,” she said.

For more information about the Hudson Community Foundation, go to www.myHCF.org or call 330-655-3580.