Celebrating TAG’s Leadership Transition

Dec 12, 2023

Chicago, IL– In a significant milestone for the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), the organization bids a fond farewell to outgoing Executive Director Chantal Forster and extends a warm welcome to Jean Westrick, beginning a new era of leadership at the institution.

Jean Westrick officially assumed the role of TAG’s third Executive Director on December 1, 2023, marking a poignant juncture for the organization. With an impressive background in leveraging technology, innovation, and program strategy to foster communities at the Chicago Community Trust, Westrick is poised to lead TAG into a promising future. Chantal Forster will continue to serve in an advisory capacity until December 31, 2023, ensuring a seamless transition.

In a strategic gathering last week, the full TAG team convened in Chicago for a planning retreat and event with Chicago TAG members and incoming Board Chair, José Aron-Diaz, Director of Technology at Bezos Earth Fund. This meeting underscores TAG’s commitment to planning and collaboration, setting the stage for Westrick’s leadership.

Chantal and Jean posing together in Chicago in front of the river

Expressing the board’s confidence and enthusiasm, incoming Board Chair José Aron-Diaz lauded Jean Westrick’s responsible and sustainable vision for TAG’s growth, deeply rooted in the organization’s mission and values. Aron-Diaz remarked, “Jean’s strategic acumen aligns seamlessly with TAG’s commitment to a charitable sector enabled by the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology. We look forward to the TAG community meeting Jean in 2024 at our TAGlocal series of micro-conferences throughout the US, EU, and UK.”

Learn more about the TAGlocal event series at tag2024.org.


Tracie Mooneyham
Director of Community Engagement, Technology Association of Grantmakers


About the Technology Association of Grantmakers

TAG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology in philanthropy to solve problems and improve lives. With over 2000 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG is the voice of technology in the philanthropic sector, providing technology professionals, tech funders, and “accidental techies” with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has built a global community, conducted groundbreaking research, and become an advocate for investment in tech infrastructure throughout the charitable sector. For more information, visit tagtech.org.