Indianapolis Parks Foundation announces new president


A new president has been selected for the Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) Monday.

IPF announced Tanya Husain will replace former president Cindy Porteous on Monday, July 9 due to Porteous’ decision to retire earlier this year.

“The Parks Foundation board and staff are very excited to have Tanya join our team,” said Kelly Pfledderer, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation Board chair. “Her executive experience and passion for parks are a great fit for our organization.”

Husain left her position as executive director in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Indiana State Chapter. In her former position, she achieved the fundraising goal of surpassing 2011 fundraising goals.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Parks Foundation board to lead this organization,” said Husain.

She started her fundraising career at WTTW, Chicago’s Public Broadcasting Station. Husain also held the position of executive director of the American Cancer Society in Central Indiana and associate vice president of University Relations in the Advancement Office of Butler University.

“For 20 years, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation has worked closely with Indy Parks to provide private funding for capital improvements, land acquisition and program support to develop and maintain a world-class park’s system,” said Husain.  “I look forward to sharing my passion and skills as we move into the next 20 years.”

Porteous, who retired this year, joined IPF in 2000. In the past 11 years, she has lead IPF to be considered one of the most respected nonprofit organizations in the city. As president, IPF secured more than $30 million in private funds to support land acquisition, capital improvement projects and educational and nutritional programs within the Indy Parks system.

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