Brie Griset Smith, Sr. VP of Charitable Giving of Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF), has appointed John E. McGuirk to represent IECF in the Coachella Valley as Regional Charitable Giving Officer.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Charitable Giving Team at IECF,” said Griset Smith. “John’s unique experience working with donors, non-profits and major foundations will continue to position us as we build a culture of philanthropy in the desert to benefit our region.”

Working from the Foundation’s Palm Desert office, McGuirk’s responsibilities will be to lead the Foundation’s asset development activities, cultivate donor relationships and provide exemplary donor services in the Coachella Valley.

McGuirk has served for the past seven years as adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University, teaching strategic planning and change management. Previously, McGuirk has held senior leadership positions at Community Foundation Sonoma County, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and Arts Council Silicon Valley, directing more than $400 million in charitable donations over the past two decades. He began his career working at Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, and the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. John holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Grove City College and a master’s degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University. John recently relocated to Cathedral City with his husband, Richard, and they enjoy exploring their new home communities.

“I am honored to be joining the IECF team,” said McGuirk.  “Now that we have made Coachella Valley our new home, I look forward to partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of residents of the Coachella Valley.”

Say hello to John! You can reach him at or 951-241-7777.

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