2019-2020 Distinguished Alumnus

Rose Meissner, Class 20

Please join all of us at Leadership Mishawaka/South Bend in congratulating Rose Meissner, our 2020 Distinguished Alumna. President of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and a member of Leadership Class 20, Meissner exemplifies the values of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka as a true “leader of positive change.”

“At a time when we need to count every blessing, I am so grateful to work for the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County,” says Meissner. “I get to know such remarkable people. By giving me this award, Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka has generously placed me in the company of many of the people I have most admired. This is an honor I will try to live up to, and one more beautiful blessing to count.”

Meissner joined the Community Foundation in 1992. Under her leadership, the Foundation has grown its assets to more than $200 million and has returned more than $100 million in grants to our community since inception.

Skilled as a convener, fundraiser, and creative problem solver, Meissner excels at bringing the right people and resources together to address our community’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. Her proactive initiative work in education, arts and culture, health and human services, and community development has changed the place we call “home” for the better—and she continues this game-changing work each and every day. You can read more about Meissner, her accomplishments, and the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County at www.cfsjc.org.

As 2020 Distinguished Alumna, Meissner joins an all-star list of recipients who exemplify the values of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka.