President of The Ruth Mott Foundation
Handy has more than 30 years of leadership experience in professional philanthropy. He joined the staff of The Ruth Mott Foundation of Flint Michigan in September 2014 as its President.
In the interim between that post and his retirement as President of the Cameron Foundation of Petersburg, Virginia in 2012, he managed an independent consulting practice that focused on executive effectiveness and advising foundations in organizational development, program planning and strategy and capacity building for nonprofit excellence. He led the Field Foundation of Illinois in Chicago from 1988 until 2003. Between 1980 and 1988 he served the Chicago Community Trust in several positions including Assistant Director, Staff Associate, Senior Staff Associate and Executive Director of the Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services, a supporting organization.
He has also worked as a consultant to the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and in Corporate Contributions with the local telephone company. Handy was instrumental in the development of the East St. Louis Community Foundation, where he served as interim Executive Director in 1985-6.
Handy has extensive nonprofit governance experience having served on the board of directors of more than two dozen civic organizations, policy institutes, and professional associations of philanthropy, most in leadership roles such as member of the executive or management committee or chairman. Immediate past experience includes four years as a member of the executive committee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and two years as chairman of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Handy studied at the University of Chicago where he earned an M.B.A. from the Booth School of Business, an M.A. from the School of Social Services Administration (SSA), and an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Between 1997 and 2000 he completed all required course work, but withdrew prior to completing the dissertation toward a PhD at SSA.