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American Osteopathic Foundation Selects Chief Executive Officer

Rita Forden will oversee strategy and development efforts in her new role as chief executive officer of the American Osteopathic Foundation.

By AOA Media Team


​Former Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society leader to build strategy for enhancing osteopathic medicine

CHICAGO (Dec. 18, 2017) — Rita Forden was named chief executive officer of the American Osteopathic Foundation, the largest nationwide foundation supporting programs and services that enhance patient care and promote osteopathic medicine.

As CEO, Forden will oversee strategy and development efforts at the American Osteopathic Foundation to further support and invest in the osteopathic profession through collaborative partnerships, research grants, humanitarian and educational scholarships and innovative osteopathic programs.

Forden was recently chief operating officer and board treasurer of the Corporate Leadership Center. She has also served as chief executive officer at Susan G. Komen, Chicago, and chief development officer at the American Cancer Society.

A graduate of Loyola University, Forden has more than twenty years of experience in senior-level development, with a proven track record of increasing return on staff and volunteer investments and improving employee and volunteer development. Over her career, Forden has raised funds in excess of $500 million.

“Rita Forden has built a philanthropic legacy on inspired leadership and smart strategy,” said Peter Ajluni, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Foundation. “Her dedication and experience will greatly advance the promotion of osteopathic medicine and support for DOs.”

About the American Osteopathic Foundation

Since 1949, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has served as the philanthropic heart of the osteopathic medical profession. The AOF supports programs and services that promote osteopathic medicine and enhance patient-centered care.  Contributions to the AOF benefit thousands of osteopathic medical professionals through grants, awards and scholarships to students, physicians and programs.