The AYF welcomes President Liz Marshall

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The American Youth Foundation is proud to officially welcome Liz Marshall to her new role as president and CEO of the organization.

As the AYF announced in October 2023, former president Anna Kay Vorsteg announced that she would pass the torch to Marshall, who most recently served as vice president beginning in 2021.

AYF values run deep in Marshall. She grew up on the dunes of Miniwanca as a young camper and seasonal staffer, eventually leading Girls Camp as Director before transitioning to Director of Advancement and then Vice President. She’s also a camper parent; both her daughters attended Miniwanca Girls Camp when they were younger.

Marshall said the AYF has shaped her passion for inclusive leadership. 

“I’m honored to lead an organization that empowers thousands of kids each year through life-changing outdoor experiences at Miniwanca and Merrowvista,” she said. “This isn’t just a job change; it’s a commitment to nurturing future leaders and creating a more welcoming, inclusive world. As AYF strides into its next century, I’m eager to uphold its legacy and take on the challenge of guiding us toward a brighter future.”

Board Chair DD Danforth Burlin said in October that Marshall has the full support of the AYF Board as she transitions into her new role.

“Liz brings seasoned professional experience from inside and outside the AYF, a deep appreciation for the power of our programs in the lives of our participants, and a firsthand understanding of the context we are now operating in,” she said. “As Board Chair, I am thrilled that Liz is grabbing the torch. As someone who has known and worked with Liz for years, I know that the organization will be in great hands.”

In preparation for the AYF’s centennial, Marshall is embarking on a nationwide tour, visiting several cities in early 2024 to meet with Founder Friends and hear their thoughts on the future of the organization.

The AYF will also gather online for a virtual townhall to hear more from Liz and other AYF leadership. More information and dates will be announced soon via the AYF email list.