Starfish Announces New President & CEO

Starfish Announces New President & CEO

INDIANAPOLIS – Starfish Initiative’s Board announced that Kimberly N. Bostic will serve as the newest leader for the 16 year old non-profit, whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and prepare promising, economically disadvantaged students for college and career success.


Kimberly previously held the position of Tocqueville Society Director for the United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) major gift program and individual leadership giving and was responsible for optimizing individual engagement, portfolio performance, as well as ensuring consistent and strategic integration across the entire fundraising team.  She was responsible for achieving an annual fundraising goal of $13.75 million and oversight for the $2 Million goal for individual leadership giving outside of workplace.  Through her efforts to ensure growth in fundraising and engagement of donors in this segment while providing leadership, guidance and tools for all members of the fundraising team concerning individual donor engagement, the Tocqueville Society’s annual giving has consistently increased by 1% (~$350,000) year over year 2017-2019.  


“While extremely sad to see Kim go, we are thrilled for Starfish to have found a caring, determined and strong leader to move their important work forward.  We wish all the best to Kim and her new team,” said Penny Lee, Chief Fundraising Officer for United Way of Central Indiana.


Bostic replaces Gisele Ransom Garraway who served as President & CEO for 2 years. –“I would like to thank Gisele for her leadership over the past two years to put Starfish in the strong position that it is today,” said Patrick Lenihan, Chairman of the Board at the Starfish Initiative. 


“However, I’m couldn’t be more excited for Kimberly to join us as President & CEO of Starfish. As a proven community leader with experience leading organizations and a passion for serving at-risk youth, she’s the right person to lead our organization,” said Lenihan.  


Bostic will officially assume her new role October 23, 2019.


Starfish Initiative pairs academically promising Scholars facing unearned adversity with a college-educated Mentor.  Scholars begin the program as high school freshmen. With the focus on college and career, Starfish has built a track record of success over the last 16 years: 100 percent of Scholars who finish the four-year program graduate high school, 98 percent go on to college, and in the past 6 years 78 percent are in pursuit of or have earned postsecondary degrees. 



Kimberly N. Bostic