The Community Foundation of South Alabama announced that it has named Rebecca Byrne as the Foundation’s new president and chief executive officer. Byrne, who is currently executive director of United Way of Baldwin County (UWBC), will assume the post on March 10.

“Upon the recent resignation of our current president, the executive committee met and reviewed candidates from the national search conducted in 2011 for the Foundation by The 360 Group of San Francisco,” said Foundation Board Chairman Dr. Bernard H. Eichold, II in a press release. “As one of the leading candidates in the national search Byrne was selected to lead the Foundation because of her history of success and understanding of the non-profit community throughout our region.”

Under her leadership at UWBC since April 2009, Byrne reorganized and fostered unity after the merger of North Baldwin United Way and South Baldwin United Way. In her five years leading the organization, she increased giving during the recession and BP oil spill. During her tenure, Byrne attracted new grants totaling more than $700,000 beyond regular giving.

Also during her time with United Way, Byrne reduced administrative costs by more than 50 percent, increased overall allocations to partner agencies focusing on programs addressing education, health, and financial stability, and launched the Young Leaders Society to enhance participation among young professionals.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Community Foundation at this critical juncture for Southwest Alabama,” said Byrne. “Though our area faces significant issues, we also have tremendous opportunities in every facet of our community life together. I look forward to working with the Foundation’s board, investors, and those whom we serve as we expand opportunities for everyone.”

Byrne is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Mobile. A member of St. James Episcopal Church, she and her husband U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne have four adult children – Patrick, Kathleen, Laura and Colin.