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Orange County Business Journal

by Shelley Hoss, President/CEO, Orange County Community Foundation

Editors Note: Keith Swayne for 22 years served as CEO of Case Swayne Co., a maker of custom sauces and seasonings, and after its sale to BestFoods, as CEO of its successor International Food Solutions.

Since retiring in 2000, Keith has remained active on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards. Shelley Hoss is president and CEO of the Orange County Community Foundation, which is Orange County’s fourth largest nonprofit with $99.8 million in revenue for the 12 months ended June 30, 2022.

Orange County has a rich history and diverse cultural landscape. It is also a community of contrasts. While resources and economic opportunities abound, deeply rooted barriers prevent many from fully participating in our region’s economic and civic life.

For example, the 2022-23 OC Indicators Report shows that OC’s homeownership rare of 57% lags the national average of 64%, driven by significant gaps for Latino and Black residents with homeownership rates of 38% and 34% respectively, compared 65% for whites and 63% for Asians.