MiracleFeet Welcomes New CEO
Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld co-founded MiracleFeet thirteen years ago with a group of parents and orthopedic surgeons and has led and grown the organization since. MiracleFeet is pleased to announce that, effective October 1, Colloredo-Mansfeld will step down and Daphne Sorensen, formerly President of MiracleFeet, will become the new CEO and ex-officio board member.
Colloredo-Mansfeld will remain an integral part of MiracleFeet transitioning into a newly created role of Strategic Advisor stewarding MiracleFeet’s major donors, supporting fundraising, and advising on long-term strategy. She will also remain on MiracleFeet’s Board of Directors.
MiracleFeet has come a long way since its founding in 2010 enrolling more than 70,000 children in treatment, expanding to over 30 countries, and raising $45+ million to support our mission. Three years ago, recognizing the need to plan for succession, Colloredo-Mansfeld and MiracleFeet’s Board jointly developed a strategy to recruit a President to take over day-to-day operations and team management, allowing Colloredo-Mansfeld to focus on high-impact fundraising and strategic planning. Sorensen was hired as President and joined in September of 2020 with the hope that she would transition into the role of CEO.
“Fortunately, our plan worked out beautifully,” shares Colloredo-Mansfeld. “Daphne is a fabulous leader of people, a visionary defender of children’s rights, and a passionate supporter of MiracleFeet’s vision. I have complete confidence that she is the right person to complete the work we started to end the disability caused by untreated clubfoot globally – and in our lifetimes.”
Mark Pavao, Chair of MiracleFeet’s board of directors said: “I’ve known Chesca for over 30 years and I know how devoted she is to the mission. Thanks to her tireless efforts, 70,000 children around the world can walk, run, and have bright futures. Daphne brings decades of experience leading and building teams for major international development organizations and advocating for child rights around the world. She has demonstrated her ability to bring her own energy and ideas to MiracleFeet, while fully embracing our focused and ambitious strategy. I believe we have forged a terrific plan that allows us to have the best of both worlds and secure a strong future for MiracleFeet.”
“Chesca’s legacy is enduring, and her drive is infectious,” says Sorensen. “The relationships she’s fostered, the tools and systems she’s helped hone, and the vision she’s shaped paves the path for MiracleFeet to exponentially increase our reach and impact around the world. I’m thrilled to lead this exciting new organizational chapter and grateful for her continued involvement and support.”
MiracleFeet is on a mission to eliminate untreated clubfoot by bringing the low-cost, nonsurgical standard of care to high-need countries worldwide. Through partnerships with local healthcare providers, MiracleFeet has helped 70,000+ children across 275+ clinics in 30+ countries. We are the largest global organization solely dedicated to ending this solvable problem for every child born with it, forever.