Best started DonorsChoose.org at the Bronx, N.Y., public high school
where he taught. His website's message is that every teacher can be a
change-maker and every citizen can be a philanthropist. On the website,
public school teachers post classroom project requests and donors pick
the projects they want to support. Donors get photographs and thank-you
letters from the classrooms they chose to help. To date, 93,000 teachers
have used the site to secure more than $30 million in books, art
supplies, technology, and other resources. More than three million
students from low-income families have been helped through the website.
National media have profiled DonorsChoose.org as "the future of
philanthropy." In 2009, Fortune magazine featured Best in its "40 under
40" list of "business's hottest rising stars."
Vice President, Client Services, Monitor Institute
Kibbe has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years as an executive, consultant, grantmaker, and foundation program director. She also served as vice president for programs and effectiveness at the Skoll Foundation and as the director of the Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Program at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She has co-authored two books—"Succeeding with Consultants" and "Grantmaking Basics"—and was selected twice by the Nonprofit Times for its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector.
Senior Vice President, Donor Services, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Page leads Rockefeller’s Donor Services unit. Previously a program officer at the Ford Foundation, he served in its Rural Poverty and Economic Development divisions. Page is chairman of Community Resource Group Inc., a nonprofit housing and infrastructure organization. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Southern New Hampshire University School of Business Administration.
President and CEO, Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation, and founder, GiveMN.org
Rhodes has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She is engaged in community endeavors related to economic development, ending homelessness, transportation, early childhood and K-12 education, and racism. She was president of the Minnesota Children's Museum. Before that, her career focused on fundraising, including roles at the College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota Private College Fund, the American Heart Association and as a partner in the national consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner.
president and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Ibargüen is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo
Herald. He also serves as chairman of the board of the World Wide Web
Foundation and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at The
Miami Herald, the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is a member of the
boards of PepsiCo, the Council on Foreign Relations, and AMR Corporation
(American Airlines). Ibargüen has also served on the boards of Lincoln
Center for the Performing Arts, the Committee to Protect Journalists,
Wesleyan University, Smith College, and the Trustees' Council of the
National Gallery of Art. He was board chair of PBS and of the Florida
Philharmonic Orchestra. Ibargüen graduated from Wesleyan University and
the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law
school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela's Amazon Territory and
in Colombia. He practiced law in Hartford, Conn., until he joined the
Hartford Courant and then Newsday in New York.
Teri A Hansen
President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
As president and CEO, Hansen manages the daily work of Florida’s largest community foundation as it inspires people and mobilizes resources to strengthen the communities it serves. Under her stewardship, the foundation recently surpassed $100 million in grants. She also has overseen the creation and funding of major leadership initiatives, such as an analysis of Florida’s 9-1-1 system that helped lead to passage of a milestone public-safety law in 2010. Hansen earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
President and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust
Mazany joined The Chicago Community Trust in 2001 and became president and CEO in 2004. He leads one of the nation’s largest community foundations with assets of more than $1.5 billion. He recently was elected to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago board and is active in several Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, including Donors Forum and the Chicago High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. Mazany is also on the Council on Foundations board and chairs the Community Foundations Leadership Team. He earned master’s degrees in anthropology and business administration from the University of Arizona.
Professor, consultant, author of "What Would Google Do?"
Jarvis is an author and journalist, a former TV critic for TV Guide and
People magazine, and the creator and founding editor of Entertainment
Weekly magazine. He also served as president and creative director of
Advance.net, as Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York
Daily News, as a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, and as city
editor and a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He also writes an
influential blog, Buzzmachine.com. His book "What Would Google Do?"
deconstructs the fastest-growing company in history to come up with
rules for applying Google's success to our businesses and lives. Jarvis
will sign his best-selling book at the Council on Foundations 2010 Fall
Conference for Community Foundations.
U.S. secretary of education
In his confirmation hearings, Duncan expressed his commitment "to
enhance education in America, to lift our children and families out of
poverty, to help our students learn to contribute to the civility of our
great American democracy, and to strengthen our economy by producing a
work force that can make us as competitive as possible." It is a cause
he has been focused on throughout his career. Before his appointment as
secretary of education, Duncan spent seven years as the CEO of the
Chicago Public Schools—making him the longest-serving big-city education
superintendent in history. Prior to that, he ran Ariel Education
Initiative, a nonprofit education foundation. He graduated magna cum
laude from Harvard with a degree in sociology. He was co-captain of
Harvard's basketball team and later played professionally in Australia.
Carol R. Johnson
Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Under Johnson’s leadership, the 56,000-student Boston Public Schools (BPS) district has focused on closing achievement and access gaps as well as graduating all students prepared for college and career success. BPS currently has its lowest dropout rate in more than two decades and students most recently outperformed their urban peers in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Senior editor of Newsweek and author of "Dumb Money:
How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation"
Gross is one of the most widely read economic/financial writers working
today. In the past year, he has reported from Vietnam, Switzerland, and
Iceland and has written Newsweek cover stories on Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan, the global market meltdown, and the crisis of
confidence on Wall Street. He also writes the "Moneybox" column for
Slate and appears regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and National Public
Radio. Before joining Newsweek in 2007, Gross was a columnist for The
New York Times and a contributing writer to New York, Wired, and Fortune
magazines. He is the author of several books. His latest, "Dumb Money:
How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation," was published
in 2009. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has a master's
degree from Harvard.
Vice President, Programs, Arizona Community Foundation
Alling oversees the Arizona Community Foundation's (ACF) competitive
grant process and plays a leadership role in ACF community initiatives
focusing on affordable housing, arts and culture, community development,
civic engagement, and nonprofit capacity building. Before joining the
ACF team, she served as executive director for the Arizona Alliance for
Arts Education, a nonprofit network affiliated with the Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She also worked as the
manager of education and outreach for Arizona State University public
events and is an accomplished speaker, workshop presenter, and grant
Karen Keating Ansara
Fund Advisor, Ansara Family Foundation
Ansara and her husband Jim support global anti-poverty programs through a donor advised fund at the Boston Foundation that focuses on six countries: Nepal, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, and Haiti. Just after the Haitian earthquake, the Ansaras established the Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund at the Boston Foundation that raised $1 million. Grants are recommended by a committee of Haitian leaders, experts in international development, and international philanthropists. Keating Ansara is also chair of New England International Donors, which brings donors together to increase the quantity and quality of international philanthropy from New England.
Executive Director, Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Anthony joined the Oklahoma City Community Foundation as executive director in 1985 when it had assets of $20 million. She has helped direct the growth of its assets to more than $525 million during 2010. Before joining the foundation, she served as a consultant in statistics and demography. As a community volunteer, Anthony has served for 33 years on the Metropolitan Library Commission, including six years as chairman. Anthony received a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, two master’s degrees from Yale University, and a Ph. D. from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Director of Information Management, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
Arnoldi has a diverse background in psychology, criminal justice, and
computer technology. In her current role as information technology
officer at the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) of South Carolina, she
talks to local groups about social media and does her best to stay
current with the latest online tools. Prior to joining the CCF team, she
worked in the mental health field and still maintains her professional
Ian G. Banwell
CEO, CIO, and Founder, Round Table Investment Management
Before starting Round Table Investment Management, Banwell served as CIO
of Bank of America from 1999 to 2007. During his tenure, he was
responsible for capital commitment, portfolio construction, and asset
allocation of domestic and international interest rate, credit, and
equity positions. Banwell also served as chairman of the bank's
Asset-Liability Committee and Equity Risk Forum and was a member of the
Finance and Management Operating committees. Prior to joining Bank of
America, he worked for Bankers Trust and Chemical Bank in New York as
well as Barclays Bank in Hong Kong.
Executive Director, The Erie Community Foundation
Since Batchelor was selected as the first executive director of The Erie Community Foundation in 1990, he has grown foundation assets from $20 million to $200 million. He has consulting experience with nearly 30 different community foundations across the country. He was a founder of the Council on Foundation's CEONet program and is a member of the Community Foundations Leadership Team. Batchelor received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in public policy analysis from Kent State University.
Vice President of Operations and Finance, The Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County
Before joining The Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County six years ago, Batman was the investor relations coordinator for an IT consulting firm. When that firm was acquired in 2004, she decided to pursue her passion for making a positive difference by choosing a career in the nonprofit sector. At the foundation, she is responsible for day- to-day operations, as well as for finances and grant administration. Batman chairs the Decatur Jobs Council and is active on several local and statewide boards. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Bennett joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne as executive director in 1995. From 1988 to 1995, he was the president of the Taxpayers Research Association which at the time was the largest taxpayer advocacy group in the state. Bennett received his bachelor's degree in economics from Williams College and a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University. His biography of Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall was published in January 2007.
Director of Technology, Cleveland Foundation
Bickel oversees the foundation's technology systems. He arrived in 2001 from North American Refractories, where he was manager of applications development. Prior to that, he served in various IT roles at Ernst & Young, Brush Wellman, and Forest City Enterprises. He serves on the Council on Foundation’s Technology Affinity Group and is a volunteer with Geauga County Habitat for Humanity. Bickel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
Communications Manager, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Bowie is the communications manager for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Nonprofit Resource Center. She has served on the boards of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Sarasota Audubon Society for the past four years. In 2006, she won the Rising Star Award from FPRA's Central West Coast Chapter, and in 2009 she received its Promoting the Profession Award. Last year, she was named one of Gulf Coast Business Review's 40 Under 40 winners. Bowie holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida.
Renée B. Branch
Director of Diversity and Inclusive Practices, Council on Foundations
Branch works with philanthropic leaders and organizations to advance diversity and inclusiveness as a tool of effectiveness. She also serves as staff liaison to the Council’s Committee on Inclusiveness, which develops initiatives designed to address the talent pipeline coming into grantmaking organizations and the cultural environment of those organizations.
Branch has 15 years of senior-level experience in management, public administration, and development. Formerly, she served as diversity faculty fellow and adjunct professor of public administration at Washington State University. She earned a master’s degree from Drexel University and completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
Senior Vice President, Tides/Managing Director, Tides Shared Spaces
Brotsky is a senior vice president at Tides and the managing director of Tides Shared Spaces, a Tides program that creates, operates, and promotes sustainable work space and shared services for nonprofits. She joined Tides in 1990 as chief financial officer. She also co-founded and is executive director of The NonprofitCenters Network, a cross-sector North American network of nonprofits and their philanthropic and real estate partners using education and peer networking to build capacity in the nonprofit sector. Brotsky received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Golden Gate University.
Brad C. Bumgardner
Executive Director, Parke County Community Foundation
Bumgardner joined the Parke County Community Foundation in 1997, serving first as a board member, then as board vice chair and as executive director since 2000. He is past chair of the Community Foundation State Committee in Indiana, is a member of the panel of advisers to Eli Lilly & Co.’s Clinton Laboratories, is a board member at the Parke County Learning Center, and serves on Gov. Mitch Daniel’s (R-Ind.) Courthouse Preservation Advisory Commission. Bumgardner received his bachelor’s degree from Lincoln Christian University, where he captained the basketball and baseball teams.
COO/Executive in Residence, The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Carlee provides day-to-day oversight of ICMA’s operations and leads efforts to provide research and implementation tools to professional local government executives. He joined the ICMA staff after working for more than 30 years in local government, where he held a variety of senior executive positions–including county manager of Arlington, Va. Carlee is a fellow in the National Academy for Public Administration and tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium. He holds a Doctorate in Public.
Emmett D. Carson
CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Hired in 2006 to establish a new, regional community foundation from the unprecedented merger of Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Carson is responsible for providing the vision for one of the largest community foundations in the United States with assets of $1.7 billion. Before that, he served as president and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation received national recognition for its grantmaking in the areas of housing, immigration, and education. Carson received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.
Assistant Director, Housing and Community Development, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
In her role at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Cavanaugh focuses on homelessness, affordable housing, and community development issues. In her 11 years at the agency, she has spearheaded inclusionary housing programs for the city and county, the housing trust fund, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Sacramento, and the creation of a comprehensive and transformative homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing program. Prior to joining the agency, Cavanaugh spent 13 years working for a variety of housing finance programs at the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
Vice President for Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
As vice president for programs, Christopher serves on the executive team that provides overall direction and leadership for the Kellogg Foundation and provides leadership for food, health and well-being, and racial equity programming. She is a nationally recognized leader in health policy and has received many honors during her career. In 2009, she was named an honorary fellow for the Society for Public Health Education—the highest recognition given to a nonmember who has made significant contributions to health education and public health. She also is the author or coauthor of three books.
President, Bryan Clontz & Associates
Clontz specializes in non-cash asset receipt and liquidation, gift annuity reinsurance brokerage, gift annuity risk management consulting, life insurance appraisals, and CRT/CGA investment management. He also serves as president of Charitable Solutions and as a senior consultant for Ekstrom & Associates. From 1994 to 2003, he served as the national director of planned giving for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and then as vice president of advancement at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degrees in risk management and insurance and financial services.
Rick J. Cole
Senior Pastor, Capital Christian Center
Cole is the senior pastor of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, Calif., where he oversees a pastoral staff of 17, a private school of about 1,100 students, and 300 church and school employees. He has been involved in philanthropic endeavors in Mexico, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Italy, Russia, and Peru. He also has developed programs to assist his local community through Equal Start (providing assistance to inner-city school children), Character Combine (providing training for high school coaches and community sports leaders), and Champions (assisting special-needs families).
Principal, Community Technology Advisors
Coleman helps communities make the connection between telecommunications and economic development. As a principal in Community Technology Advisors for the past eight years, he assists community, foundation, and corporate clients in developing and implementing broadband infrastructure investment and technology promotion and training programs. Prior to forming Community Technology Advisors, he managed Onvoy’s Integrated Community Network rural market development efforts and staffed the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development Star City and Business Retention and Expansion programs. Coleman has a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University. He is also certified as an economic development finance professional.
President and CEO, CEOs for Cities
In addition to her duties at CEOs for Cities, Coletta is host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show, "Smart City" (www.smartcityradio.com
). Previously, she served as president of Coletta & Company in Memphis and as executive director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Lamda Alpha International 2009 International Journalism Award for her work with CEOs for Cities and "Smart City." The year before, she was named one of the world's 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank.
Senior Vice President of Community Philanthropy, Foundation For The Carolinas
Collier oversees the Foundation For The Carolina's competitive grants programs as well as affiliate board relationships in 13 counties throughout North and South Carolina. He also leads the coordination of the foundation's civic leadership initiatives. Prior to joining the foundation in January 2007, Collier served as vice president for marketing and development at KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. He also was president and executive director of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for chronically ill children.
C. Michael Crisp
Attorney, Grier Furr & Crisp
Crisp focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning and probate, with a primary emphasis on rendering sophisticated estate planning for high-net-worth individuals. He is a board-certified specialist in estate planning and probate law and a member of the Mecklenburg County (N.C.), Bar and the American Bar Association; the Estate Planning and Probate sections of the Mecklenburg County and North Carolina bar associations; and the Charlotte Estate Planning Council. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Gregory D. Curtis
Chairman of the Board, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Curtis not only serves as board chair for The Pittsburgh Foundation, he holds a prestigious "day job" as chairman, managing director, and founder of Greycourt & Co. Inc., a global wealth advisory firm. He also served as president of a family office for the Mellon family for many years and as president of the Laurel Foundation. In addition, Curtis is the author of a series of white papers on a variety of investment topics of interest to private investors and endowed institutions. He is a graduate of both Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.
Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Dedecker has more than two decades of leadership experience focused on community collaborations, organizational change, leadership development, and board governance. In her current position with Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, she leads change efforts and helps individuals achieve their charitable goals. She is credited with steering the organization's first-ever strategic planning process and increasing its impact on critical issues. Previously, Dedecker was executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, where she worked to remove gender-based inequities related to representation on boards, domestic violence, and economic self-sufficiency.
Chief of Staff/Corporate Secretary, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
Deming joined the Gulf Coast Community Foundation in August 2000. She has been chief of staff since November 2002 and was appointed corporate secretary in June 2003. She wears many hats: she is the foundation's liaison to the board, human resources manager, and offers advice on operation issues. Deming is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Leadership Sarasota County Executive Council. She holds a master's degree in human resources from George Mason University and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Furman University.
CEO, Citizen Logistics
Edelman founded Citizen Logistics to bring real-time coordination and mobile mutual assistance to the world. Before that, he was instrumental in growing CouchSurfing.com from 100,000 members to more than a million members and in designing the trust and reputation metrics and rules involved. In 15 years working with research labs and Internet startups—including the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Interval Research Corporation—Edelman has remained focused on the problems of the real-time, real-world Web and the use of computational tools to navigate continuous data sources.
Principal, Emrich Enterprises
Emrich worked for 15 years with governments and nongovernmental organizations to develop primary health care delivery systems in the global south—primarily in Africa. Today, she works as an independent consultant, helping to launch, strengthen, and build regional, national, and international social profit organizations and projects. An individual donor herself, she advises family foundations and individuals on effective, social justice grantmaking. Emrich is also the coordinator of the Other Worlds Are Possible Giving Circle, and a co-creator/developer of the National Progressive Leadership Campus in Washington, D.C.
Chief Giving Officer, Sacramento Region Community Foundation
Enriquez has spent the last 16 years directing diverse grantmaking initiatives in excess of $50 million. In her current role as chief giving officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, she is responsible for a variety of grantmaking programs. She also has held leadership positions with ZeroDivide and the California Telehealth and Telemedicine Center. She is recent graduate of the Metro Chamber's Leadership Sacramento class of 2008 and received her bachelor and master's degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a recipient of an educational grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Jennifer C. Evins
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Spartanburg County Foundation
In addition to serving as vice chairman for the foundation’s board of trustees, Evins serves on many other boards in Spartanburg County. She chairs the Cultural Facilities Planning Committee for The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg; co-chairs the Capital Campaign for Spartanburg’s Center for Arts, Science, and History; and serves as vice chairman for Leadership Spartanburg’s board of regents. Evins recently was awarded the David W. Reid Award for Achievement in the Arts and was honored with the Service to Mankind Award from the Spartanburg Uptown Sertoma Club. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College.
R. Samuel Fraundorf
President, Wilmington Trust Investment Management (WTIM)
Fraundorf joined Wilmington Trust in 2004 with a great deal of experience in the financial and investment industries. Before becoming president of WTIM, the investment advisory arm of Wilmington Trust, he served as WTIM’s chief operating officer and as director of research for Wilmington Trust. Earlier in his career, he was director of alternative assets for a Big Four accounting firm and was responsible for a Fortune 50 company’s pension and health care plans. Fraundorf has a master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University and bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Idaho.
Terri Lee Freeman
President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Under Freeman's leadership, the foundation's assets have grown six-fold since 1996, establishing it as the largest local grantmaker in the metropolitan Washington region and one of the top 50 foundations nationwide. It has shown leadership on a variety of community issues, including education and work-force development. Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Freeman was the founding executive director of the Freddie Mac Foundation. She serves as chair of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. Washingtonian magazine named her one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington in 2009.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Council on Foundations
Before joining the Council in 1999, Gallagher spent 17 years in the private practice of law, most recently at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. The author of numerous articles, Gallagher speaks frequently on legal issues affecting private foundations and other grantmaking institutions. She is a member of the D.C. Bar and the Exempt Organization Committee of the American Bar Association's Tax Section, for which she co-chairs the Community Foundations Subcommittee. A graduate of Trinity University and Boston College Law School, Gallagher holds a master of law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Deputy Director, Philanthropic Services, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Ganzert advises foundations, businesses, and high-net-worth individuals seeking to maximize the scope and scale of their charitable investments. With more than a decade of experience in the private, nonprofit, and foundation sectors, she frequently is called upon to offer presentations at industry forums on family philanthropy, best governance practices, and charitable giving strategies for affluent individuals and private wealth advisers. She has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina as well as five professional financial management and accounting certifications.
Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLP
As a senior manager for Deloitte Tax, Gilardi has extensive experience in the foundation, exempt health care provider, and nonprofit sectors. She provides a number of services to her nonprofit clients, including consulting on key tax-exempt issues such as unrelated business income, global philanthropy, excise taxes, alternative investment taxation and reporting, and state and local income tax matters. Gilardi has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a J.D. degree from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Linetta J. Gilbert
Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Gilbert manages Ford’s global community philanthropy portfolio and provides leadership for its investments in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in philanthropic leadership, federal and state policy development, and advocacy. She is an active leader in several national philanthropy and affinity groups and is a founder of the New Orleans Children’s Museum and Agenda for Children. In 2008, Gilbert received two awards from the Council on Foundations: the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking and the Critical Impact Award for Grantmaking.
Robert D. Gioia
President, The John R. Oishei Foundation
A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Gioia began his career in 1970 operating the Gioia Macaroni Co. He was chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority from 1990 to 1998, where he pioneered the completion of the $120 million Buffalo Niagara International Airport. He was appointed president of the Oishei Foundation in January 2009 and serves as a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region. Gioia is chair of Great Lakes Health System and was named one of The Buffalo News’ Citizens of the Year in 1997 and 2007.
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation
Golden has overall responsibility for The Rhode Island Foundation’s asset development and donor stewardship activities and helps set the strategic direction of the foundation. She joined the foundation in 1991 as its first development professional and served as senior vice president for philanthropic services from 1993 to 2005. During that time, she grew the Philanthropic Services Department from a one-person office to an eight-member development team with multifaceted products and program offerings. A Rhode Island native, Golden received her bachelor’s degree from Drew University and a master's in community health from the University of Maryland.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Marin Community Foundation
Goff joined the Marin Community Foundation team in 2006 after more than 20 years of for-profit management experience, including 15 years with IBM as a senior manager. Before that she worked in marketing and corporate finance in Silicon Valley after beginning her career in public accounting. She currently serves on the Council on Foundations’ Technology Action Team and Technology Task Force. She also serves on the board of directors and is vice president for the Marin Humane Society. Goff has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.
Executive Director, CF Insights
Becca oversees CF Insights, the division of FSG Social Impact Advisors that provides a knowledge platform and benchmarking resources for the community foundation field. She also has led a wide range of strategy development and evaluation projects for FSG, with a particular focus on geographically targeted or place-based private and community foundations. Prior to joining FSG, Graves was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a community-based organization focused on family homelessness. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and applied mathematics from Dartmouth College.
Donald J. Greene
National Philanthropic Product and Sales Support Executive, Bank of America's Philanthropic Management Group
Greene brings more than 15 years of philanthropic, nonprofit, and grantmaking experience to the bank. He has worked with independent, corporate, community, and family foundations during his career. Greene also has directed the start--up of several successful not-for-profit and for-profit enterprises in the fields of community development, health care, and education. He serves as immediate past president of hopeFound, a social service organization serving greater Boston's homeless, and as trustee of the Clipper Ship Foundation. Greene holds a graduate degree from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
President and CEO, Council on Foundations
Gunderson became president and CEO of the Council in 2005. Before that, he was the senior consultant and managing director of the Washington, D.C., office of The Greystone Group. He previously served three terms in the Wisconsin State Legislature and 16 years in the U.S. Congress, where he was a recognized leader on agriculture, education, employment policy, health care, and human rights issues. The lead author of "The Jobs Revolution: Changing How America Works," Gunderson is recognized for his insight and analysis on the national political issues of the day. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South
Hanchett is in his 11th year as staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South. His work has helped the museum win national awards for several exhibits, and in 2006 it was honored by the White House for its community service. Hanchett’s book, “Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875–1975,” is the standard scholarly work on the Queen City. He writes widely on other southern topics, from soft drinks to education history.
Todd M. Hanson
Vice President of Donor Relations and Programs, Orange County Community Foundation
Hanson helps foundation donors by developing personalized giving plans, arranging agency tours, organizing presentations on community issues, providing research reports on nonprofits, and implementing community initiatives. He also visits more than 100 local charities each year to stay informed on the latest programs, services, and results. Hanson has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofits, including nine years at the Orange County Community Foundation, and is the former executive director of Camp Fire USA in Orange County. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton.
Trustee, Ettinger Foundation
Hapgood has been involved with three family foundations over the past 20 years: the Ettinger Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, and the Prentice Foundation. When not involved with foundation endeavors, she has worked as program director, development director, and media consultant to several nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as the executive director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, a regional association of local, regional, and national grantmakers who fund in North Carolina. Hapgood received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree from Duke University.
Scott B. Harsh
President and CEO, Fund Evaluation Group
Since 2002, when Harsh took over as president and CEO of Fund Evaluation Group (FEG), the company has grown from a regional, consulting-only firm to a leading national, full-service investment advisory firm with about $28 billion in assets under advisement and more than 75 employees. Harsh has been an investment professional for 20 years. Before joining the FEG team in 1990, he was a financial analyst at Hunter Savings Association. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
W. Barnes Hauptfuhrer
Chief Executive Officer, Chapter IV Investors LLC
Hauptfuhrer founded Chapter IV Investors, a "hybrid" investment firm, in February 2006. He previously served as co-head of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Wachovia Corp. (formerly First Union Corp.) from January 1999 to May 2004. Before that, he founded and served as managing partner of First Union Capital Partners, a private equity investment group within First Union, from April 1988 to December 1998. He began his career as an investment banker/mergers and acquisitions adviser with Kidder, Peabody in New York.
James W. Head
Interim CEO and Vice President of Programs, The San Francisco Foundation
Head has more than 25 years of experience in the field of community and economic development. Before joining The San Francisco Foundation team, he served as president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. Head recently was appointed commissioner for the Port of Oakland and serves on the Aviation and Commercial Real Estate committees. Other past and present affiliations include Union Bank, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Northern California Grantmakers, the National Center for Youth Law, and the Neighborhood Funders Group.
Executive Director, the Intergenerational Center at Temple University
For more than 30 years, Henkin has mobilized people of all ages and cultures to serve as resources to each other and to their communities. In addition to developing a wide range of intergenerational programs, she has consulted with local, national, and international organizations in the aging, youth, education, and community development fields. She is directing Communities for All Ages, a place-based initiative designed to address issues from a multigenerational perspective. Henkin received her bachelor's degree from Simmons College and her Ph.D. from Temple University. She is also an Ashoka Fellow.
A. Dirk Hightower
Executive Director, Children's Institute
Hightower has been executive director of Children's Institute since 1991. He is also a senior research associate at the University of Rochester. Prior to that, he served as research director for Children's Institute and the Center for Community Study from 1982 to 1991. He helped initiate and continues to be involved with the Rochester Early Childhood Assessment Partnership, a multiagency collaborative. In addition, Hightower is past president of the New York Association of School Psychologists, and served three terms on the board of education of the Rush-Henrietta Central School District, where he is also a past president.
Partner, Barrington Partners
Hunter has more than 25 years of experience managing operating groups and businesses within the investment, trust, capital, and high-net-worth markets. At Barrington Partners, he is engaged in many business evaluation, process review, vendor selection, and technology research projects. Before that, he worked for Bankers Trust, where he was responsible for capital markets support in Europe. He also was president of Fidelity Investment’'s personal trust and mutual fund wrap businesses and U.S. chief operating officer of State Street’s middle office outsourcing business. He is a graduate of Imperial College in London.
Senior Vice President/Benefits Compliance Leader, East Area, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc.
Ives has more than 25 years of employee benefits industry experience and is a frequent public speaker on a wide variety of health and welfare, fringe benefit, and tax-qualified and nonqualified retirement plan topics. In his current position he is responsible for managing the health and welfare benefits legal compliance function for Wells Fargo's insurance brokerage operations in the eastern half of the United States. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Director, The Center for Family Philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Jacobs oversees all aspects of The Center for Family Philanthropy, which provides family-centered grantmaking, educational, and estate-planning services to more than 700 donors and their families. She has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in New York and Atlanta. Jacobs is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2010 and served as co-chair of the 2010 Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference. She has a law degree from the New York University School of Law and a bachelor's from Barnard College.
Tara Pringle Jefferson
Public Affairs Associate, The Cleveland Foundation
Jefferson manages social media outreach at The Cleveland Foundation, in addition to having daily oversight of the website and intranet. She also provides communications support for the foundation's responsive grantmaking and affiliated programs, including the Civic Innovation Lab, Neighborhood Connections, and the Literary Cooperative. Jefferson has a bachelor's degree from Kent State University. She is a two-time John S. Knight Scholar, an award given to outstanding journalism students in northeast Ohio. She is also past president of the Kent State University chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Paula Doherty Johnson
Vice President and Director, Center for Global Philanthropy, The Philanthropic Initiative Inc.
In her role at The Philanthropic Initiative Inc. (TPI), Johnson leads efforts to understand, strengthen, and support global philanthropy and its impact on global development. Before that, she was a research fellow with the Global Equity Initiative (GEI) at Harvard University. Prior to joining TPI and GEI, Johnson worked with several international development organizations, including the Academy for Educational Development, the Education Development Center, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a master's from the London School of Economics.
President, World Design Marketing
Johnson has held marketing and management positions with Naegele Advertising, AlphaGraphics, and The Walt Disney Co.—where he developed and marketed several start-up businesses. He has a long track record of producing successful brand identity and marketing campaigns. World Design Marketing, where he is a partner, is a fully integrated advertising agency that offers brand development, strategic marketing, creative, and media services. Headquartered on Hilton Head Island, S.C., the firm also has an office in Orlando, Fla.
President and CEO, Maine Community Foundation
Jones has been president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation since January 2009. Previously, she served as the foundation's vice president of programs. Before that, she was director of education and training for the Maine Health Care Association. And at the Maine Development Fund, she was a member of the team that created Leadership Maine, the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, and the Policy Leaders Academy. Jones is a member of the editorial review committee for the Maine Policy Review and sits on the advisory council of the Margaret Chase Smith Center.
Nancy E. Jones
President, Community Foundation of North Texas
As president of the Community Foundation of North Texas, Jones is responsible for the foundation’s annual assets of $130 million and grant awards of $8 million each year. Prior to her move to Fort Worth, she was the founding president of the Community Foundation of Abilene, building it from an initial base of $750,000 to $80 million in endowed assets. She presently serves on the executive committee and the board of the Texas Tech University Foundation. Jones has a doctorate from the University of Kentucky at Lexington and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Southern California.
John G. Jung
Co-Founder and Chairman, Intelligent Community Forum and President, Intelligent Community Association
Jung is an award-winning registered urban planner, urban designer, economic developer, and global speaker on planning, development, urban design, and economic development-related issues, especially related to "intelligent communities." He is co-founder and chairman of the Intelligent Community Forum, a global think tank headquartered in New York City. He is also the first president of the newly formed Intelligent Community Association representing a league of 86 intelligent communities around the world. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has a master's degree from the University of Manchester.
Board Chair, Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County
Jungwirth has been very active in city government and served as an alderman. During that period she chaired the city’s personnel committee and was also chairman of the Ethics Board. She was a police and fire commissioner for many years as well. Following her civic career, she worked at the Daily Tribune, eventually becoming president and publisher. Jungwirth was president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Advertising Executives Association and served on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. She attended Wisconsin State University - Oshkosh and Prospect Hall in Milwaukee.
Charlotte B. Kahn
Senior Director, The Boston Indicators Project, The Boston Foundation
Kahn co-founded and directs the Boston Indicators Project, which aims to democratize access to data and information, foster informed public discourse, and track progress on shared civic goals. She also serves as president of the Community Indicators Consortium, a global network of practitioners and experts who seek to advance the art and science of indicators to drive and track productive change. She is a co-founder of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership at the Urban Institute, which counts 34 U.S. cities as members. Kahn attended Cornell University and holds a master's degree from Antioch University.
President, Findlay Hancock County Community Foundation
Kreuchauf leads the foundation in attaining its mission, financial viability, and long-term growth and stability. She has more than 25 years of progressive experience in nonprofit management at three central Ohio agencies. She served as president of the United Way of Delaware County for 11 years and previously served as executive director of the Epilepsy Association of Central Ohio and development director for United Cerebral Palsy of Columbus and Franklin County. Kreuchauf received a master's degree in public administration from The Ohio State University.
Carol G. Kroch
Managing Director, Charitable Trusts, and Head of Wealth and Financial Planning, Wilmington Trust Corp.
Kroch is responsible for oversight of charitable trusts and for leading a team of attorneys and financial planners who focus on trust and estate planning, income tax and financial planning, and philanthropic planning. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2005, she was senior counsel at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States devoted to health and health care. From 1978 to 1999, she was in private practice in Philadelphia and New York. Kroch holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and a bachelor's from Wellesley College.
Partner, Barrington Partners
Krumroy has more than 20 years of experience within the financial services industry, focusing on development and implementation of technology solutions for large banks, thrifts, mortgage companies, and software vendors. Since joining Barrington Partners in 2006, he has focused on developing a variety of services and products, and conducting comparative systems reviews. Previously, he spearheaded the development and rollout of distributed processing applications for First Nationwide Bank (now Citibank California). As a consultant, he worked with several vendors developing Next Gen mortgage origination and secondary marketing systems for large lenders.
Former Deputy Director, Monroe County Department of Social Services
Larter is an independent consultant providing analytical, planning, management, and staffing services for public and nonprofit organizations in the health, behavioral health, and education sectors. She worked as deputy director of the Monroe County Department of Social Services in Rochester, N.Y., with responsibility for planning and delivery of protective and preventive services for high-risk children and families. She has served on the Rochester Area Community Foundation board and chaired its Distribution Committee, and also helped develop and sustain foundation initiatives to improve early childhood and after-school services and systems.
President, Rochester Area Community Foundation
In addition to her work with the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Leonard is an active member of the Council on Foundations. She chaired the Council's Community Foundations Leadership Team from 2004 to 2006 and has served on the faculty of the Center for Community Foundation Excellence since its inception. She helped develop the first national standards for community foundations and oversaw their implementation from 2001 to 2004. Leonard also has served as the California Community Foundation's grants vice president, the American Heart Association's affiliate legislative coordinator, and is a national writer, trainer, and consultant.
Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Leutz has 16 years of experience in financial services and nonprofit organizations. In her current position at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts she is part of a job-share team directing philanthropic gift planning, donor services, and communications. Before that, she was an organizational development consultant at MassMutual Financial Group. Leutz also directed alumni funds at Amherst College and Smith College, has a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Springfield College, and is an alumna of Colgate University.
Executive Director, Kosciusko County Community Foundation
During Light's 16-year tenure with the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, its assets grew from $400,000 to over $36 million. Light led the foundation in the development of a diverse board of directors, a strong donor base, and achieving compliance with national standards for U.S. community foundations. In addition to her foundation responsibilities, Light serves on many nonprofit boards, including Orthopedic Capital Foundation, OrthoWorx, and the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. She is proud to report that economic development in Kosciusko County received a boost from a $7 million Lilly Endowment grant from OrthoWorx.
Vice President and Senior Producer, Area/Code
At Area/Code, London designs and develops opportunities for interacting with others—whether it is for people and plants, or gamers playing tag with tiger sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. Her projects have been featured in the Museum of Science and Industry, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Design Museum of London. Her clients include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BBC, Disney Imagineering, Nike, Discovery Channel, CBS, MTV, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. She also teaches persuasive technology at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Senior Partner, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
In addition to his duties at Loring, Sternberg & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits, Loring is a senior governance associate for BoardSource in Washington, D.C., offering expertise in board development and other governance issues to nonprofit boards across the country. He is a past president of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's from the University of Southern California.
CEO, Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County
Lucas has served as president/CEO of Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County since 1996. During her tenure, the foundation has provided leadership in community development philanthropy that increases access and opportunity for all people. Focus areas include working together to increase social capital, learning together to add quality knowledge and skills, and creating new solutions to benefit the community. The foundation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, earned a 2008 Critical Impact Award from the Council on Foundations for an integrated, grassroots approach to community economic development with an emphasis on adaptive skill development for residents.
Stephanie S. Lynch
Managing Director, Global Endowment Management
Before joining Global Endowment Management, Lynch managed $3 billion in financial assets as chief investment officer and director of the Investments Division of The Duke Endowment (TDE) from 2000 to 2007. She also served as TDE’s investment director from 1999 to 2000. Prior to that, she held positions in portfolio management, trading, and research for Trade Street Investment Associates and Invesco Capital Management. She was twice nominated for foundation CIO of the year by Institutional Investor magazine. Lynch has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University and is a chartered financial analyst.
President and CEO, Telluride Foundation
Major has served as the president and CEO of the Telluride Foundation since its inception in June 2000. In that capacity he leads the foundation’s multi-million-dollar development, grantmaking, capacity building, and initiative efforts. Prior to that, he worked as director of business development for Booth Creek Ski Holdings. Major is a board member of several organizations. He also serves on the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Leadership Team and chairs the Technology Task Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is working toward a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Principal, John Edwards High School/Middle School
Mancuso has 40 years’ experience in secondary education, and currently serves as principal of John Edwards High School/Middle School in Port Edwards, Wisc. He was named Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year in 1999. As an Advanced Leadership Institute graduate, his adaptive skills in leadership development, conflict management, and negotiation skills have helped him lead positive community change. Mancuso is also one of six community facilitators who has been trained by Ki ThoughtBridge to use adaptive leadership skills to help community groups with local issues such as information needs and homelessness.
Executive Director, NPower Charlotte Region
Meade helped found NPower Charlotte Region in 2005 and took the helm as its executive director in 2008. Prior to his work with NPower Charlotte Region, he founded Catapult InfoSolutions, a regional business planning and technology consulting firm. He also served as manager of the Space Solutions Practice at Oracle Corp., as a project manager for American Management Systems, and a senior systems engineer with Lockheed Martin. Meade has a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's from George Washington University.
Director, New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative
Meinrath has been described as a “community Internet pioneer” and an “entrepreneurial visionary.” He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy. Meinrath is a co-founder of Measurement Lab, a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research, and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections.
Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network
Meyer leads the Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network—a regional public-private partnership led by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation that is working to grow the skills of the region’s workforce. Prior to his current position, he served as a consultant with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. With 14 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his master of public administration from New York University.
Program Manager, National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, Council on Foundations
Miller serves as the lead staff to the Community Foundations National Standards Board, which includes oversight and administration of the National Standards accreditation program. Her work includes developing and maintaining relationships with Regional Associations of Grantmakers, funders, affinity groups, and affiliate organizations. Prior to joining the Council in January 2008, she served in a variety of leadership, fundraising, and general support roles in nonprofit community organizations. She serves as vice president of the board for the John Duda Foundation in Florida. Miller has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and an MBA from Washington University.
Michael A. Miller
Managing Director, Colonial Consulting LLC
Miller has 24 years of consulting experience, all with Colonial Consulting—a New York-based firm that provides service to not-for-profit institutions. The firm was founded in 1980 and is owned by its employees. As managing director, he provides clients with advice on asset allocation, manager selection, and performance evaluation/attribution. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in statistics from Columbia University. He also is a chartered financial analyst.
Richard H. Myers II
President, Foundation Information Systems Inc.
Since 1985, Myers has consulted with private and community foundations as well as nonprofit vendors on foundation software products. His company, Foundation Information Systems (FIS), has served in a technology outsourcing capacity to Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) and other foundations since 1987. At FFTC, FIS has been engaged in wide-ranging capacities including software vendor, short- and long-term technology planning, technology budget development and alternatives, software evaluation and deployment, network and desktop support, vendor interviewing and contract negotiations, and technology project manager.
President, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Ober brings 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, public policy, and communications to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. He previously served as executive director of the Monadnock Conservancy. Before that, he worked in several senior staff positions with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Ober has been a member and chair of numerous public and private boards. He is an active lecturer and writer; his published works include books, magazine articles, and essays on a wide range of topics. He received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University.
Robert J. "Bob" O'Neill, Jr.
Executive Director, The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
O'Neill has been ICMA's executive director since December 2002. He is responsible for a budget of $43 million and a staff of 150 employees in the United States and abroad. Before that, he served as president of the National Academy of Public Administration. He also served as Fairfax County executive from 1997 to 2000 and oversaw Virginia's largest general-purpose local government, with an annual operating budget of $2 billion and about 11,000 employees. O'Neill received The Spirit of Public Service award, the highest award presented by the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, in 2001.
Marcus (Marc) S. Owens
Partner, Caplin & Drysdale
Owens specializes in federal tax issues related to tax-exempt organizations, including charities and issue advocacy groups, at Caplin & Drysdale. Before that, he spent 25 years with the IRS, including serving as director of the Exempt Organizations Division for 10 years. In that role he was responsible for the design and implementation of federal tax rulings and enforcement programs for charities and other tax-exempt organizations, and he also served as the agency’s primary liaison with other federal agencies, Congress, and state regulators on exempt organizations issues. Owens is a member of the D.C. and Florida bars.
Lee Christian Parker
Director, Education Initiatives, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
During her 10-year tenure, Parker has led the development of the education arm of the foundation’s long-term plan to increase economic opportunities for youth and low-income families through education and career development opportunities. Prior to joining the foundation, Parker managed the grants and special programs for the Community Foundation for Prince George’s County for three years. She serves in numerous leadership capacities supporting her commitment to community-driven social change, including her role as co-chair of Grantmakers for Education’s Working Group on Education Organizing. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland.
President and CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
Under Patten's leadership, Community Foundations of Canada has earned a national and international reputation for innovation and generosity. In 2008, Canada's community foundations held $2.55 billion in combined assets and contributed $161 million to a vast array of charities—making the network one of the country's largest grantmakers. In May 2005, Patten received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lawson Foundation in recognition of her "extraordinary accomplishments and leadership." In 2007, she was appointed a mentor with the Trudeau Foundation. She also serves as a director of the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund.
Director of the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence, The Rhode Island Foundation
Before joining The Rhode Island Foundation as director of the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence, Pfitzenmayer served as vice president for organizational quality and training at Child & Family Services in Newport, R.I., where she coordinated the establishment of the Newport Initiative for Nonprofit Leadership. Pfitzenmayer has been an adjunct faculty member at Johnson & Wales University and has a private practice in psychology. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and has three advanced degrees from New York University.
Vincent J. Quatrini Jr.
Founding Partner, Quatrini Rafferty
Quatrini has more than 30 years of experience in state and federal courts and has served as counsel in many prominent local cases. He served as Westmoreland County assistant district attorney from 1974 to 1980 and as solicitor for the Westmoreland County Controller. Quatrini recently was awarded the Professionalism Award by the Westmoreland County Bar Association, an honor that has been granted to only five other members of the association. He also was recognized by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County as its Person of the Year in 2006.
President and CEO, The Philanthropic Initiative
As president and CEO of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), Remmer guides its strategic direction and champions the promotion of more effective philanthropy in the United States and abroad. She has been with TPI since 1993 and has developed many of its signature donor learning programs. She currently serves as a board member of her family's foundation, which supports programs that help disadvantaged girls take charge of their lives. She also serves on the board of Associated Grantmakers. Remmer has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.
Norman B. Rice
President and CEO, The Seattle Foundation
Under Rice’s leadership, The Seattle Foundation is creating a healthy community through engaged philanthropy and community knowledge. He is the former president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and served as mayor of Seattle from 1990 to 1997, earning national acclaim for revitalizing the city’s downtown area and strengthening neighborhoods through public-private partnerships. He has received numerous awards, including the American Jewish Federation’s Human Relations Award. Rice has bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and holds honorary doctorates from Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman College.
H. Walker Sanders
President, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Sanders has been president of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) since 1999. Since then, CFGG has established a local education foundation, created a new real estate venture capital entity focused on housing and community development, launched high-impact endowments focused on women’s issues and public art, and convened a group of foundations to establish a Building Stronger Neighborhoods Coalition. Previously, he served as founding president of the J. Marion Sims Foundation in Lancaster, S.C., and was director of development and regional services for the Foundations Of The Carolinas. Sanders is a graduate of the University of the South.
Vice President for Communities Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Shorters joined the Knight Foundation in December 2007. He and his team are responsible for the foundation's work in 26 communities across the United States, as well as the Knight Community Information Challenge, Libraries Initiative, and media learning seminars. He came to the Knight Foundation from Ashoka, a leading investor in social entrepreneurs. Before that he was a social entrepreneur and the founder of Technology Works for Good (now NPower Greater D.C. Region). Shorters also serves on the board of DonorsChoose.org. He has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
Diana R. Sieger
President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Sieger has been president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation for the past 23 years. In this position, she is responsible for the leadership, management, strategic planning, and development of the foundation. She also is the immediate past board chair of the Council of Michigan Foundations. Sieger has received honorary degrees from Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University and holds a master's degree in social work from Western Michigan University. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan four times in the past 10 years.
Kelly Shipp Simone
Deputy General Counsel, Council on Foundations
In addition to providing legal information to private foundations and public charities on a broad cross section of issues, Simone works closely with the Community Foundations National Standards Board. Prior to joining the Council in 2003, she served as a law fellow with the Alliance for Justice. Simone is the author of two Council publications: "How to Calculate the Public Support Test" and "Top 10 Ways Private Foundations Can Influence Public Policy." She has a law degree and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina.
Javier Alberto Soto
President, Dade Community Foundation
Soto has extensive knowledge and relationships in federal, state, and local government and has worked on a wide range of public policy issues. Before joining the Dade Community Foundation as its president, he was senior vice president and general counsel at Dutko Worldwide, a multidisciplinary public affairs firm. began his career in the public sector as a litigator in the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office. Soto has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Sherry Risk Stark
President and CEO, Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Stark has been president and CEO of Heritage Fund since 1999. She serves on the Council on Foundation's Community Foundation Leadership Team and is board chair of the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. A graduate of Northwestern University, Stark served for 10 years as senior deputy mayor of Columbus, Ind., heading the Department of Community Development. Recent awards include the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 2008 Community Initiative of the Year and the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 2009 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.
Senior Vice President, The Seattle Foundation
Prior to joining The Seattle Foundation in 1990—where she oversees philanthropic services, grantmaking and community knowledge, community leadership, and communications—Stearns worked in the fields of corporate public affairs and nonprofit consulting. She serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association and is a member of the Urban Enterprise Center Advisory Committee. She also sits on the Council on Foundations' Membership Committee. She has a bachelor's degree from Tufts University and master's degree from the University of Chicago's School of Social Science Administration.
President, West Central Initiative
Straw joined the West Central Initiative in 1996 as its business and economic development program chief and was promoted to president/CEO in 1999. She previously worked as a business consultant, small business owner, and in a variety of management positions in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She holds certifications as an economic development finance professional and a housing development finance professional, and recently completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders.
Holly Welch Stubbing
Senior Vice President, Client Services and Legislative Affairs, Foundation For The Carolinas
Stubbing’s responsibilities at Foundation For The Carolinas include managing all client servicing and competitive grantmaking activities and supervising public policy, compliance, and advocacy efforts. She currently serves on the Council on Foundations’ Legal and Regulatory Action Committee and on the Legislative Committee for the Southeastern Council on Foundations. Stubbing is a former Marshall Memorial Fellow and in 2005 was recognized by the Charlotte Jaycees as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young Charlotteans. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.
President and CEO, East Bay Community Foundation
Taylor is the first African-American to lead the foundation since it was established in 1928. Before taking that position in September 2007, she was managing director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, one of the nation’s premier institutions developing leaders capable of making social change. In 2009, she was named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area.” Taylor serves as vice chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s board. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from Stanford University.
Executive Director, Teichert Inc./Executive Director, Teichert Foundation
Teichert worked as a high school teacher in Monterey, Calif., before coming back to Sacramento in 1977 to join A. Teichert and Son, a firm started by his great-great grandfather in 1887. He has worked in various capacities in the organization through the years, including his current job as director. And when the company established a foundation, Teichert was asked to manage its assets and oversee its charitable activities. Among other honors, he was named Sacramentan of the Year in 2003 by the city's Chamber of Commerce.
Public Relations Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
Tennant oversees The Cleveland Foundation's media relations, advertising, and donor communications efforts. Previously, he was as a vice president with Dix & Eaton, where he helped lead the public and investor relations firm's media relations group and provided counsel to clients on branding and marketing communications. Before that, he worked as a news and information representative for the Cleveland Clinic. He began his career in sports journalism with The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Lake County News-Herald and later served as a managing editor with Advanstar Communications.
Public Relations Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
Tennant oversees The Cleveland Foundation's media relations, advertising, and donor communications efforts. Previously, he was as a vice president with Dix & Eaton, where he helped lead the public and investor relations firm's media relations group and provided counsel to clients on branding and marketing communications. Before that, he worked as a news and information representative for the Cleveland Clinic. He began his career in sports journalism with The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Lake County News-Herald and later served as a managing editor with Advanstar Communications.
Civil Engineer/Administrator, Village of Port Edwards
Terry has served as civil engineer/administrator for the Village of Port Edwards, Wisc., since 1997. During his tenure he has helped lead the Village through several significant events, including a paper mill closure that resulted in the loss of 500 jobs and the collaboration of 11 area municipalities to apply for a federal transportation grant. Terry is a 2007 graduate of the inaugural class of the Advanced Leadership Institute. He is also a member of several national and state associations, including the American Public Works Association and the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.
Mary L. Thomas
Executive Vice President, The Spartanburg County Foundation
Thomas is responsible for the day-to-day management of the foundation and assists the president in translating the foundation’s goals into the overall program of work. From 1987 to 1998 she was the executive director of the Bethlehem Community Center. During this time she spent three months in Eastern Africa leading a mission team to develop a village for refugee children. Thomas is a graduate of Winthrop University and holds a bachelor’s degree in French and communications from Winthrop University. She is the 2006 winner of the Robert W. Scrivner Award.
National Program Director, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Thorman joined the Knight Foundation in 2007. He helps develop new grant opportunities at a national level that target systemic change within the framework of informed, engaged communities. Before that, he served as assistant prosecuting attorney of the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office in Kansas City, Mo. He was a director at the Ewing Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City from 1994 to 2002. Thorman also served as assistant director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the professional staff for the House Education and Labor Committee, and as a senior policy and political adviser to then-U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson.
Director, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
Topolsky leads the Community Strategies Group's (CSG) Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network, which engages community foundations in peer-learning activities. Prior to joining CSG, she worked as an independent policy analyst, as communications director for the Corporation for Enterprise Development, as special assistant to the director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, and as a political organizer. She also helped manage the Social Capital Community Benchmark Initiative, a 40-foundation collaboration that measured social capital in their respective communities.
Carole L. Touchinski
Executive Director, Marquette County Community Foundation
Touchinski specializes in developing the collaborative continuum and helping to create new and innovative change in communities through strategic and intentional collaborative relationships. Prior to working for the Marquette County Community Foundation, she served as a consultant for nonprofit organizations in the areas of fund development, strategic planning, and program implementation. She also has served as a board member for several local and state nonprofit organizations. She holds a doctorate in education, a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in health and fitness management.
Vice President of Programs, The Erie Community Foundation
Turner joined The Erie Community Foundation’s (ECF) senior staff in 2008. She is responsible for developing policies and programs that effectively evaluate and address community needs, promote responsible philanthropy, and facilitate positive community change. Prior to joining ECF, she spent 10 years as director of health data improvement at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Throughout her career, Turner has been honored with numerous awards, including the Wilmer Shields Rich Award from the Council on Foundations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Interim CEO and Vice President of Programs, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
After Cedar Rapids suffered a catastrophic flood in June 2008 that covered most of downtown and destroyed more than 5,000 homes belonging to low- and middle-income households, Twedt-Ball was responsible for designing and managing the grantmaking response that awarded more than $14 million in grants to assist disaster recovery. An Iowa native, she has a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's in geography from the University of Iowa.
Founding Member/Partner, Ki ThoughtBridge
Tyler-Wood consults nationally and internationally with corporate, government, and other public sector clients in resolving complex, high-stakes disputes. She has advised and trained clients to enable them to implement major change initiatives; resolve complex multiparty disputes; and create, enhance, and/or repair strategic business relationships. Previously, she practiced corporate law in Washington, D.C., and had careers in education and government. She is also co-author of the book "Expand the Pie: How to Create More Value in Any Negotiation." Tyler-Wood has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
President and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
Van Milligen joined the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque as its first president and CEO on February 1, 2003. Prior to that, she was vice president of institutional advancement at Clarke College. She serves on the board of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and is chair of the TFN River Partnership of Community Foundations. She is also on the Council on Foundation’s Public Policy Committee. Van Milligan has a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. In 2006, she received the SIU Distinguished Alumni Award.
Nancy Van Milligen
President, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Utzinger has more than 15 years of philanthropic experience leading both national and regional organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona-International Residential Program, the Christmas Idea House, and the Mesa Symphony Orchestra. He also worked in the for-profit arena with Pillsbury and Merrill Lynch. Utzinger received undergraduate degrees from Montana State University and Arizona State University. He also earned two advanced degrees from Arizona State.
Senior Program Officer, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and
As senior program officer, Vukusich oversees the foundation's grants management department, including implementation of leadership initiatives. She also sits on the Children's Services Council of Martin County's Technical Advisory Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Homeless Advisory Board of Palm Beach County. In addition, she is a member of the Council on Foundation's Next Generation Task Force and an alumnus of the Hull Fellows Program through the Southeastern Council of Foundations. Vukusich holds a master's degree from American University and a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida.
Senior Fellow, The Rensselaerville Institute
Williams is an outcome guide to foundations, nonprofit organizations, and corporations. In this capacity, he provides tools and examples for all steps of the journey to track, achieve, verify, and report results. He was president of The Rensselaerville Institute until 2008. He built the Institute into a leading consultant for outcome systems for foundations, government, and nonprofits in the United States and the United Kingdom. He also served as lead consultant to a U.S. Presidential Commission and consults directly with governors, corporate CEOs, foundation directors, and other leaders.
Jane L. Wilton
General Counsel, The New York Community Trust
Wilton is responsible for a broad range of legal issues, including charitable contributions, donor advised funds, board governance, unrelated business income tax, foreign grantmaking, commercial co-ventures, and lobbying. In addition, she works with prospective donors and their professional advisers in connection with gifts and bequests. Prior to joining the trust in 1992, she was in private tax practice at a New York City law firm. She received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan School of Law, and an LL.M in taxation from New York University Law School.
Robert F. Wooler
Director, The Nonprofit Partnership
As director of The Nonprofit Partnership, an affiliate of the Erie Community Foundation with 200 members in northwest Pennsylvania, Wooler offers education, training, and consulting services to members to strengthen management, governance, communications, marketing, and fund development. Prior to joining The Nonprofit Partnership in 2006, he spent more than 30 years as executive director in a variety of community-based organizations, all of which partnered with public schools to offer enrichment services, treatment, and family support that supported the educational mission.
Senior Manager, La Piana Consulting
Yoshida brings extensive experience in the nonprofit sector to his role as a senior manager at La Piana. Before that, he was the director of external relations and development at the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, where he developed and implemented strategies for fundraising, development, communications, marketing, and outreach. Previously, he served as director of operations for the Tides Center in San Francisco. Yoshida currently serves on the boards of Asian Health Services and the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development. He has an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.
President and CEO, Nebraska Community Foundation
Yost joined the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF) in 1998 and became president and CEO in 2003. NCF is heralded as a national model for its innovative work and has tripled in size over the past five years. Last year, Yost provided testimony to the House Agriculture Committee on innovative approaches to rural development. Prior to joining NCF, he spent five years as a policy adviser to Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson. Yost received bachelor's degrees in economics and agricultural business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Katie Allan Zobel and Kristin B. Leutz
Vice Presidents of Philanthropic Service, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Zobel and Leutz have shared a position for five years at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, where they are known as “Team K.” They are responsible for asset development and gift planning, donor services, marketing, and communications, raising about $7 million each year. Zobel and Leutz have worked separately for Smith College and MassMutual Financial Group and also have spent time at nonprofits as independent consultants. They first worked together at Amherst College. Zobel has a bachelor's degree from Boston College. Leutz has a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a master's from Springfield College.