Leading Locally 2023 - Speakers


Karam H. Ahmad


Colorado Health Institute

Tonya Allen


McKnight Foundation

Lindsay Aroesty

Vice President of Development and Donor Services

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Melanie Audette

Senior Vice President, Member and Partner Engagement

Mission Investors Exchange

Elizabeth Barajas-Román

President and CEO

Women's Funding Network

Remy Barnwell

Staff Counsel

Council on Foundations

Len Bartel

Vice President of Learning and Impact (Capacity Building)


Michael Batchelor


Pennsylvania Association of Community Foundations

Susan Taylor Batten

CEO and President

ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Lynette Bell


Truist Foundation

Debby Bielak


The Bridgespan Group

Heidi Binko

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Just Transition Fund

Kate Blackman

Vice President, Policy and Research

National Conference of State Legislatures

Alexis Bonogofsky

Program Manager - Sustainable Ranching Initiative

World Wildlife Fund

Kari McCann Boutell


Iowa Council of Foundations

Jonathan Brack

Program Manager

Fund for Shared Insight

Melanie Bridgeforth

President & CEO

Women’s Foundation of Alabama

Jack Briggs

President & CEO

Springs Rescue Mission

Nicole Bronzan

Vice President, Communications and Content

Council on Foundations

Alexis Brown

Vice President of Development

Park City Community Foundation

Sonia Brubaker

Chief Resilience Officer

City of Miami

Karli Butler

Director of Community Leadership

Evanston Community Foundation

Ben L. Bynum

Senior Director, Impact Investing

Colorado Health Foundation

Caitlin Cain

LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director

Rural LISC | Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Leon D. Caldwell

Founder and CEO

Ujima Developers, LLC

Megan Campbell

Senior Director of Programs & Strategy

Feedback Labs

Davin Cardenas

Director of Organizing

North Bay Jobs with Justice

Omar Carrera


Canal Alliance

Joe Carter

VP of Development

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Lauren Y. Casteel

President and CEO

The Women's Foundation of Colorado

Cole Chandler

Director of Homelessness Initiatives

Colorado Department of Human Services

Sofia Maria Chavez

Community Liaison/Navigator

Denver Health Southwest Pena Clinic

Senator James R. Coleman

Executive Director


Stuart Comstock-Gay

President and CEO

Delaware Community Foundation

Betsy Constantine


Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Brian Corrigan



Kelly Costello

Director of Grants Management

Rose Community Foundation

Mark Crosswell

Managing Director

Community Foundation for Gtr Atlanta / GoATL Evolution Funds

Tracy Cutler

Executive Vice President

Lancaster County Community Foundation

Michael Dabbs

Director of Strategy

Gill Foundation

Gina Dalma

Executive Vice President, Community Action, Policy and Strategy

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Flozell Daniels, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Alexandria Dawson

Director of Communications

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Elizabeth Y. "Betsy" Day

President and CEO

The Community Foundation of Frederick County

Susan W. DeVenny

President & CEO

Arras Foundation

Erik A. Devereux

Strategic Consultant and Policy Analyst

Devereux Consulting, Inc.

Papa M. Dia

Founder and Executive Director

African Leadership Group

Bridget Dierks

Vice President of Programs

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Mike DiPaolo

Vice President for Southern Delaware

Delaware Community Foundation

Margaret O. Dolan

Chief Executive Officer

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Jennifer Duran-Sallee

Senior Program Officer

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Eileen Ellsworth

President and CEO

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

Kathleen Enright

President and CEO

Council on Foundations

Taryn Fort

Senior Director of Communications and Influence

The Colorado Health Foundation

Tim Fox

Vice President, Indigenous Relations and Equity Strategy

Calgary Foundation

Ryan Fukumori

Senior Associate


James Gaskin


United Way of Genesee County

Chris Gates


Philanthropy Bridging Divides

Jason Gaulden

Education Fellow

Common Sense Institute

Julie Gehrki

Vice President, Philanthropy


Mark Gerzon

President of Mediators Foundation

Philanthropy Bridging Divides

Jane Gilbert

Chief Heat Officer

Miami-Dade County

Jill Gordon

Senior Manager, Training

Council on Foundations

Brennan Gould

President & Chief Executive Officer

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Nakia J. Green

Sr. Partner

inQuest Consulting

Tina Griego

Journalist & Coach

Colorado News Collaborative (COLab)

Emily Harris

Executive Director

Disability Philanthropy Forum

Sarah Hench

Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement

Delaware Community Foundation

Kris Hermanns

Chief Impact Officer

Seattle Foundation

Tatiana Hernandez


Community Foundation Boulder County

Jenn Holcomb

Vice President, Government Affairs and Legal Resources

Council on Foundations

Fay Horwitt

President & CEO

Forward Cities

Brandi Howard

President & CEO

East Bay Community Foundation

Abe Hudson

Program Officer

Walton Family Foundation

Kyle H. Hybl

President and Chief Executive Officer

El Pomar Foundation

Gina Jackson

Co-CEO and Co-Founder

Return to the Heart Foundation

Wendy Lewis Jackson

Managing Director, Detroit Program

The Kresge Foundation

A. Robert Jaeger


Partners for Sacred Places

Ginger Jefferson

Director of Marketing and Communications

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Joanne Kelley


Philanthropy Colorado

Monique N. Johnson

Program Officer

Colorado Health Foundation

Charlene Johnson

Executive Director

Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation

Ellen M Katz

Former President & CEO and Executive Coach

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Sandy Keith

Chief Business Development Officer

Service Year Alliance

Kristi Knous


Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Mike Kondrath

Senior Sustainability Manager


Molly Kunkel


Centre Foundation

Sarah Kurz

Vice President of Public Affairs

Rose Community Foundation

Tim Lampkin

Founder and CEO

Higher Purpose Co

Phil Lane


The Lane Foundation

Lauress Wilkins Lawrence

Community and Equity Learning Partner

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Johanna Lawton

Project Manager

Rebuild by Design

Daniel Lee

Executive in Residence

Council on Foundations

Anna Lee

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Public Programming

United Way of Metro Chicago

Laurel Lee-Alexander

Vice President of Community Impact

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Bobby LeFebre

Colorado Poet Laureate

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent

President & CEO

Rose Community Foundation

Tessa LeSage

FutureMakers Coalition Director


Sengsouvanh (Sukey) Leshnick

Director, Strategic Learning and Evaluation

The San Francisco Foundation

Allison Taylor Levine

Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Delaware Community Foundation

Tony Lewis

Executive Director

Donnell-Kay Foundation

Janet Lopez

Senior Director of Policy, Partnerships and Learning

The Denver Foundation

Indira Lopez-Jones

Program Director

UpValley Family Centers of Napa County

Marisa Magallanez

Chief Operating Officer

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Tara Magner

Director, Chicago Commitment

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Deb Mahan

Executive Director

Gazette Charities Foundation

Shelly Maharry

President and CEO

Community Foundation of Johnson County, Iowa

Laura Maher

Head of External Engagement

Siegel Family Endowment

Alana Tomasita Martinez

Communications Officer & Policy Chapter Member

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Louise Martorano

Executive Director

RedLine Contemporary Art Center

Owen McAleer

Senior Grants Program Officer

Daniels Fund

Kerry McCarthy

Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives

New York Community Trust

Ben McDearmon

Director, Legal Resources

Council on Foundations

Julia McDonald

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Holly McFarlin

Communications Director

East Texas Communities Foundation

Lawrence McGill


Ambit 360 Consulting

Channing McKay

Associate Program Officer

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Meghan McNamara

Executive Director

Levitt Pavilion Denver

Jason Medina

Executive Director

Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley

JoAnn Melchor

President and CEO

New Mexico Foundation

Marion Michieka


The Bridgespan Group

April Montgomery

VP Programs

Telluride Foundation

Sam Moody

Learning and Grants Manager

Colorado Media Project

Kelsey Nolan

President & CEO

The Dakota Foundation

Laura Nowlin

Operations Coordinator

Winnett ACES

Shelly O’Quinn

Chief Executive Officer

Innovia Foundation

Isaiah Oliver


The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

Jennifer Owens

President & CEO

Arlington Community Foundation

Chamiza Pacheco de Alas

Director, New Mexico Programs

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Ryan Palmer

Executive Director

Horning Family Foundation

Peter Panepento

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Turn Two

Nicole Paquette

Director of Marketing and Communications

Communities Foundation of Texas, CommA

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

Retired, Former President/CEO

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Shelly Prichard

President & CEO

Wichita Foundation

Jon Quinn

Deputy Director

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Santhosh Ramdoss

President & CEO

Gary Community Ventures

Nicole Reitzell

VP, Community Engagement and Social Impact

Erie Downtown Development Corporation

Jamie Rife

Executive Director

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

Daniela Rodriguez Ranf

Director, Leadership Development and Training

Council on Foundations

Natalie Ross

Vice President, Membership, Development and Finance

Council on Foundations

Ian Rowe

Senior Fellow

American Enterprise Institute

Walker Sanders


Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Samantha Sandoval

Grantmaking & Special Projects Director

Latino Community Foundation

Aaron Scott

Direction of Communications and Marketing

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Kristen Scott Kennedy

Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness and Chief of Staff

Council on Foundations

Paul L. Scudo

Executive Director

Step Denver Men's Residential Addiction Program

Laura Seaman


League of California Community Foundations

Kimball Sekaquaptewa

Chief Technology Director

Santa Fe Indian School

Michael D. Smith

Chief Executive Officer


Chanda Smith Baker

Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President; host of Conversations with Chanda

Minneapolis Foundation

Javier Alberto Soto

President & CEO

The Denver Foundation

Rochelle Stackhouse

Senior Director of Programs

Partners for Sacred Places

Gary Steuer

President & CEO

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Brittney Stroh

Executive Director

Atlas Preparatory School

Phoebe Suina

Project Manager

High Water Mark, LLC

Amy Swiatek

Senior Director, Rural and Statewide Networks

Philanthropy Colorado

Lea Thau


Story Central, Inc.

Susan Thomas


Melville Charitable Trust

Andrew Thomas

Deputy Director

Levitt Pavilion Denver

Maria Jose Torres

Community Impact Officer

Rose Community Foundation

Jonathan Tower

Managing Director

Arctaris Impact Investors

Timothy L. Tramble, Sr.

President & CEO

Saint Luke's Foundation

Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

West Virginia Community Development Hub

Johanna Ulloa

Advocacy Manager

Colorado Trust

Deepa Vedavyas

Program Manager for Neighborhoods and Environment

Cleveland Foundation

Sandi Vidal

Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives

Central Florida Foundation

Uma Viswanathan

Executive Director

New Pluralists

Kristina L. Wahl


The Barra Foundation

Carrie Walker

Director of Learning

Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

Carolyn Wang Kong

President & Executive Director

Asian Pacific Fund

Regine A. Webster

Vice President

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Mark Weller

State Lead for Talent Acquisition

South Carolina Service Commission / United Way Association of South Carolina

Dace West

Chief Impact Officer

The Denver Foundation

Jay Williams


Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Sidney S Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Crossing Capital Group

Nikisha Williams

Managing Director, Collective Impact

The Miami Foundation

Heidi Williamson

Chief Strategy Officer

Berks County Community Foundation

Magalie Yacinthe

Director of Ecosystem Engagement

Forward Cities

Sharon Yazowski

Executive Director

Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

Jeff Yost

President and CEO

Nebraska Community Foundation

Diego Zegarra

VP of Equity & Impact

Park City Community Foundation

Nidale Zouhir

Senior Manager, Government Affairs

Council on Foundations


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