Ganga Dharmappa is the community outreach manager, providing outreach and training throughout the Bay Area and Western United States. For more than a decade, Ganga has led training, capacity-building, and development efforts within the nonprofit sector, and she has focused on increasing access and safety for marginalized and underserved communities. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Ganga worked at the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco and Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts. Ganga holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a short fiction writer and occasional poet. In her spare time, she also serves as a postpartum doula for newly expanded families.
Tyeast Fullerton is a program associate for Social Sector Outreach at Foundation Center’s New York office. She provides critical support for in-person and online training program functions related to data and evaluation, sales, customer service and training program administration. She manages, and regularly teaches the introductory level webinars program and assists with special events and outreach.
Before joining the Foundation Center in 2008, she owned and operated her own childcare business and managed the Sunday preschool at Metro International Ministries. Tyeast holds a B.A. in Special Education & Early Childhood Education with a concentration in English from Medgar Evers College (CUNY). She is also a birthing doula & certified lactation consultant.
Lori is a librarian at Foundation Center West in San Francisco. She has worked in information services for more than 15 years, specializing in business and marketing topics, including corporate social responsibility. She is an active member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA.) A native of Chicago, she earned her Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. Married with two grown daughters, Lori is loving the Bay Area’s weather, vistas and cultural scene.
As Atlanta Lead, Asia Hadley manages daily operations focusing on community engagement, strategic alignment, training, and programming.
Asia's background includes almost seven years at Foundation Center as a training coordinator and then as virtual services assistant. She graduated from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis with a dual master’s degree in philanthropic studies and nonprofit affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management. She held positions as program coordinator, volunteer recruitment specialist, and assistant director of development prior to joining Foundation Center. Asia has also served as vice president of the Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals and volunteered as a grant funding peer reviewer for the Commission for Service and Volunteering.
The author of 7 Secrets Every Woman Should Know: How to Create a Joy-Filled Life, Asia lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.
Richard spent most of his career working for Atlanta’s daily paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He helped reporters, editors, and other newsroomers with research for their stories and projects. He’s been helping nonprofiteers in Atlanta in person and elsewhere via Foundation Center’s Ask Us service since 2014. When he’s not working, he’s mostly about the three Bs: bikes, boats, and being in the woods; but he also enjoys eating and sleeping.
Dave Holmes is Cleveland lead at Foundation Center Midwest. He recently returned to the Foundation Center from a position as senior consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for a variety of large and small nonprofit clients. In his initial nine-year tenure with Foundation Center, Dave served in various roles including regional training specialist, interim director of Foundation Center’s Cleveland office, and director of capacity and leadership development. Earlier in his career, Dave served as a program officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and as the director of grants and prospect research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Northeast Ohio Chapter and of Joyful Noise Music School. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from Villanova University, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.
Tracy Kaufman is the community outreach manager at Foundation Center, where she plans public workshops related to nonprofit management, fundraising, and other issues relevant to philanthropy and the social sector, tailored towards the needs of growing nonprofits. Tracy also works as a reference librarian in Foundation Center’s library, offering personalized guidance for grantseekers looking to build capacity and expand their funding options. She has a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Previously, Tracy held positions with the Association of American Publishers and the New York Public Library. She earned her degree in writing seminars from Johns Hopkins University.
Kim Buckner Patton oversees Foundation Center’s Northeast region including our New York and Washington, DC, regional centers. Prior to her current position, she designed and delivered training programs and curriculum for Foundation Center geared toward developing and expanding the leadership and capacity of nonprofit organizations both domestically and abroad.
Prior to joining Foundation Center in 2007, Kim worked as a nonprofit director, fundraiser, and grantmaker for more than 20 years with organizations such as Hawaii Public Television, the Council on Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She received her J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Cincinnati.
Janice Rosenberg has been a librarian/information specialist with Foundation Center in Washington, DC, since December 1996. In 2000, she was promoted to the position of senior librarian. Janice participates in Foundation Center's online librarian initiative and is responsible for DC's e-newsletter. She also handles collection development for the library and provides reference services to library patrons. Janice is currently city lead in the DC office.
As a professional graphic artist for more than 10 years, Janice designed successful fundraising publications for many nationally known nonprofit organizations. She has a B.S. in graphic design and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland.
Serving as a bridge between the nonprofit and philanthropic community, Brian conducts trainings and special programming to connect people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Brian developed and manages the popular series, Rising Tide, which highlights critical social issues and opportunities for philanthropy to accelerate social change. Brian serves as an Ohio LGBTQ Funding Ambassador on behalf of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and on the United Way of Greater Cleveland funding committee for Basic Needs.
Brian is a Cleveland native with a strong love of the city and commitment to its social sector. Prior to joining Foundation Center he spent a year in direct service as a City Year Cleveland Corps member. Brian holds a B.A. from Xavier University in international studies and has studied in Austria and France.
Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector professionals in the NY metro area. Susan's achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center's proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center's historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker.
Previously, Susan was an associate curator at New York University and adjunct professor of library sciences at St. John's University and Long Island University. She is former Chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, an affinity group of Council on Foundations. Susan is currently on the Board of Directors of King Manor Museum in Jamaica, NY and has contributed over a decade of public service and advocacy work on behalf of New York City's community education councils. She has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
Utoia Wooten joined Foundation Center in 2015 as the community outreach manager. She is responsible for community outreach in the Southern region including program development and training on prospect research, grantseeking, fundraising planning, proposal writing, and proposal budgeting. Utoia also serves as project manager for special programs designed to advance philanthropy in the social sector, and is responsible for maintaining relationships with regional Funding Information Network partners. Prior to joining Foundation Center, she served as a part-time program coordinator at the InwardBound Center for Nonprofit leadership and also worked as a freelance communications consultant. Utoia graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a bachelor’s of science degree in public management and has completed graduate-level coursework in information design and communications at Kennesaw State University and web design and development at Emory University.