As the Director of Foundation Center – South, Maria is responsible for providing and connecting the South’s diverse social sector with the tools, resources and knowledge it needs to strengthen impact and elevate the reach of philanthropy through strong capacity building within the wide social sector landscape.
Maria brings 20 years of recognized leadership, management and program development, and has worked at every level within diverse social work fields ranging from mental and public health, criminal justice, immigration, entrepreneurship, and school- and community-based work. She brings a deep passion and strong commitment to communities through emphasizing strong and sustainable programming, innovative partnerships and strategic multi-sector collaborations.
Prior to this role, Maria worked at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as the inaugural Director of Programming and has taught at GSU’s School of Social Work. Maria holds her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Georgia State University and her Masters of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is very involved in her community in the realms of social and civic engagement and her career-long commitment to inclusive access to knowledge, information and tools stems from her experiences as an immigrant.
Christine Bunting is an instructional designer by trade, and her career has encompassed guiding professors teaching online as well as helping recruiters leverage software to find great candidates. When looking for the next step in her career, she sought a position that would help her further good in the world and she feels she has found it on the Social Sector Outreach team. She very much looks forward to working to optimize and potentially grow the Foundation Center's training offerings. Christine has a B.A. in International Relations from Goucher College and an M.A. in Politics from University of California Santa Cruz. She moved to New York City this past September after spending nine years living in northern California and she is originally from Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys sketching, painting, and petting puppies.
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.
As the director of Foundation Center West, Michele Ragland Dilworth is responsible for elevating and expanding the reach of Foundation Center across the western region by building partnerships and strategies that help to strengthen services to the social sector.
Michele has 20+ years of experience raising brand profiles, building teams, and contributing to the success of both private and nonprofit organizations. She began her career in high tech product development and marketing before transitioning to the nonprofit sector where she has worked in the arts (Asian Art Museum), social services (Edgewood Center for Children and Families), and global affairs (World Affairs Council/Global Philanthropy Forum).
Among her many volunteer roles, Michele serves on the board of trustees for the San Francisco Friends School.
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.
Julieta’s experience in the social sector spans more than ten years, with roles in grantmaking, fundraising, training, communications, outcomes measurement, and international development. She has extensive experience working both in the US and around the world. As Director of Programs for the Foundation Center’s Social Sector Outreach Unit, she provides leadership for Custom/Contract Trainings and On-Demand Learning. Julieta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics and political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master's degree in international relations from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD. She holds certificates in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University School of Fundraising Management, in Impact Measurement from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York, and in Global Studies from the University of California Los Angeles.
Cynthia joined Foundation Center in 2015 as the Funding Information Network Specialist, providing support to the 450+ members of the Funding Information Network as well as the Network Engagement team. Previously, Cynthia was the director of administrative services at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala, 2007-2009). She has experience in the nonprofit sector as a manager, consultant, board member, and volunteer. Cynthia received a B.A. in history and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island and an M.P.A. from Binghamton University. She lives in Queens, NY, with her family.
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.
Sandy Pon is the lead editor for GrantSpace, where nonprofits worldwide can find easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to become better grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations. Since joining Foundation Center in 2003, Sandy has answered thousands of questions from satisfied visitors, online and in person, about nonprofit grantseeking, fundraising, and management. Her experience also includes teaching, program design, and user experience testing. Previously, she worked in academic and public libraries and in a research laboratory. She has an M.A. in library science and a B.S. in microbiology from University of Arizona.
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.
Teleange′ Thomas was named director of Foundation Center Midwest, January 2016. She provides leadership for deepening the organization’s impact in thirteen Midwestern states, while enhancing the organization’s value proposition to the Cleveland community.
Ms. Thomas has 14-plus years of professional experience in the fields of healthcare, public health, human services, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Foundation Center, she served for seven years as a program director with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, overseeing strategies to reduce health disparities among vulnerable populations through strategic grantmaking, systems and policy change.
Teleange′ earned a bachelor’s of business management and entrepreneurial studies from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the boards of directors for Health Policy Institute of Ohio, Green City Growers, and the Conservancy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park; a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and is published in professional and academic journals.
Kate leads the direction, growth, and deeper engagement of the Funding Information Network, both domestically and globally. Kate joined Foundation Center in 2014 as the e-resources librarian at Foundation Center West. Before joining Foundation Center, Kate worked as a business librarian for a financial services provider in Chicago, IL. Prior to that, Kate discovered her passion for connecting people to the resources that can help them succeed at a nonprofit residential treatment facility for young adults in Chicago where she developed the in-house library/learning center. Kate holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s in library and information science from Dominican University. Away from work, Kate enjoys adventures on the Internet, around her neighborhood, and in the great outdoors.
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.
Zohra oversees Foundation Center’s regional hubs across the U.S., a Funding Information Network of 450+ worldwide affiliated locations, the GrantSpace.org website, and a range of training and advisory services. Together, this suite of “bricks and clicks” services connects social sector organizations to funding and knowledge resources in their communities, in-person, and online. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Zori was the president of Global Management Challenge USA, the world’s largest strategy and management (competition-based) training simulation platform, with operations in 40 countries and an extensive pipeline of more than 500,000 participants from the corporate and higher education sectors.
Zohra launched her career at SIFE (now known as Enactus), a global community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Her roles with the organization included program development director, regional vice president of international programs, and vice president of SIFE Worldwide.
Zohra is multi-lingual, has traveled to more than 50 countries, and serves on several boards, including the Bayat Foundation and the Global Business School Network. She is currently based in New York City.