As the director of Candid – 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.
Laura Bergman is a Social Sector Librarian at Candid. She teaches classes on how to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO) in the context of prospecting for grants, and answers online questions about general nonprofit fundraising. Laura has served the non-profit sector for 25 years as a nonprofit executive director, development director, and program designer. Before joining the Foundation Center (now Candid), Laura worked at the California Arts Council, the Exploratorium Museum, and Z Space Theater, where she currently volunteers as Board President.
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 Candid West, Michele Ragland Dilworth is responsible for elevating and expanding the reach of Candid 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.
As City Lead for San Francisco, Lori oversees Foundation Center public services and programming for the social sector in the Bay Area — helping nonprofits in the region find the information and tools they need to be successful. She has worked in information services for more than 15 years, specializing in business and marketing topics, including corporate social responsibility. A native of Chicago, she earned her Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
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.
Elizabeth is the Community Outreach Manager at Foundation Center Northeast DC. In this role, she helps increase Foundation Center’s visibility by connecting the social sector to our capacity-building trainings and resources. In addition to delivering training courses on nonprofit management and fundraising best practices, she organizes special programs and networking events on topics related to philanthropy and the social sector. In collaboration with her Social Sector Outreach teammates, she serves as a relationship manager to our Funding Information Network partners throughout the region. She is also the go-to person for the DC team’s social media activities.
With a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Elizabeth brings to Foundation Center over 10 years of experience in training, adult learning and program management in the nonprofit sector. Elizabeth is a proud alum of The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and served as a Nashville Teaching Fellow in Metro Nashville Public Schools. In her previous position, she served as Director of Volunteer Programs and later as Deputy Director for the Washington English Center, a community-based nonprofit English language school serving over 1,500 adult immigrants in the DC area each year.
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 the organization's online, in-person, and customized training programs. 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.
Kim Buckner Patton oversees Candid'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 Candid 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.
Samantha Peddicord is the Community Outreach Manager at the Foundation Center Midwest. She recently joined the Foundation Center after operating a consulting group that worked with a variety of clients including universities, private and nonprofit organizations and the City of Cleveland. Before consulting, she served as chief of staff for Cleveland City Council and as a family liaison for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She is an involved community member and serves as the Vice Chair of a Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA) a Spanish and Mandarin immersion school, a member of Global Shapers and, a former member of the Refugee Services Collaborative. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron, an M.A. from John Carroll University.
Sandy Pon leads the Online Librarian team, a free chat and email service that serves more than 10,000 online visitors each year by answering their questions about nonprofit grantseeking, fundraising, and management, and providing support on using Foundation Center products and services. She also serves as the content 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. Sandy’s experience includes teaching, program design, and user experience testing, and in 2018 she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. 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.
Brian manages a network of over 400 libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world. Brian assists network partners in providing local nonprofit communities with access to Foundation Center funding databases, nonprofit trainings, and the opportunity to connect with like-minded social sector professionals. 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 also serves on the board of Plexus the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. Brian is a Cleveland native with a strong love of the city and commitment to its social sector.
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.
Catalina Spinel is the New York Lead at Candid, as such she manages the day-to-day operations of Candid Northeast’s New York library and learning center where she connects social sector professionals to the resources they need to thrive. Catalina brings 14 years of experience in liaising between diverse groups of stakeholders to take a broad range of projects off the ground. Prior to joining Candid, she supported the expansion of the District-Charter Collaborative, a program of the New York City Department of Education that facilitates collaboration with the goals of improving instructional practices, student outcomes, and eliminating disparities along racial lines. She also led the creation of the United Nations Victims of Terrorism Support Portal, a global resource hub for information on issues on victims of terrorism.
Catalina has consulted for UN Women, Luker Foundation, and Carvajal Foundation on their fundraising strategy. Over the past four years, she has served on the Board of Women Advancing Microfinance New York and has volunteered as a mentor for iMentor. Catalina holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Business bachelor from Universidad de los Andes. She practices Kung Fu and loves riding her bike.
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 is director of Network Engagement at Foundation Center. She leads the direction, growth, and deeper engagement of the Funding Information Network, a network of more than 400 local resource centers which support their nonprofit and social entrepreneurs with access to Foundation Center resources. She also oversees the GrantSpace.org website and AskUs online librarian service. In her role, Kate channels her experience as a librarian, focused on connecting social sector professionals with the quality information and training resources they need to thrive.
Kate has worked in information literacy roles and the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade, with unique experiences ranging from providing reference and information literacy to teens, college students, nonprofits, and even investment bankers. She firmly believes in the power of informed communities to drive social change. Kate holds a Bachelors and Masters of English Literature from St. Bonaventure University and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University (IL). Away from work, Kate enjoys adventures on the Internet, around her neighborhood of Brooklyn, and in the great outdoors.
Elizabeth comes to the Foundation Center from the San Francisco Bay Area. Elizabeth helps coordinate the Foundation Center’s our webinar programs and supports the curriculum design and evaluation, as well as other administrative duties. Her time with the Sobrato Family Foundation and Lush Cosmetics’ Charitable Givings Program brings a fresh perspective to the Programs teams. Elizabeth has also served as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations, including stints with Planting Justice and RED Sustainable Travel. Elizabeth has an M.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.