Board of Directors
PEAK Grantmaking is governed by a board of directors elected by our membership. Learn more about our leadership and governance in our bylaws.
Vice President — Assessment and Advisory Services | Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) | Boston
Kevin Bolduc leads the creation and delivery of CEP’s performance assessments. He oversees the design of new tools, the refinement of CEP’s suite of current assessment offerings, and oversees CEP’s advisory services. After joining CEP in 2001, Kevin helped design CEP’s groundbreaking Grantee Perception Report and other funder assessments. He also helped conduct and write early CEP research on issues of strategy and grantmaking, such as Beyond the Rhetoric: Foundation Strategy and “Luck of the Draw,” a Stanford Social Innovation Review article exploring how grantee experiences are affected by the quality of program officer performance. Kevin is a frequent speaker at conferences and to funder boards and staff on topics of strategy, assessment, and high quality grantmaking.
Before joining CEP in September 2001, he was a consultant with The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm. Kevin was one of Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders in 2012 and was in the first class of Independent Sector American Express NGen Fellows, now serving as a selection committee member. Among others, Kevin has served on the advisory boards for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Independent Sector, and the Communications Network. Kevin graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Biology from Williams College.
Term expires 2020
Director, Transparency Initiatives | Foundation Center | San Francisco
Janet Camarena works to champion greater foundation transparency. A key part of her role at the Foundation Center is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Glasspockets provides a variety of tools and features designed to encourage philanthropic openness. It has been recognized by the Webby Awards and was also selected as one of the Top 100 websites by PC Magazine. Janet also oversees and authors articles on the Glasspockets’ Transparency Talk blog.
Prior to her current role, Janet served as director of Foundation Center’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series.
Janet was among 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She serves on the boards of the Alameda County Library Foundation and Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship provider.
Term expires 2020
Associate Director of Grants Management | John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation | Chicago
Steve is the Associate Director in Grants Management for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the grants management team and advises staff on grants management, structure of grants, and regulatory compliance requirements, and helps to ensure that the right systems, processes, and practices are in place to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Foundation.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Administration in Finance from the University of the District of Columbia and his M.B.A. in Finance from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Through these educational and other experiences, Steve’s sense of social justice was solidified. He and his partner and wife Kimberly Casey, commit to making all decisions, big and small, with the community and its ongoing development in mind.
The Casey’s are raising their two son’s (Joel & Michael) in the Englewood community of Chicago. A homeowner and property owner in his neighborhood, Steve also is affiliated with numerous community related activities and currently is on the Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. Named a German Marshall Fund Fellow in 2004, Steve spent time in Europe studying global economic, political,and social issues.
Term expires 2021
Satonya Fair, Co-Chair
Director of Grants Management | Annie E. Casey Foundation | Baltimore
Satonya Fair serves as the Director of Grants Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this role, she oversees the administration of more than $100M in grants and contracts annually. She has led the development of a customized grants management system including a comprehensive online grant portal. Her work has concentrated on system innovations within her department and throughout the foundation with an emphasis on utilizing data to drive decision-making and accountability. Satonya serves in a leadership role on the Committee of Managers and supports many special projects, but she includes her work with the Foundation’s Social Investments Committee and RESPECT affinity group as highlights. Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Satonya supported Citi’s Global Community Development with responsibilities that spanned corporate and foundation giving, employee engagement and volunteerism, program development and outcome measurement. Her roles at Citi included Senior Grants Manager for the North America Community Grants Program and Community Relations Manager at CitiFinancial (now One Main Financial) where she successfully redeveloped community relations and volunteer engagement to include CitiFinancial’s branch network offices in the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Citi, Satonya was Community Relations Manager at The Baltimore Sun.
Since 1995, a consistent theme in her work and volunteerism has been ensuring low-income children, families and communities receive the support they need. She earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). Satonya graduated from the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways executive leadership program in April 2013. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and is an active volunteer with many efforts including the PEAK Grantmaking, Bridges at St. Paul School in Baltimore and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Term expires 2019
Grants Management for Education | Chan Zuckerberg Initiative | San Francisco
Tiauna George currently serves as the Grants Manager for the Education team at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Working in partnership with the Vice President of Education and the Director of Grants Management, she plays a lead role in developing, implementing, and refining the grants process for the organization’s diverse pool of grantees.
Tiauna has many years of experience in the field of grants management, working diligently to create systems that effectively and efficiently meet the complex needs of program staff and grant partners. Prior to her current role Tiauna served as the Grants Manager for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and before that as the Grants Manager of the Women’s Foundation of California and previously as the Grants Assistant at The James Irvine Foundation. She has served on the committees of several philanthropic affinity groups, and a nonprofit board, working in areas that focus on improving the lives and wellbeing of California’s most vulnerable populations.
In 2016, Tiauna and two of her colleagues co-founded the Peninsula Philanthropy Network, which leverages the collective power and influence of philanthropy of the peninsula region of the Bay Area. She also served as the Vice Chair of the Housing and Concerns Committee for the City of Redwood City, which focuses on affordable housing, economic development and homelessness prevention and was a Co-Founder of the Diversity Committee at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.
Tiauna studied political science and rhetoric at UC Berkeley and has a passion for local politics, technology and the study of language. Ms. George also holds a Master of Public Administration from USF.
Term expires 2021
Director of Grants and Knowledge Management | Conrad N. Hilton Foundation| Los Angeles
Allison Gister leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s grants management team, overseeing systems and applying best practices for effective, efficient, and knowledgeable grantmaking that aligns with Foundation requirements and complies with IRS regulations. She also partners with leadership and others to further develop an innovative knowledge management strategy to foster learning, communication, and decision making. Prior to joining the Foundation, Gister spent more than eight years at the Annenberg Foundation, most recently serving as Grants Manager, where she also provided programmatic support to members of the Board of Directors. Gister earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s of science in social entrepreneurship degree at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Allison has been active with PEAK Grantmaking since 2005, including serving as Southern California regional co-chair; co-editor of the PEAK Insight Journal, and co-chair of the 2016 Annual Conference.
Term expires 2021
Director of Grants Management | Barr Foundation | Boston
Kerri Hurley is Director of Grants Management at the Barr Foundation. She supports Barr’s staff and grantees through every stage of the grantmaking process. Prior to joining Barr in 2000, she worked in consultant relations at State Street Research, in property management at the Druker Company, and in the office of Michael Connolly, former Massachusetts Secretary of State.
She is an active member of PEAK Grantmaking, for which she served as New England co-chair for many years. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the Summer Fund, a donor collaborative working to promote high-quality summer camps and programs for youth in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville. Kerri holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Salem State College and is a notary public.
Term expires 2019
Director of Grants Management | ASPCA | New York
Adriana Jiménez joined the ASPCA in 2017. As Director of Grants Management, she oversees several key aspects of the organization’s $14 million+ grantmaking portfolio, including: RFP development; due diligence oversight; grant approvals; and systems implementation/management.
Most recently, Adriana spent 5 years as Grants Manager at the Surdna Foundation, where she helped build out the Foundation’s first Office of Grants Management, and worked across all program areas to enable strategic, collaborative grantmaking in the areas of sustainability and social justice. She has been working in the field of philanthropy/grants management since 2010.
Since joining PEAK Grantmaking Adriana has held leadership roles at both the national and chapter levels, including Co-chair of the 2014 National Conference, and Chair of the Communications Committee for the New York Chapter (2012-2014).
Adriana holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Art History from Universidad Iberoamericana. She also sits on the board of Slideluck, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art.
Term expires 2018
Director of Program Management | Rockefeller Brothers Fund | New York
Hope A. Lyons is director of program management for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In this capacity she works with staff across the Fund to ensure strategic management of its grantmaking and program operations. Within this role she oversees the Fund’s grants management, program operations, and grants-related knowledge management work. She also leads the Fund’s philanthropic stewardship grantmaking portfolio, which supports the field of philanthropy and leading practices in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Lyons started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked on microcredit and business training initiatives. Prior to joining the Fund, she was the grants manager at the Commonwealth Fund. She has worked on a range of economic development projects in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia supported by USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, and the Asian Development Bank, and coordinated activities related to the 2002 Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid in conjunction with the International Longevity Centre, an alliance of organizations committed to help societies address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways. Ms. Lyons holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and international studies from The Johns Hopkins University as well as a Master of Public Administration from New York University, with a concentration in international development and financial management. Active in the nonprofit sector, she has served on a number of boards and committees, including most recently the Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy of Philanthropy New York and the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, and is the co-chair for Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers’ Network.
Term expires 2020
Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives | AARP Foundation | Washington, D.C.
Marc McDonald joined AARP Foundation in 2012 as the Director of Grants Management and was promoted to Vice President, Grants & External Initiatives in 2017. In his role, Marc oversees the application, award, assessment and accountability of all AARP Foundation grants and provides guidance on the Foundation’s strategic grant making. Focusing on a streamlined approach towards grant making to outcomes, Marc has developed new grant making processes and workflows to align AARP Foundation’s grant making with its mission. Marc also ensures timely reporting and compliance for nearly $80 million in government grants received by AARP Foundation.
Prior to joining AARP Foundation, Marc was Director of Grant Policy and System Analysis for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He oversaw distribution policy and grantee reporting for the $300 million Community Service grant program serving nearly 600 public radio and television grantees. He also served on the board of the Public Media Business Association. Marc earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Term expires 2020
Kerry Medek, Treasurer
Director of Grants Management and Learning | GHR Foundation | Minneapolis
Kerry Medek joined Arbor Philanthropy in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Grants Management and Learning supporting the work of five family foundations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the GHR Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the systems, tools and operations that drive high-quality, compliant, cost-effective and efficient management of $23M+ grants budget across the life-cycle, and the ability to capture, analyze, learn about, and communicate grant results in the areas of global development, education and health. Kerry guides departmental integration across grants management, administration, communications and program, and moves evaluation and learning forward in a coordinated, practical and integrated way. This includes developing a culture of asking questions, supporting experimentation and creativity, and enhancing the Foundation’s ability to tell a story of impact.
Additionally, Kerry serves as Special Assistant to the CEO of GHR Foundation managing the work plans and activities of the board, and the governance, program and results, audit and finance, and investment committees.
Kerry is active with the Minnesota Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking, the Minnesota Council on Foundation, and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
Term expires 2019
Director of Administration | Walter and Elise Haas Fund | San Francisco
Suki O’Kane (@shoister) is an advocate for philanthropic collaboration and has over 20 years of experience in 30,000-foot strategy and 3-foot implementation for the independent, philanthropic and public sectors. Prior to joining the Fund, Suki worked with regional associations of philanthropy, Bay Area based youth and arts education nonprofits, and local and state governments. Holding a B.A. from Reed College, she is a musician, composer and curator working with artists from a wide array of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres.
Term expires 2021
President and CEO | ACT for Alexandria | Alexandria, VA
As President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, Heather leads the community foundation’s efforts to elevate local philanthropic giving, support local nonprofits working to aid the most vulnerable, and develop solutions for the community’s most pressing challenges.
Heather previously served as Vice President of Member and Partner Engagement for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. While there, she mobilized a national network of more than 5,000 grantmakers in adopting practices to make the greatest impact on nonprofit performance. She also served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service and as Managing Director at Community Wealth Partners. Throughout her career she has focused on bringing people together to make their organizations and their communities stronger. She regularly writes and speaks about capacity building, community engagement, collaboration, and learning and evaluation. Her own community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Fair Chance, an organization that builds the capacity of grassroots youth-serving organizations, and as a Commissioner on the Washington, D.C. Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. Ms. Peeler holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and earned her M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.
Term expires 2020
Director of Grants Management | The Lumina Foundation | Indianapolis, IN.
Tim Robinson brings 25 years of legal and investment management experience to his work at the Lumina Foundation. Prior to joining Lumina in 2016, Tim was with PNC Wealth Management for 6 years, most recently as investment director for Indiana where he was responsible for implementing investment strategies for high net worth clients. Tim also spent 13 years with Irwin Union Bank, where he managed their trust, investment and insurance businesses.
Tim is an adjunct instructor at Butler University, where he has taught classes in business law, negotiations and non-profit governance for the last 20 years. Tim is very active in the Indianapolis community and currently serves as a director on the boards of the Indiana Blood Center and Indiana Humanities; and on committees with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Versiti.
Tim, and his wife, Ellen, have two children, Maren and Miles.
Term expires 2020
Director of Grants Management | Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust | Phoenix
Gary Romero joined Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in 2007 and serves as the Director of Grants Management. Piper Trust is a place-based, private foundation that supports nonprofits in Maricopa County, Arizona and awards more than $20 million in grants annually. Gary leads the development and implementation of grants management strategies with an eye to continuous process improvement and organizational excellence. He fosters internal collaborations with a focus on stewardship and strengthening grantee relations. As a member of the senior leadership team, Gary is a champion of capturing quality data and how it can drive effective strategic decision-making.
Gary began his career in grants management in 2002 at The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City. As an active member of PEAK Grantmaking for more than 16 years, he participates in board subcommittees and attends the annual conferences and Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter meetings. Gary founded a local user-group for grants management software and other related topics and frequently serves as guest presenter at software vendor conferences. He strives to elevate and contribute to the field of grants management. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana.
Terms ends 2021
Elizabeth Tabita, Secretary
Grant Operations Manager | The California Endowment | Los Angeles
Elizabeth Tabita currently serves as a Grants Administration Program Administrator for The California Endowment’s Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego regions. In this role, she monitors requests through the on-line grant review process of over two hundred forty-nine million dollars per year in programs aimed at expanding access to affordable quality health care for underserved individuals and communities. As part of this work, she performs required tax and legal compliance due diligence and provides technical assistance on grants, contracts and fiscal health.
Elizabeth is also an active member of four philanthropic affinity groups, including Hispanics in Philanthropy, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Southern California Grantmakers and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the Southern California PEAK Grantmaking chapter and a member of the University of La Verne Alumni Association, College of Business & Public Management. She is a former Health Leadership Coro and Southern California Leadership Network Alumnae. She currently serves as an advisory board member of the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.
Elizabeth holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Science in Business/Management.
Term expires 2018
Rikard Treiber, Co-Chair
Director of Grants | Peter G. Peterson Foundation | New York
Rik Treiber is Director, Grants, at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he oversees grant operations and compliance. He collaborates on the development of grant initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission to increase public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future and to accelerate action on them. Mr. Treiber is also Chairman of Philanthropic Initiatives and a member of the Advisory Board for Horizon Client Access, Inc., which provides political, economic, and security risk analyses to businesses seeking to enter markets in Eurasia, Africa, and South America.
Prior to joining the Peterson Foundation, Mr. Treiber was Associate Corporate Secretary and Director of Grants Management at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Grants Management at The Commonwealth Fund, and he has been a Research Associate at the Foundation Center.
Mr. Treiber is active in the philanthropic sector and speaks frequently on topics related to foundations and nonprofits. Recent volunteer and advisory activities include memberships on Philanthropy New York’s Committee on Directors, the Selection Committee for Fund for Teachers fellowships, and the advisory committee for NGOsource. Mr. Treiber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University; a Master of Arts with High Honors in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from New York University, where he was a Henry Mitchell McCracken Fellow.
Term expires 2020
Grants Director | Meyer Foundation | Washington, DC
Jane Robinson Ward serves as the grants director at the Meyer Foundation, one of the Washington area’s oldest and largest locally focused philanthropies. Working across operations and program teams, Jane manages the Foundation’s $6 million annual grantmaking portfolio and grants database, ensures legal compliance, and is currently developing a new knowledge management strategy. Since coming to Meyer in 2006, she has led efforts to streamline processes for grant applicants and staff, implemented the Foundation’s first-ever online application and reporting system, and played a key role in designing and developing the Foundation’s Children and Family Capacity-Building Initiative, Julie L. Rogers Sabbatical Program and, most recently, new funding priorities that promote racial equity and systems change in the Greater Washington region.
Before joining Meyer, Jane spent a decade at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, with responsibilities that spanned program design, fund development, finance, administration, and government relations. She led the Council’s work to deliver grants and technical assistance to seed 15 new state associations around the country, and was the Council’s lead staff in organizing nonprofits nationwide to fight the Istook amendment, proposed federal legislation to silence nonprofit advocacy.
Jane has also worked in foundation relations at Carleton College, was founding operations director of the national student community activist group Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), and served as consulting program staff for the commission on National and Community Service. Jane began her career as a center director for DC’s Higher Achievement program. She has served on boards and committees for Independent Sector, National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Catalogue for Philanthropy Washington DC, PEAK Grantmaking, Nonprofit Management Association, COOL, and Carleton College. Jane earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Carleton College.
Term expires 2021
Grants Manager | Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund | Boston
Arlene Wilson-Grant is the Grants Manager for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the administration and legal compliance of the organizations’ grantmaking policies and procedures. Arlene brings a strong background from diverse experiences in grants management and program roles. Arlene joined the Disability Rights Fund/Disability Rights Advocacy Fund from the Skoll Foundation, where she served as the key liaison between grantees, program, and finance staff for three philanthropic entities. She joined the Skoll Foundation from the Public Health Institute, where she managed federal and state contracts with for-profit companies, community based organizations, and government entities. Prior to that, she spent nearly seven years as a Program Officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation where she helped donors identify effective funding strategies and developed and implemented regional grantmaking programs, coalition-building amongst key stakeholders, and communications efforts. She began her career at the Tides Foundation, working in the areas of youth development, economic development, and international grantmaking.
Arlene participates in PEAK Grantmaking, and from 2011-2012, co-chaired a working group that produced a comprehensive online publication on best practices in grants management. Arlene also serves as a founding member of the Human Rights Funders Network’s Grants Operations Coordinating Committee. She has presented at conferences and webinars on data and human rights funding, foundations and international development partnerships, and secure communications. Arlene received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.
Term expires 2021