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Gary Romero

Director of Grants Management  |  Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

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.

Term expires 2024.