Dolores Estrada, chief operating officer of PEAK Grantmaking, manages day-to-day operations—ensuring that members and funders receive timely responses to their inquiries and that staff have the resources they need to work successfully on behalf of members. Dolores also oversees the efforts of PEAK Grantmaking’s Membership and Communications departments, as they engage more grants management professionals in improving grantmaking. In addition, she lends her expertise to the development, implementation, and assessment of the association’s strategic plans.
Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Dolores was director of Grant Operations at The California Endowment. She was responsible for oversight of the administrative functions and policies of the foundation’s online grant-making, program planning, strategic planning, assessment, and operations. Dolores managed the Endowment’s collection of grantee diversity data and represented the foundation as a subject matter expert on philanthropic best practices at conferences. Dolores also has extensive experience managing information systems and tax compliance.
A resident of Los Angeles, Dolores was the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Leader Award from the Joint Affinity Group. She serves on the board of the Southern California Leadership Network. Dolores earned a master’s degree Liberal Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations, from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in History from California State University.