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Meet our Community Engagement Team
By The Community Foundation / June 5, 2017
Meet our Community Engagement Team

Framing our work

The Division of Community Engagement will approach its work on two complementary tracks. One subset of the team will lead and manage the competitive grant programs of the Foundation, while also evaluating and delivering service offerings designed to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector. The other subset of the team is poised to take on a community relations role by fostering relationships with community partners, representing the Foundation in the development and execution of regional initiatives and personalized response to donor inquiries in their areas of interest.

Get to know our team 

Scott Blackwell
Chief Community Engagement Officer

What energizes you about the work ahead?
“The Community Engagement team has incredible insight into the needs of our region and I am thrilled to join them in creating sustainable change for the health of our community. I am committed to working with my colleagues within and outside of the Foundation to understand the root causes of our region’s challenges and to engage in collaborative approaches to improve lives, one person at a time.”

 


Kathleen Demro
VP, Community Engagement
Grantmaking & Capacity

What energizes you about the work ahead?
"I have had the great fortune to work for or govern 10 different nonprofits, both administer funds and fundraise, and build the skills of others while continuing my own professional development. I really appreciate all facets of capacity building and grant making, and it leads me to seek true partnership with other individuals and organizations who seek the best future for this amazing region."



Eleanor Jones
Community Engagement Officer

Grantmaking & Capacity

"Working with adults, both overseas and here in America, for nearly 15 years has continually reinforced the importance of lifelong learning, training, and skill-building at every stage of an individual’s career. Development and growth is also crucial at every stage of an organization’s lifecycle. I look forward to continuing my work at TCF to bring both individuals and nonprofit organizations unique, relevant, and accessible learning opportunities."


Rochelle Jones
Administrative Assistant, Community Engagement


What are you passionate about?
"I'm passionate about mental health issues. I've seen how mental illnesses can destroy not only the life of the person suffering with the Mental disorder, but also the family members. I believe this is an area where the Community Engagement team have an opportunity to strengthen our community."


Annette Cousins
VP, Community Engagement
Leadership & Outreach

"Driven by a commitment to social justice, I have focused my career on creating pathways for people to overcome barriers and build better lives for themselves. The Community Foundation allows me to continue this journey. I look forward to supporting and cultivating cross-sector coalitions that are doing great things to move this community forward."


Lucy Mitzner
Community Engagement Officer
Leadership & Outreach

What energizes you about the work ahead?
"Our team has an opportunity to help strengthen established relationships with community partners and encourage honest discussions about how the Richmond community can continue to grow. Listening, learning and talking about vision and strategy is crucial, along with a shared understanding of how each partner can help accomplish the vision. I look forward to being a part of it."

 


Greg Gallop
Community Engagement Officer
Leadership & Outreach

What are you passionate about?

"I'm a firm believer that education is the backbone of success and I feel our focus areas all stem from a strong scholastic foundation as well. With that said, my passion lies with securing a seamless continuum of success from early childhood development, through K-12, and into post-secondary/trade level."

 

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