Community Leadership 101

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Back by popular demand, CFLeads continues the conversation on community leadership!  As a participant in this webinar, you will receive a copy of the Framework for Community Leadership and the Framework Toolbox.  You will learn how to be more intentional about your community leadership strategy with these tools and you will gather tips for using them with staff and board members. Community Foundation leaders who have adopted various approaches to using these tried-and-true tools for the field will also be sharing their stories.


Deborah Ellwood, Executive Director, CFLeads
Deborah joined CFLeads as Executive Director in December of 2009. She has a broad background as an advocate, policy analyst, grantmaker, fundraiser and community builder. She served as both a board and staff leader during 10 years with Rochester Area Community Foundation (Rochester, NY), moving its grantmaking from responsive to highly focused and tapping into the many other non-grantmaking resources to move a community agenda. While at the foundation, she founded a children’s advocacy organization, launched a successful community-wide after-school alliance and led many other community initiatives. Deborah was also co-chair of the public policy subcommittee of the Council on Foundations' ProNet affinity group.

An award-winning graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Deborah has advocated for children, low-income families and clean indoor air at Children Now in California, the Fiscal Policy Institute in New York and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, respectively. She previously served as director of development at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which is leading community development efforts in Pittsburgh's Northside neighborhood.

Chris Barge, Director, School Readiness Initiative, Community Foundation Boulder County
Chris Barge directs the School Readiness Initiative at The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, which seeks to close Boulder County’s achievement gap between kids from low-income families and their peers. He joined The Foundation in 2008 after a 10-year career in newspapers, including with the Rocky Mountain News and the Boulder Daily Camera. He and his wife Erin live with their daughter Ellery and son Milo in Boulder.



Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Since 2004, Kathi Horton has served as President of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF), a charitable organization focused on engaging people in philanthropy to build a stronger community.  She is a community leader who has spent her life engaged in work that aligns with her deepest beliefs – getting resources to people who have faced generations of discrimination, activating a community’s generosity for the sake of subsequent generations, and advancing the importance of early childhood education. For 30 years Horton has led nonprofit organizations specializing in education, human services and philanthropy.

Regionally she serves as a board member of Michigan Community Foundations’ Venture, an initiative begun by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) to strengthen the role community foundations play in philanthropy, and also serves on CMF’s Community Foundations Committee. A native of Defiance, Ohio, Horton holds master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Fordham University.

Caroline Merenda, Program Director, CFLeads
Caroline Merenda is Program Director of CFLeads. Since joining CFLeads in 2011, Caroline has helped conceptualize, develop, and implement learning activities that help community foundations advance the practice of community leadership. She was previously the Senior Program Officer at Rochester Area Community Foundation where she had a reputation as a trusted and persistent community builder and collaborator.



Carrie Pickett-Erway, President/CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Carrie Pickett-Erway is President/CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and the fourth president in the Community Foundation’s 88-year history.  She is the first woman to head the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo area. Carrie is a graduate of WMU with both an undergraduate and master’s degree in Social Work.  Carrie began her career at the Community Foundation in 1999 as an intern when the organization was first exploring more proactive ways to do community investing.

Pickett-Erway’s other community involvements include service on committees and boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, Kalamazoo County Ready 4’s, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. She also plays an essential role in The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo, the community collaborative embracing the vision that every child in Kalamazoo County will be ready for school, college and the world.

The Tri-State Community Foundation Webinar Series is made possible through an agreement between The Council of Michigan FoundationsPhilanthropy Ohio and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.  The webinars will be designed for (but not exclusive to) community foundations.

This webinar is hosted by Council of Michigan Foundations and was originally published February, 2015.


CMF Members: $35.00
Nonmembers: $50.00

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