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Our Staff

The staff of Central Valley Community Foundation works diligently to meet the needs of donors, professional advisors, and nonprofits. We offer comprehensive local knowledge of issues and solutions and look forward to working with you to maximize the impact of your giving.

Updated staff page coming soon, meanwhile check out the complete list of employees and job descriptions: http://www.centralvalleycf.org/meet-the-staff/

Ashley Swearengin

Ashley Swearengin

President and CEO

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Oversees the overall management and direction of the Central Valley Community Foundation, ensuring that CVCF makes progress every day towards accomplishing our mission: to cultivate smart philanthropy, lead, and invest in solutions that build stronger communities.

Ashley Swearengin is president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, a charitable foundation serving the six counties of Central California and providing over $100 million in funding to over 650 community benefit organizations over the last decade.  Prior to joining CVCF, she served as Mayor of the City of Fresno from 2009 through 2016.  As mayor, she implemented substantial changes to improve the delivery of city services, revitalize the downtown and urban core, promote business and job growth, address chronic homelessness, and stabilize the city’s financial position.  Before becoming mayor, Ashley led a number of economic development initiatives in the Fresno region, including the Central Valley Business Incubator, Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development, and the Regional Jobs Initiative.  She holds MBA and BS degrees from California State University, Fresno.

Ann-Marie Padilla

Ann-Marie Padilla

Community Engagement Associate

Phone: 559-226-5600
annmarie@centralvalleycf.org

Performs administrative duties at the front desk and manages the coordination and scheduling of events with community partners at CVCF.

Candice Troutman

Candice Troutman

Executive Assistant

Phone: 559-825-6186
candice@centralvalleycf.org

Manages the President/CEO’s calendar, correspondences, and meeting arrangements, and maintains ongoing projects in collaboration with fellow CVCF staff.

 Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez

Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez

Director of Donor Services

Phone: 559-825-6182
claudia@centralvalleycf.org

Focuses on providing exceptional and differentiated service to donors, prospective donors, nonprofit organizations, and colleagues. Claudia carries out CVCF’s mission by facilitating the establishment and effective operation of donor-advised, designated, scholarship and agency funds.

Danielle Bergstrom

Danielle Bergstrom

Policy Director

Phone: 559-825-6191
danielle@centralvalleycf.org

Connects the work of CVCF to state and federal policy initiatives, develops research to better help policymakers understand the landscape of the Central Valley, and connects with funders to increase investment and impact in the region.

David Johnson

David Johnson

Special Projects/Crop Gifting

Phone: 559-825-6187
david@centralvalleycf.org

Implements and directs initiatives related to donor stewardship, fiscal management, and project management.

 Elliott Balch

Elliott Balch

Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.)

Phone: 559-825-6192
elliott@centralvalleycf.org

Coordinates grantmaking, community engagement, and policy work; recruits staff talent; and designs and implements strategies for program growth.

 Gretchen Moore

Gretchen Moore

Director of Community Engagement

Phone: 559-825-6188
gretchen@centralvalleycf.org

Directs community engagement and communications activities in cooperation with CVCF staff, community partners, funders, and grantees.

Kelvin F. Alfaro

Kelvin F. Alfaro

Director of Programs & Evaluation

Phone: 559-825-6190
kelvin@centralvalleycf.org

Ensures quality and timeliness of all aspects of grants processing and management and oversees grants management staff. With knowledge of grantees, CVCF history, and pertinent regulations, Kelvin works with staff and Board members to enhance CVCF’s long-range planning, strategy implementation, and communications.

Kerri Horn

Kerri Horn

Chief Finance Officer (C.F.O.)

Phone: 559-825-6180
kerri@centralvalleycf.org

Provides accountability of the financial affairs of CVCF and serves as the chief financial advisor regarding fiscal resources and outlays. Kerri directs, administers, and coordinates policies and procedures related to: finance and investment management, safeguarding of assets, and compliance with internal controls.

Miguel M. Ramirez

Miguel M. Ramirez

Community Engagement Manager

Phone: 559-825-6189
miguel@cenralvalleycf.org

Provides information to our local communities through a variety of outlets, including broadcast and social media. Facilitates communications between nonprofits, organizations, and community leaders. Miguel also oversees media relations and manages CVCF’s website.

Phuong Bui

Phuong Bui

Grants & Finance Associate

Phone: 559-825-6184
phuong@centralvalleycf.org

Executes a variety of administrative, data, and accounting tasks to support grantmaking and finance.

Travis Jeffus

Travis Jeffus

Staff Accountant

Phone: 559-825-6193
travis@centralvalleycf.org

Executes a variety of accounting and financial control monitoring duties for CVCF.  Travis ensures proper accounting for gifts, grants, and other financial transactions, thereby safeguarding the integrity of CVCF’s funds.