Our StaffThe 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/
President and CEO
Meet the CEO
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.
Community Engagement Associate
Performs administrative duties at the front desk and manages the coordination and scheduling of events with community partners at CVCF.
Manages the President/CEO’s calendar, correspondences, and meeting arrangements, and maintains ongoing projects in collaboration with fellow CVCF staff.
Director of Donor Services
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.
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.
Special Projects/Crop Gifting
Implements and directs initiatives related to donor stewardship, fiscal management, and project management.
Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.)
Coordinates grantmaking, community engagement, and policy work; recruits staff talent; and designs and implements strategies for program growth.
Director of Community Engagement
Directs community engagement and communications activities in cooperation with CVCF staff, community partners, funders, and grantees.
Kelvin F. Alfaro
Director of Programs & Evaluation
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.
Chief Finance Officer (C.F.O.)
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.
Grants & Finance Associate
Executes a variety of administrative, data, and accounting tasks to support grantmaking and finance.
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.