Ashley Swearengin

Ashley Swearengin

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.

Artie Padilla

Artie Padilla

Senior Program Officer

As Senior Program Office, Artie is responsible for CVCF’s neighborhood revitalization portfolio, which include developing community-driven and community-led solutions that will transform our region.

Chelsea Harkness Rasmussen

Chelsea Harkness Rasmussen

Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Chelsea leads CVCF’s internal and external marketing, communications, and media activities including website, social media, branding, newsletters, and press.

Cherella Nicholson

Cherella Nicholson

Program Officer

Oversees the day-to-day implementation of CVCF programs, grants, and their respective deliverables.

 Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez

Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez

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.
Cori Lucero

Cori Lucero

Merced Regional Director

Manages the Central Valley Opportunity Fund (CVOF), a philanthropic fund dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in Merced County, California.

Elliott Balch

Elliott Balch

Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.)

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

Hannah Johnson McAbee

Director of Local Philanthropy

Responsible for the planning, oversight, and implementation of a comprehensive program that secures financial resources from individuals, corporations, foundations, and others to support the Central Valley Community Foundation’s (CVCF) annual fundraising goals and build the organization’s endowment.

Jessica Revis

Jessica Revis

Administrative Manager & Assistant to the CEO

Provides high-level administrative support to the CEO and assists with various projects. This includes the overall management of the CEO’s schedule and various correspondences. Often referred to as the gatekeeper, Jessica oversees all incoming requests and inquires for the CEO.

Karen Aceves

Karen Aceves

Grants and Contracts Director

Karen implements systems to ensure proper budgeting, oversees budgets, and manages contracting with grant-funded consultants and partners. Her focus is on programs and projects funded by incoming grants and discretionary internal sources, and also assists in soliciting new funding to support CVCF’s programmatic work .

Kerri Horn

Kerri Horn

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.
Larry Marquez

Larry Marquez

Staff Accountant

As Staff Accountant, Larry Marquez performs a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, and financial control monitoring duties for CVCF, including journal entry preparation, general ledger account reconciliation, account analysis, report generation, and special projects.

Marcos Osorio

Marcos Osorio

Program Officer

Oversees the day-to-day implementation of CVCF programs, grants, and their respective deliverables.

Phuong Bui-Sears

Phuong Bui-Sears

Grants Associate

As Grant Associate, Phuong Bui-Sears provides timely and effective support to CVCF staff managing programs and projects, and communicates with external parties to facilitate programmatic grant, scholarship, and accounts-payable transactions.

Sarah Moffat

Sarah Moffat

Director of External Affairs

Responsible for attracting and engaging CVCF’s six-county region on portfolio issues pertaining to economic development. Supports key CVCF signature programming including Council of Business Sponsors and the Central Valley Legislators Roundtable.
Taylor Kimber

Taylor Kimber

Local Philanthropy Manager

Taylor works with local donors, supports our Friends of the Foundation Program, and enhances philanthropic communications.

Travis Jeffus

Travis Jeffus

Controller

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.
Zakary Jobe

Zakary Jobe

Donor Services and Accounts Payable Associate

Zakary helps to serve CVCF’s donors and fundholders and provides strategic support to members of the Stewardship team in their work to provide best in class comprehensive advisory services for donors and fundholders. He coordinates gift, grant, and accounts payable processing and letter and report generation.

Send Us a Message

Contact Us
First
Last