President and CEO
Meet the CEO
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.
As Staff Accountant, Aida Vareldjian 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.
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.
Donor Services & Accounts Payable Associate
As Donor Services & Accounts Payable Associate, Breanna Galdamez is an integral part of CVCF’s dynamic and high-energy Stewardship team, working in a collaborative environment to provide excellent service and support to our donors, fundholders, vendors, and CVCF team members.
Oversees the day-to-day implementation of CVCF programs, grants, and their respective deliverables.
Director of Donor Services
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.
Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.)
Chief Strategy Officer (C.S.O)
Hannah Johnson McAbee
Director of Local Philanthropy
Chief Finance Officer (C.F.O.)
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.
Director of External Affairs
Director of Programs & Evaluation