We are thrilled to share that Amy Holter has been named as our new Vice President for Community Impact! Amy starts her new role on September 12th.

After a rigorous recruitment and selection process involving both staff and board members, Amy impressed us with her exceptional qualities and qualifications. Amy brings to our team a strong sense of humility and a genuine passion for making a positive impact in our community.

With experience in local and international, large and small organizations, Amy is a nonprofit specialist with a focus on building community-driven and data-responsive processes into both grantmaking and program implementation. She is inspired to support collaboration among grassroots leaders, funders, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations to address the systems that perpetuate poverty in the world.

Before joining Community Foundation Sonoma County, Amy served as the Director of Financial Stability & Crisis Response at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. In this role, she oversaw programs in homelessness prevention, health and wellness, and disaster response and recovery in Sonoma, Lake, and Napa counties. Prior to Catholic Charities, Amy was the Director of Programs & Evaluation at Global Partners for Development, where she led grantmaking in the areas of health and education for communities in rural East Africa.

Amy is originally from North Carolina and moved to Sonoma County in 2010 as an AmeriCorps fellow at R.L. Stevens Elementary School in Roseland. She holds a master’s degree in international development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, she loves going to community events, taking road trips, eating dark chocolate, and hiking with her dog, Carolina.

“I am inspired by both the incredible legacy and the exciting potential of the Community Foundation Sonoma County. I think the Foundation is uniquely poised to become even more of a leader in elevating the voices of those who have been driven to the margins in Sonoma County.”

—Amy Holter

As we welcome Amy to her new role, we must express our heartfelt gratitude to Elly Grogan, who served as our Interim Vice President of Community Impact for the past 9 months. Elly is a true friend to the Community Foundation, with over 8 years of experience in various roles on our Philanthropic Planning Team and Community Impact Team. She has led our grantmaking with so much skill and heart during her time here, and we are grateful to her for her dedication to our community. We are sure to continue to cross paths with Elly as she continues her work to make our community a more equitable place.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Amy into her new role at an upcoming Coffee with CFSC (dates to be determined!).

With gratitude,

Your Community Foundation Team

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