Dave Holmes, Candid
Dave Holmes is Programs Manager at Candid’s Midwest office, coordinating the training, reference, and research services for the Midwest region. He returned to the Foundation Center (now Candid) in 2015 from a position as Senior Consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for a variety of large and small nonprofit clients. In his initial nine-year tenure with Foundation Center, Dave served in various roles including Regional Training Specialist, Interim Director of Foundation Center – Cleveland, and Director of Capacity and Leadership Development.
Earlier in his career, Dave served as a Program Officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and as the Director of Grants and Prospect Research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a current board member of Joel’s Place for Children and Upcycle Parts Shop and a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter and of Joyful Noise Music School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Villanova University, and an MLIS from Kent State University.
Matt Carter, Grants Plus
Matt has more than fifteen years experience in grant development, corporate giving, individual fundraising, government relations, policy analysis, and project management for a variety of policy, social service, and cultural organizations.
Before coming to Grants Plus, Matt served as Associate Director of Development, Foundations and Grants, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, and as Director of Development at New Life Community (now Family Promise of Greater Cleveland). He has been published in journals in the US and Europe, and co-authored the book, Seen But Not Heard: Strengthening Nonprofit Advocacy. Matt serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. He holds a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement
The Cleveland Foundation
Nelson is the Program Director for Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement. He rejoined the foundation in January 2018 after spending four years at Saint Luke’s Foundation, where he served as Senior Program Officer for a Strong Neighborhood. In that role, Nelson oversaw their Strong Neighborhood program, with the goal of making enhancements to the built environment and improving social conditions in the Buckeye-Shaker, Mt. Pleasant and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Before that, Nelson served as Program Officer for the Cleveland Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking, focusing on community development, environmental sustainability and program management of the Summer Internship program.
Nelson has also worked for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, University Hospitals Health System, Cole Managed Vision, and the American Red Cross. Nelson also served with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Nelson and his wife are empty nesters and live in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.
Director of Learning & Innovation
Catherine Smith’s passion for partnership cultivation, community development and program management has helped build social service organizations’ capacity. Prior to joining Sangfroid Strategy, LLC, Catherine worked in program management for various community-based social service organizations in Cleveland, OH. As Director of Learning and Innovation, she hopes to transform the way social service agencies function to create sustainable solutions for the problems they try to solve.
Catherine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and her Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She was drawn to nonprofit systems work after creating a food-recovery program between the campus dining halls and the local community centers. Her course work in Community Practice for Social Change and Nonprofit Management and Leadership lead her to pursue this work professionally while being an active volunteer in the community.
After completing her degree program, she joined the 2015 Teach for America Greater Cleveland Corps, where she taught Common Core Mathematics and served on the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) committee. After her time in the classroom, she realized the importance of utilizing partnerships to support the education sector and moved into a role as Program Manager for the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, where she led the efforts related to community-facing engagement around the district complete Plan for Transforming Schools. Catherine has strategically and intentionally cultivated partners to support program goals through her work in the education sector. She has expanded support for organizations that address social issues such as disability services, education, housing, and child welfare needs. In addition, Catherine is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Ohio, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), True2U Mentor, and has served on various volunteer committees and boards.
Director of Grant Programs
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Heather Johnson-Banks is the director of grant programs of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, one of the largest funders for arts and culture in the country. Heather joined CAC in 2018 as a program manager overseeing a portfolio of organizations receiving General Operating Support and Project Support.
As director of grant programs, Heather leads the work of grant program team and guides the strategy and planning for more than $12million in annual grant making. Since joining CAC, Heather has led the General Operating Support grant program, co-led Support for Artists grantmaking, implemented a Capacity Building grant program, and supported the Project Support grant program. She has worked to improve grantmaking operations through the analysis and implementation of internal systems. Committed to racial equity, Heather initiated the organization’s internal equity team and worked to implement racial equity goals and related technical assistance for general operating support groups, including the Moving Toward Equity series.
Heather has more than a decade of experience working for nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. Prior to joining CAC, Heather was the development manager at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. There she managed the Museum’s membership, annual fund, grant writing, and exhibition and event sponsorships. During her tenure, she also initiated the Museum’s Interactive Biography Project, expanded programs and supported exhibition development. Heather has also worked at the Beck Center for the Arts advancing their fundraising efforts and has held various roles at Penton Media, SPACES and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her volunteer work includes service on the board of the Lakewood Arts Festival, leading the Cleveland Foundation Summer Internship Program Alumni Committee, and tutoring with Refugee Response.
Heather earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and certificate in Nonprofit Management from Cleveland State University and holds degrees in Anthropology and the History of Art and Architecture from Miami University.