Soon-to-be former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin will have plenty of familiar faces around her when she takes on her new job as president/CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation early next year.
Swearengin is bringing a cadre of current and former City Hall staffers with her to the foundation, which serves as a local nonprofit clearinghouse for charitable contributions, grants and bequests from philanthropists.
The foundation serves as a steward of those funds, managing and investing the money to build up the endowments and award grants for charities and projects across the San Joaquin Valley.
Joining Swearengin at the foundation are Elliott Balch, a former downtown revitalization manager for the city who will be the foundation’s chief operating officer; Danielle Bergstrom, a senior policy adviser on Swearengin’s City Hall staff who will be policy director for the foundation; Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez, the city’s economic development coordinator, who will be the director of donor services; and Miguel Ramirez, now a communications coordinator at City Hall who will be the foundation’s community engagement manager.
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Gretchen Moore, now the executive director of the Downtown Fresno Foundation, will become the director of community engagement at the foundation.
Remaining on the management team at the foundation are special projects director David Johnson, who has been serving as the interim CEO; chief financial officer Kerri Horn; senior program officer Kelvin Alfaro; staff accountant Travis Jeffus; and support specialist Annie Johnson.