About Us

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those living and working in the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. We believe that strong community relationships, collaborative problem-solving, and broad engagement are powerful forces for change. We are committed to centering the experiences of those who are most impacted by problems and to widening access to our resources (both monetary and non-monetary) and ensuring they are equally distributed. Learn more about our history. Audited Financial Statements: 2018, 2019, 2020; 2021Forms 990: 2018, 2019, 2020; 2021 Tax ID: 54-1506312.


Our team members bring unique expertise in philanthropy and charitable giving and an abiding commitment to serving our donors, our nonprofit partners, and our community. Pictures are alphabetized by first name. Our photographer is Jesús Pino Aguilar.

  • Alex Gross

    Alex Gross

    is a Senior Program Manager. She collaboratively leads in piloting and building out new policies and programs rooted in trust-based, equity-forward philanthropy. In partnership with the Director of Programs and the donor relations team, she cultivates relationships that bring new infrastructure, investments, and opportunities to the foundation's programmatic work.

  • Andi Senatro

    Andi Senatro

    is our Operations Manager. She supports administration, human resources, database management, and the systems and procedures that promote efficiency and increase effectiveness across all foundation activities.

  • Brennan Gould

    Brennan Gould

    serves as President & Chief Executive Officer. She is responsible for directing Community Foundation strategy and operations, and for ensuring that the foundation’s mission is fulfilled through expanding relationships with the community. She serves as an ex-officio member of the foundation’s Governing Board, to which she reports.

  • Carrie Soubra

    Carrie Soubra

    is our Administrative Assistant. She performs a wide variety of administrative functions and provides general office support for all foundation activities. She interacts regularly with Community Foundation stakeholders, answers and directs incoming phone calls and emails, schedules meetings, and provides database support.

  • Chaquita Venable

    Chaquita Venable

    is our Donor Relations Manager. She performs a variety of programmatic and administrative functions as part of the donor relations team, including support for applicants and grantees to our donor advised grantmaking programs. Additionally, she coordinates compliance, general information management, communications, and customer service related to our individual and family funds.

  • Eboni Bugg

    Eboni Bugg

    is our Director of Programs. Eboni provides organizational leadership, working in partnership with others, to effectively direct grant and other resources so that nonprofit activities, program outcomes and/or wider community development goals are accomplished.

  • Justin Reid

    Justin Reid

    is a Senior Program Manager. He works in collaboration with the Programs team to carry forward existing and new discretionary programs rooted in trust-based, equity-forward philanthropy.

  • Katie Kling

    Katie Kling

    is our Senior Donor Relations Manager. She is the primary contact for our donor-advised, committee-advised, and scholarship funds. She is here to provide advice and assistance to fund holders and ensures that all aspects of fund operations run smoothly for them.

  • Maggie McCann

    Maggie McCann

    is our Director of Finance and leads on all aspects of Community Foundation asset, financial and fund management and reporting. To advance our donors’ financial and investment goals, Maggie develops and manages the foundation’s relationships with tax, legal and investment professionals and institutional partners.

  • Megan Donovan

    Megan Donovan

    is our Grants Administrator. Megan performs a variety of programmatic and administrative tasks to support the smooth functioning of the foundation’s discretionary grantmaking and capacity building programs. She works with grant partners and coordinates event and meeting support, while helping to ensure compliance with the foundation’s standards, policies, and procedures.

  • Ryan Jacoby

    Ryan Jacoby

    is Director of Operations. He oversees foundation-wide administration, procedures, and project management, including communications, human resources, and database management.

  • Valerie Martin

    Valerie Martin

    is our Accounting Assistant. Valerie performs a variety of accounting and administrative functions in support of the finance team and foundation's work, while coordinating contributions and accounts payable activities and helping to ensure compliance with financial and record-keeping procedures.

Governing Board

Our Governing Board is entrusted to guide the Community Foundation, and its members actively seek a wide range of community perspectives that strengthen our decision-making and complement our individual expertise. Pictures are alphabetized by first name. Our photographer is Jesús Pino Aguilar.

  • Andrea Roberts

    Andrea Roberts

    is Vice Chair of the Governing Board. An associate professor of accounting at UVA, she specializes in nonprofit financial reporting. She is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Not-for-Profit Project Resource Group and is a past president of the AAA’s Diversity Section. She is a member of the American Accounting Association and the PhD Project Accounting Doctoral Students Association.

  • Antwon Brinson

    Antwon Brinson

    is Chair of the Grants Portfolio Committee. He is the owner and CEO of Culinary Concepts AB, which was founded in 2018 and provides high-impact, motivational training in the food service industry. Prior to that he was the executive chef at Common House and cooked at restaurants and resorts around the country. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York.

  • Bethany Teachman

    Bethany Teachman

    is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training and Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology, and director of the public website MindTrails and Project Implicit Health. She has been awarded an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award, multiple national mentoring awards, and she is a Fellow of multiple associations.

  • Judge Bob Downer

    Judge Bob Downer

    served as General District Court Judge for the 16th Judicial District in Virginia for 18 years. He was elected by the General Assembly serving in 2001 and reelected in 2007 and 2013. Bob instituted the Therapeutic Docket serving the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. He is the recipient of the Clarence Earl Gideon Award in 2019. He presently serves as a facilitator judge in the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program.

  • Bob Sweeney

    Bob Sweeney

    retired as the Senior VP of Development and Public Affairs for the University of Virginia in 2016. During his twenty-five years in the position, he restructured the university's development effort, and its philanthropic cash flow increased fourfold in ten years, from $50 million to $200 million. He is married to Lili Powell, a professor with appointments in the Darden School of Business and the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

  • Diane Schmidt

    Diane Schmidt

    is Chair of the Audit Committee. She works for Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Central Virginia. She received degrees from JMU and Mary Washington and is a graduate of Leadership Charlottesville.

  • Glenn Rust

    Glenn Rust

    is Chair of the Governing Board. Glenn is the president and CEO and a Director of Virginia National Bank and Virginia National Bankshares, a billion-dollar, publicly traded company. In addition to having more than forty-six years of banking, technology, and consulting experience, he is an advocate for many not-for-profits and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia.

  • Heather Carlton

    Heather Carlton

    is the past chair of the Governing Board. An Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, she prosecutes federal crimes ranging from bank fraud to human trafficking. Previously, she was an associate with McGuireWoods LLP in Charlottesville and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

  • Helene Downs

    Helene Downs

    is Chair of the Board Development Committee. A partner at Hantzmon Wiebel, she specializes in tax planning and preparation, estate planning, and estate and trust taxation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council. She serves on the board of the Village School.

  • Jake Zarnegar

    Jake Zarnegar

    serves as Chief Business Development Officer of Silverchair, a Charlottesville-based software company that provides an online platform for research publishers and medical education providers supporting non-profit organizations such as the American Medical Association, Oxford University Press, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more. He previously served with CACF with the Future Fund and the Grants Portfolio Committee. He also served on the Board of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) for six years.

  • Kristin L. Henningsen

    Kristin L. Henningsen

    is Secretary of the Governing Board. She is Managing Director of the operations division of CornerStone Partners, an Outsourced CIO firm in Charlottesville. CornerStone manages about $11 billion in assets for fourteen not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining CornerStone, she worked for a large regional accounting firm and an investment banking firm.

  • Libby Edwards-Allbaugh

    Libby Edwards-Allbaugh

    is President of the Tax Ladies and an instructor for PVCC Workforce Services. She is a past President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Junior Chamber of Commerce, State Coordinator of the Virginia Jaycees, Piedmont CASA volunteer, administrator of the Fluvanna Soccer Association, and is active with the Chamber Diversity Council and Women’s Round Table. She is a native of Charlottesville and mother of three boys.

  • Ray Mishler

    Ray Mishler

    retired in 2020 after 31 years leading the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation and a broad career of nonprofit leadership in Charlottesville. Ray has also served on the board for United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and the Charlottesville Free Clinic, and he previously served CACF as a task force member, Bama Works Fund grant reviewer, and led the hospital to help resource the Foundation’s first Shaping Futures grant. Ray and his wife, Pat Smith, have two grown children living in Richmond.