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New Executives in the NCG Community

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Take a look at the new executives in our community.


Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Chief Executive Officer, Latino Community Foundation (LCF)

Jacqueline brings 18 years of experience working with community leaders, policymakers and foundations scaling large transformational changes. Most recently, she launched one the largest statewide health foundations in New York.

Growing up in the predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights, New York City, Jacqueline’s childhood exposed her to the challenges of an under resourced urban neighborhood. Community health works inspired her while working in a rural community in Mexico and decided to forgo her aspiration of becoming a doctor to pursue a Master’s in Public Health to affect policy and greater systemic change.

Read more about her personal story and the full press release here.


David Biemesderfer, Chief Executive Officer, Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers

Longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer will begin his CEO role in mid-January refining and putting into action a new vision for the Forum through an inclusive, collaborative and co-designed process with current and new partners.

“David is an innovative leader who has been deeply involved with the work of regional association of grantmakers (RAs) for the past 20 years,” said Marissa Manlove, chair of the Forum’s board of directors and president and CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.  “He brings to the Forum a strong understanding of the vital role that regional associations play in the philanthropic sector, a heartfelt commitment to the power of the national RA network to strengthen philanthropy, and a passion for the Forum Network’s potential in the future...” 


Read the full press release here.


Margot Melcon, Program Executive for Promoting Culture, Zellerbach Family Foundation (ZFF)

In her new role, Margot will oversee ZFF’s arts programming including Community Arts, Youth Development through the Arts, Major Community Institutions and other grants. 

She joins ZFF from her most recent role at the Marin Theatre Company where she spent seven years as the company’s Director of New Play Development. She has served on peer review panels and selection committees for arts organization across the country along with producing and developing stage productions as well as freelancing for American Theatre Magazine.



Read the full announcement here.