Community Foundation of Louisville Appoints Four New Board Members

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the appointment of four new board members: Jerry Abramson, Executive in Residence at Spalding University and former Mayor of Louisville and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky; Dave Calzi, leader of EY’s Government and Public Sector; Marta Miranda-Straub, founder of Catapult Now LLC; Carolyn Tandy, Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse, Inc.

“We are honored to welcome our four new board members who come from different backgrounds and have a multitude of experiences, which will help give our board new perspectives and challenge us to act as innovators and community experts for our city,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “Each new member is a true force for good, and we look forward to their contributions to the Foundation and our community.”

Overall the 24 member board of directors helps provide direction, guidance and oversight to the Community Foundation of Louisville. The newest members include:


Jerry Abramson

Jerry Abramson, formerly the Mayor of Louisville, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, and Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, most recently accepted the position of Executive in Residence at Spalding University on June 1, 2018.

In this new role, Abramson will teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Spalding and is expected to assist with Spalding’s development of academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices.

Prior to his position at Spalding, Abramson was as Deputy Assistant to the President. As Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, he oversaw the Obama administration’s domestic agenda with state, city, county, and tribal elected officials across the country. Additionally, he served as Kentucky’s Lieutenant Governor alongside Gov. Steve Beshear. Abramson was also Louisville’s longest-serving mayor with 21 years in office.

In the private sector, Abramson practiced law with Greenebaum Doll and McDonald, and Frost Brown Todd. Abramson received his bachelor’s degree in business economics and public policy at Indiana University, and received his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Madeline, have a son, Sidney, and a daughter-in-law, Kandice.

Dave Calzi

Dave Calzi, a native of Buffalo, New York, made his way to Kentucky to attend U.K.. After graduating in with a degree in Accounting, he began a highly successful career in public accounting, first joining Arthur Andersen and then EY. In 2004, Calzi became the managing partner of the firm’s Louisville office and in 2017, assumed a leadership role over EY’s Government and Public Sector practice in a 14-State region, while continuing to serve some of the firm’s largest and most diverse multi-national clients. During the course of his career, Calzi has provided professional services to many large publicly held clients, including Brown-Forman, General Electric, Humana, Kindred Healthcare, Lexmark, and YUM.

Calzi’s commitment to the community has focused on education – especially for those underserved and needing access. He presently serves Leadership Louisville, 55,000 Degrees, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business, and as an advisor and board member to Endeavor Louisville.

Previously, Calzi served on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., Stage One Family Theatre, Junior Achievement, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, he was Chair of the Catholic Education Foundation, Fund for the Arts, Louisville Ballet, Hosparus, GLI Business Leaders for Education, the Kentucky Society of CPA’s Educational Foundation, and chaired the Metro United Way’s 1999 campaign.

Outside of work, Calzi and his wife, Jamie, are members of Holy Trinity Church and have two daughters, Emily and Maddie. They all enjoy being active volunteers with Hand In Hand Ministries in their free time.

Marta Miranda-Straub

Marta Miranda-Straub is the founder of Catapult Now LLC, a local consulting firm. She has maintained a private clinical and consulting practice for over 30 years, providing services in organizational strategy/development, secondary trauma/healing, executive coaching, conflict management, cultural competency/inclusion, implicit bias, and authentic leadership, to both private and public sector organizations.

Miranda-Straub also has training in clinical and organizational social work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice. Her experiences led her to education, where she was formerly a Professor, Chair Women of Gender Studies, and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Women and Gender Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Miranda-Straub’s own education began at Miami Dade College and Florida International University. She then earned her Master’s of Social Work from Barry University in 1985.

A strategic, visionary leader, educator, and innovator, Miranda-Straub is also the retired President and CEO of The Center for Women and Families. She is an experienced fundraiser with a proven record of securing six, seven, and eight figures gifts. Her dedication ultimately spans across multiple sectors and has allowed her to have a variety of professional experiences.

Carolyn Tandy

Carolyn Tandy is the Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse, Inc.  She is responsible for creating diversity and inclusion programs to help maintain Texas Roadhouse’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen and a national employer of choice for persons seeking to advance their career in the restaurant industry. Tandy oversees the development of culture-shaping initiatives to support an open and inclusive environment throughout the Texas Roadhouse organization.

Tandy has a wealth of experience in leadership, partnership building skills, and outreach training. Prior to joining Texas Roadhouse, she has spent 10 years leading coalition building and outreach efforts for US Representative John Yarmuth as his District Director. Prior to that, she served as the Director of African American Outreach for the Democratic National Committee and various other outreach and inclusion projects for such notables as President Obama, President Clinton, and the Congressional Black Caucus.

Honored by Leadership Louisville as one of its “Community Connectors,” Tandy is also a recipient of the prestigious “Forty Under 40” award by Business First and the 2016 “Tough Cookie Award” by Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. She proudly serves on the Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation Board.

Tandy is married to former Metro Council President and economic development attorney, David Tandy and together they have three children.

Each new board member is accomplished beyond words and the Community Foundation of Louisville is proud to welcome them to our team of talented individuals. Their strengths will help the Foundation create a community where people and place thrive.