The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that Louisville’s nonprofit organizations are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high quality professional development opportunities. Each year, in support of such work, we select five leaders as Alden Fellows. By invitation, nonprofit executive directors, presidents, and CEOs are asked to develop a plan for their personal and professional growth which will elevate their work as a leader, benefit their organization, and impact the community. Fellowships of $7,000 are awarded to individuals who exhibit a unique curiosity, a commitment to the Louisville community, and a sincere interest in exploring their full leadership potential.
Elizabeth Wessels-Martin, President & CEO, The Center for Women and Families: Elizabeth will attend the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program at Georgetown University in order to develop and strengthen her skills. Her goals are to increase the Center’s sustainability, establish the organization as an exemplary model, and measure the Center’s results by national standards.
Kellie Watson, Chief Equity Officer, Louisville Metro Government Department of Human Resources and the Human Relations Commission: Kellie will obtain a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University ILR School and become a certified instructor for the Cook Ross Inclusive Leadership and Cultures Training. She intends to activate her study and teaching to create innovative policy and achieve equitable outcomes within Louisville Metro Government and across the community.
Maria Price, Executive Director, St. John Center: Maria will travel to Seattle for the Housing First Partners’ Conference and visit a similar organization for on-site consultation and shadowing. She will also attend a personal retreat on leadership, transition, and growth. This plan will enable Maria to explore a possible growth step for her organization, seek counsel from professionals in the field, and discern how her leadership skills best fit St. John Center’s current and future need.
Dave Christopher, Founder & Executive Director, A.M.P.E.D (Academy of Music Production Education and Development): Dave will pursue a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Harvard University. He anticipates this coursework will develop him into a more effective, efficient, and informed leader, supporting meaningful growth that builds stronger communities.
2020 Alden Fellows
Sonja Grey serves as the Executive Director of ECHO (Exploited Children’s Help Organization), an organization dedicated to preventing and reducing the incidence and impact of child abuse. Sonja will enroll in the Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership program at the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy and attend the National Children’s Advocacy Center International Symposium on Child Abuse. She seeks to gain the skills and knowledge to affect greater strategy, financial stability, and comprehensive programming for her organization.
Since the Alden Fellows’ inception in 2014, the Community Foundation has awarded $175,000 in grants for building the leadership capacity of 33 fellows. An additional investment providing executive coaching has allowed the fellows to gain meaningful perspectives on their fellowship experiences. Through their participation as Alden Fellows, these leaders join a network of past and present fellows, cultivating relationships and forming new connections in order to collaborate for greater impact.
Alden Fellows Alumni
The Community Foundation seeks to select cohorts of fellows who are broadly representative of the Louisville community. Selected fellows lead organizations focused on youth, housing and homelessness, community development, arts & culture, social services, education, and more. Cohorts have consisted of both new and seasoned leaders, representing small and large organizations.