Mary Grissom serves as Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Louisville; mobilizing people, networks, and capital to spark meaningful change in and beyond Louisville, Kentucky. Combining investment excellence with real social impact, Mary works with local partners to advance racial equity and open opportunity for all. With experience serving in leadership positions for mission-directed organizations and initiatives that improve community outcomes, she brings expertise in place-based impact philanthropy to drive greater gains for Louisville.
While born and raised in Louisville, Mary began her career in Boston, Massachusetts. There she worked on issues and electoral campaigns that helped advance policies, systems, and neighborhoods. Most recently, serving as Vice President of Community Engagement at Metro United Way, she led advocacy, equity, and volunteer efforts. Grissom aided Metro United Way in becoming more inclusive, relevant, and proximate to the communities they serve; proudly led the team and work that received the 2018 Association of Black Foundation Executives Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership models of effective and responsive grantmaking and the 2016 Common Good Award for work with Black men and boys. With family roots in Kentucky agriculture, Mary is passionate about supporting linkages between urban and rural communities. Mary is proud mama to two daughters who keep her on her toes.
Interested in investing in a Louisville where everyone has the opportunity to prosper? Mary wants to talk with you. Contact her with the information listed below.