Meredith Zahirovic has the honor of serving as the Director of Grants for the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation of Louisville, which supports a rural community in Western Kentucky – Muhlenberg County. Meredith leads the Foundation’s Community Grants program in addition to supporting several collaborative initiatives between the Foundation and local organizations including the Madisonville Community College Martin Scholars Program as well as the GED Learn & Earn Program. While grantmaking is certainly an area of focus in her position, Meredith believes leadership is relationship, finding her work most impactful when connecting individuals and organizations to resources that not only address immediate needs but also seek to find long-term solutions to systematic issues.
Meredith is a two-time graduate of the University of Evansville, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication in 2008 and, more recently, a Master of Science in Leadership in 2020 with a concentration on innovation. Meredith earned her Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner certificate from IBM in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Leadership degree from Spalding University, located in Louisville, KY. In addition to traditional postsecondary education, Meredith has participated in other learning opportunities as a graduate of Leadership Louisville’s Ignite Louisville (2012), the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Muhlenberg (2017), and Leadership Kentucky’s ELEVATE Kentucky (2018) programs. StrengthsFinder has listed Meredith’s strengths as Achiever, Connectedness, Discipline, Restorative, and Learner which she finds make way into her life daily.
Meredith serves as a member of Muhlenberg’s Health Coalition, leading the Coalition’s Housing/Homelessness Subcommittee. Additionally, she frequently finds herself in collaborative conversations around food insecurity, workforce readiness, and other areas that have been identified as opportunities for growth in Muhlenberg. In her hometown of Louisville, KY, Meredith, along with her husband and teenage son, are active “wish granters” with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana, helping children locally and across the commonwealth. Meredith’s personal and professional lives are centered on community, believing that a life well lived is one in service to others.