published on December 13, 2016 - 3:35 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has named some of her management staff as she transitions into her new role as president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation next month.


Joining her at the Central Valley Community Foundation include:

Elliott Balch as chief operating officer (previously downtown revitalization manager at the City of Fresno); Danielle Bergstrom as policy director (currently senior policy advisor at the City of Fresno); Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez as director of donor services (currently economic development coordinator at the City of Fresno); Gretchen Moore as director of community engagement (currently executive director of the Downtown Fresno Foundation); and Miguel Ramirez as community engagement manager (currently communications coordinator at the City of Fresno).

The group will join an existing team consisting of David Johnson, in charge of special projects (currently interim CEO); Kerri Horn as chief financial officer; Kelvin Alfaro as senior program officer, Travis Jeffus as staff accountant and Annie Johnson as foundation support specialist.

“I have seen the work of our new team up close and know that these are some of the brightest, hardest-working professionals in the Valley. They will join an existing group of professionals at the Foundation who are committed to excellence,” Swearengin said in a statement.

“I am thrilled by the level of new talent Ashley Swearengin has recruited to complement the exceptional work of our existing staff,” said Dr. Alan Pierrot, chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors, in a statement. “Our board unanimously supports investment in the Foundation growth strategy because of the substantial expansion of resources it can provide the region.”

The Foundation is also seeking an executive assistant to begin work soon. For more information, please visit

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