The Forbes Funds team

Fred Brown, CEO

Fred Brown is a thought-leader in innovation, capacity-building, and sustainable social development. He serves as the President & CEO of The Forbes Funds. Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village, a place-based approach to children’s development through whole family support. He has received global awards and appointments for his innovative work including recognition by the Club Of Rome, and the Environmental Justice Leader award by the Ford Foundation. A frequent public speaker, Fred has taught courses and delivered presentations at local and statewide conferences and workshops. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

President & CEO

Kellie of The Fobes Funds leading The Commons

Hi, I’m Kellie and I am a community-minded legal professional with extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as well as government agencies. I maintain a strong commitment to racial and social justice, and actively apply these priorities in my professional work, including in my role as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh NAACP. At The Forbes Funds, I take part in day to day organizational and program administration, strategic planning efforts, and community-facing projects such as The Commons and the international Anti-Racism Cohorts (ARC).

Kellie Ware-Seabron
Director, Community Partnerships and Sustainability

Dr. Hannah Karolak

Dr. Hannah consults nonprofit leaders to strengthen their strategic communication efforts and provides strategies and assistance to increase overall team capacity. Dr. Hannah leads the learning & education department at The Forbes Funds, which includes The Forbes Funds University, Executive-in-Residence coaching program, nonprofit learning cohorts, and The Forbes Funds research & publications programs. Hannah’s vision for the EIR program is to support your professional development while also collectively maximizing impact in an iterative, inclusive, and thoughtful peer-based manner.

Dr. Hannah Karolak
Director, Executive in Residence (Learning & Education Programming)

Emma Yourd

Hi, I’m Emma Yourd (she/her pronouns) and I’ve spent my career working with local stakeholders, policymakers, academics, and nonprofit leaders on community-driven solutions on an international basis. Recently, I shifted into a career of local public service and leadership, applying my experience here in my hometown of Pittsburgh. At The Forbes Funds, I apply my skills with federal contractors and grantees through the Management Assistant Grants program, which builds capacity of human service and community-based nonprofits. I earned an MPA in Urban Affairs and Planning at the University of Pittsburgh and previously obtained a BA in Economics from Smith College.

Emma Yourd 
Grants Project Manager

Olivia Benson

Hi, I’m Olivia Benson (she/her pronouns) and I am the Chief Operating Officer of The Forbes Funds and Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. A proud nerd, I have a BS in Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Point Park University, and an MS in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In my roles, I am responsible for managing C3 work and Human Centered Design Work, including organizational development, coalition building, project management, public and community relations, and policy analysis among other things.

Olivia Benson 
Chief Operating Officer

Temeca Simpsom

Hi, I’m Temeca and I am the Director of Management Assistance at The Forbes Funds. I have a BA from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in Organizational Studies, an MS from Pace University in Education, and an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. My professional background includes teaching, financial and strategic consulting, and managing corporate philanthropic education portfolios. My experience with program management lends itself well to my duties as Director, where I lead strategic cross-sector partnership and execute community-based initiatives via initiatives like Management Assistant Grants (MAGs).

Temeca Simpson 
Director of Grantmaking

Hannah Locop, GPNP

My name is Hannah Locop (pronouns I prefer are she, her and hers). I come to The Forbes Funds and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) by way of South Florida, and I have been supporting our network and broader nonprofit sector in southwestern PA since 2018. What motivates me to engage in the challenging work of shaping our sector is the strength and resilience of our community members. Nonprofits uplift and elevate communities every day through service, advocacy, and outreach.

Hannah Locop 
GPNP Program Manager

GPNP Capacity Associate

Hi all! My name is Bri and I am currently serving in AmeriCorps as an Executive Public Ally for the next 10 months. Last year I was working as an outreach coordinator and advocate for children with childhood apraxia of speech in the special needs community at Apraxia Kids. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity to work with The Forbes Funds and the GPNP to connect the nonprofit community with vital resources as well as work collaboratively across the sector!

Brianna Stalder 
GPNP Capacity Associate

Mary Jo Wise

Hi, I’m Mary Jo and I serve as a special assistant to CEO Fred Brown of The Forbes Funds. Additionally, I act as a Community Liaison, utilizing my background with communications, marketing, and business development to support operations and facilitate meaningful connections.

Mary Jo Wise 
Special Assistant & Community Liason

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