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

Olivia Benson

Olivia Benson (she/her pronouns) is the Chief Operating Officer of The Forbes Funds and Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership. A proud nerd, she has 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 her roles, she is 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

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

Emma Yourd (she/her pronouns) has spent her career working with local stakeholders, policymakers, academics, and nonprofit leaders on community-driven solutions on an international basis. Not long ago, she shifted into a career of local public service and leadership, applying my experience here in my hometown of Pittsburgh. At The Forbes Funds, she applies her skills with federal contractors and grantees through the Management Assistant Grants program, which builds capacity of human service and community-based nonprofits. She 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 
Senior Grants Manager

Emily Francis headshot

Emily works through GPNP to create spaces for funders, policymakers, and non-profits to connect and develop supportive networks that empower individuals across the SW PA region. She is passionate about utilizing a collective impact framework to address complex issues and develop equitable, sustainable, and data-driven solutions that are based in human realities. Emily earned her BA of Intelligence Studies and BA of Public Health degrees at Mercyhurst University and an MID degree from the University of Pittsburgh-GSPIA.

Emily Francis
Program Manager, Greater Pittsburgh nonprofit Partnership (GPNP)

Mary Jo Wise

Mary Jo serves as a special assistant to CEO Fred Brown of The Forbes Funds. She acts as a Community Liaison, utilizing her extensive background with communications, marketing, and business development to support operations and facilitate meaningful connections.

Mary Jo Wise 
Special Assistant & Community Liason

GPNP Capacity Associate

Bri previous served in the AmeriCorps Executive Public Ally for 10 months at The Forbes Funds prior to being brought on as a Sustainability & Social Impact Coordinator. Prior to that, she was working as an outreach coordinator and advocate for children with childhood apraxia of speech in the special needs community at Apraxia Kids. She is very working 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 
Sustainability & Social Impact Coordinator

Maria Paula Quintero Headshot with Pittsburgh buildings in the background

Maria Paula Quintero Arteta is a graduate student at Duquesne University where she is pursuing a masters in business administration and a masters in communications. At the Forbes Funds she supports management, marketing and communications efforts for the ACCEL program. She was born in Cartagena, Colombia, but has called Pittsburgh home for the past four years. Maria Paula is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has previously worked at The Pittsburgh Foundation as a communications intern and at Global Wordsmiths as a Spanish Intern. She hopes to keep serving and giving back to the community that has welcomed her!

Maria Paula Quintero Arteta
Program Capacity Fellow

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