The Forbes Funds Team

Fred Brown, President & CEO

Fred Brown was appointed President & CEO of The Forbes Funds on January 8, 2018. Prior to that time Mr. Brown served as the President & CEO of the Homewood Children's Village. Mr. Brown has worked in the non-profit arena and in the public education sector for over 30 years; he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including the roles as an Executive Director, Associate Director, supervisor, social worker, executive coach, consultant, conflict resolution and mediation specialist, coach and mentor roles. Mr. Brown has continued to invest his time, energies, and expertise in assisting a variety of communities and organizations to develop new and innovative programs that seek to empower at-risk populations. In addition to working in the aforementioned areas, Mr. Brown is actively involved in other aspects of professional development including Dean of students, school teacher, adjunct professor, and project manager. A specific focus of Mr. Brown's work includes working with African American males to reduce minority dropout rates in post-secondary environments and briding the divide between minority communities and their knowledge regarding energy reduction planning, carbon foodprint analysis, and environmental justice leadership.

In recent years, Mr. Brown's contributions in the areas of community organizing, youth leadership, and violence prevention have been recognized by various organizations. In 1989, he received his professional certification for teaching. In 1995, he helped to develop the mission statement for Allegheny County Juvenile Court's probation department. That same year, he received a Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh for his outstanding community organizing work and completion of the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC), Core Series Program. In 1996, he successfully completed the Train the Trainers Developing Skills course, a court service trainer's course at the University of Nevada in Reno. He also received the Outstanding Community Organizer of the Year Award from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997, Mr. Brown was one of four individuals responsible for developing the Keep it Real Curriculum for gang intervention and mediation which was a collaborative between Duquesne University, the Pittsburgh Mediation Center, and Allegheny County Juvenile Court. In 1998, he received the Session Volunteer of the year award from Urban Youth Action for providing outstanding presentations and workshops. In 2000, Mr. Brown was one of 13 participants chosen from around the world by the PRASI Institute to conduct indigenous research on conflict mediation and resolution models that were culturally specific. In 2002, Mr. Brown was named a 21st Century Environmental Justice Leader by the Ford Foundation and in 2003 he was trained in the Climate Just Corps. In 2012 Mr. Brown was named to the Federal Environmental Justice Climate Change Roundtable for the 13 Federal departments signing the President's MOU on Climate Change; and represents the State of Pennsylvania on the national Environmental Justice Roundtable; he is currently published in four books.

A frequent public speaker, Mr. Brown has taught courses and delivered presentations at local and statewide conferences and workshops. Mr. Brown has a Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Social Work. He is supported by his wife; Rashaa Brown, and their six children.

Samantha Balbier, Executive Director GPNP

Samantha is a long-time Pittsburgh resident with a demonstrated track record in policy analysis, development, strategic communications, and building collaborations to mobilize policy makers and the public to take action. She is passionate about the nonprofit sector’s role and value in building strong communities. Most recently she served as the Lead Consultant for the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Healthy & Green Initiative, which involved working with the Heinz Endowments and several Pennsylvania state government departments to build a system that emphasizes environmental health in Pennsylvania’s early childhood programs. Prior to this engagement, Samantha was the development director at Carriage House Children’s Center where she successfully implemented an ambitious capital campaign and was a key team member in the organization’s pursuit of a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Samantha also has experience as a nonprofit executive director and has served as a consultant to the Allegheny Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and as a program associate at The Heinz Endowments for Children, Youth and Families.

Samantha has an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in Community Organizing and Public Policy, as well as bachelor degrees from Mercyhurst College in Social Work and Business & Marketing. She is certified by the US Green Building Council Institute as a LEED Green Associate© and as an instructor in this specialty for the PA Quality Assurance System for the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning/PA Key.

Don Goughler, Executive in Residence

Don Goughler recently retired as the President/CEO of Family Services of Western Pa after fifteen years in that position. Prior to that he was employed for twenty-two years by Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services and was the Executive Vice President/CEO for that organization from 1988-99. Goughler received a BA degree from Westminster College and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been an adjunct faculty member for twenty years, teaching graduate courses in social work management. Goughler has served on several nonprofit boards and advisory groups and most recently chaired the national gerontology project, New Age of Aging, from 2006-13 for the Alliance for Children and Families. He also served on the national board of trustees for Ways to Work, Inc from 2006-13. Goughler has published articles on social services management in several juried journals and also served on the editorial board of the national social work journal, Families in Society. Among his honors and recognitions he received an Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in 1988, and lifetime achievement awards from CLASS, in 2012, and Mental Health America, Westmoreland chapter, in 2014.

Elizabeth Heft, Director of Management Assistance

Elizabeth is Manager of The Forbes Funds' Capacity Building programs. She manages grantmaking, cohorts, technical assistance, organizational assesment tools, and other projects. She loves being able to work with nonprofits to improve their operational capacity and see first hand the amazing work of organizations in the Pittsburgh region. She has a Master of Social Work and a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and also holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies & Spanish from Malone University. Originally from Newark, Delaware, Elizabeth focused her studies on nonprofit management, and has experience working in Latin America.


Jayme Holloway, Office Administrator

Jayme has over 10 years of experience as an administrative professional in nonprofit environments and is on the Board of Directors of her local civic organization.  She attended Bradford School for her secretarial certificate; is certified as an Administrative Professional specializing in Organizational Management and has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals since 2005.