Our Staff

Joanne Kelley

Executive Director

Joanne leads the organization in its efforts to provide education and advocacy for Colorado’s philanthropic sector. Before transitioning to her role at CAF, Joanne spent much of her career in journalism with news agencies, magazines and daily newspapers in Denver, Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago, working to inform the public about a wide range of subjects including Wall Street, Congress, high technology and the social profit sector. Joanne brings other experience to CAF including several years working for a management consultancy on the Innovation team that planned and hosted CEO summits and educational seminars for diverse groups of executives.

Joanne serves on the board of the Washington-based Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the national network of philanthropy-serving organizations, and previously served on the board of Colorado Society of Association Executives. She also serves as a Trustee of Wells College in upstate New York and is on the board of Food and Environment Reporting Network, an independent, non-partisan investigative news organization. She received a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and graduated from Wells College with a B.A. in Spanish and History. She completed a nonprofit journalism fellowship sponsored by the Knight Foundation at the University of Mississippi and took part in El Pomar Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program in 2012.

Mari Tanabe

Program & Membership Manager

Mari manages Colorado Association of Funders’ education and training programs, workshops, peer groups, and forums while providing support for the 70+ member organizations. Mari joins CAF from El Pomar Foundation, where she served as a Program Associate directing several of the Foundation’s community stewardship programs. Highlights of her work at El Pomar include directing the Empty Stocking Fund, which raised over $1 million for health and human services agencies in the Pikes Peak Region, supporting the San Luis Valley Regional Council’s grantmaking initiatives, hosting international visitors, and working with the communications team.

Prior to her work at El Pomar Foundation, Mari coordinated development activities at Intercambio, a nonprofit in Boulder, and taught English as a second language in Taichung, Taiwan through the Fulbright Taiwan program. Mari holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University.