Our Staff

Our professional staff members are motivated by our core purpose to increase the value of our region through the power of giving.

Kerry Caranci

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation, Kerry is responsible for Foundation operations and engages with donors and professional advisors to encourage the establishment of funds that ultimately serve communities in Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties. Kerry joined the Community Foundation of the North State in 2006. She serves as the Treasurer on the […]

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Jason Luther

Chief Financial Officer

As our Chief Financial Officer, Jason’s responsibilities include fiscal oversight, budgeting, regulatory compliance, and accounting for the Community Foundation’s $34 million in assets. Jason has worked as a corporate controller and accountant for two other successful non-profit organizations in the Redding area in the fields of healthcare and education. He has over 18 years experience […]

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Andrea Scott

Director of Gift Planning

As our Director of Gift Planning, Andrea assists donors and professional advisors with all aspects of gift planning, including complex and estate gifts. With 24 years of nonprofit development experience, Andrea joined CFNS in August 2022. Her background includes leadership positions at public and private universities, youth-service nonprofits, and community foundations. She is a Certified […]

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Miriam Leal

Miriam Leal

Impact and Operations Officer

As Impact and Operations Officer, Miriam serves as the point person for the Community Foundation’s leadership initiatives including North State Giving Tuesday, On the Table, Relief Funds and other special projects. She also oversees all aspects of office and facility operations, manages our in-house technology accounts, and provides support to the CFO for accounts payable. […]

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Megan Conn

Program Officer

As our Program Officer, Megan stewards the grant program process and maintains positive relationships with fundholders and the north state’s nonprofit community. Megan joined the Community Foundation of the North State’s team in Spring 2020 with 15+ years of experience rallying support for local and national nonprofits including Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Best Friends Animal […]

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Jill Tydor

Marketing and Communications Specialist

In her role as our Marketing and Communications Specialist, Jill is responsible for the Community Foundation’s communication strategies, including managing the foundation’s social media channels, publications, and web site. Jill joined the Community Foundation in July 2021 after a 12-year stint in San Francisco working in marketing and event production, producing large-scale events for Bay […]

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Nikki Espinosa

Program Associate

Nikki joined the Community Foundation’s team in 2019. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she received her bachelor’s degree in History. Her prior experience includes working at Shasta College, Shasta Historical Society, and The Women’s Fund. Nikki served on the Board of Directors for the Northern C’s UC Berkeley Alumni Club-Redding Chapter for […]

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Anna Hawley

Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Anna supports the staff, foundation board, and committees. For the last 15+ years, Anna has worked in a myriad of nonprofit settings with experience ranging from environmental education, public program planning, communication, and most recently, as the Administration Assistant for the San Antonio River Foundation. She has a B.S in Psychology from […]

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