Michelle Greanias, Executive Director
Michelle joined the Grants Managers Network (GMN) as its first Executive Director in 2008. She is a longstanding member of GMN, serving on the first national board of the organization in 1996. Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development, increasing capital available to nonprofits; and managed employee giving programs for more than 5,000 employees. Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the American University.
Monique Bannerman, Operations Coordinator
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Monique Bannerman is operations coordinator for GMN and focuses on developing and structuring the operations sector of the organization. She supports membership, fundraising, and regional chapters activities. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Monique worked in investment banking. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College with a concentration in Business Management.
Nikki Powell, Communications Manager
Nikki Powell is GMN’s chief communications officer and focuses on developing and managing strategies to promote GMN’s services, events, and programs. She is responsible for writing and producing GMN’s website and publications and developing outreach campaigns to raise awareness of GMN’s members and expertise. Her experience includes implementing communications strategies for nonprofits of many sizes and in many sectors, including membership associations, advocacy organizations, and leading research think tanks.
Nikki has a bachelor’s degree from Converse College (Spartanburg, S.C.) with a double major in English and politics and a minor in women’s studies.
Elizabeth Reed, Education Director
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Elizabeth Reed is a seasoned education professional with expertise in the planning and implementation of online and in-person training programs. She is responsible for all education programs and content for GMN conferences, workshops and online resources.
She has over 20 years of experience in higher learning and not-for-profit association management. She brings experience in strategic learning design, technology development, association governance and membership recruitment and retention. Liz earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bay Path College and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.
Miriam Williams, MBA, Manager, Membership and Chapter Services
Miriam is serving as GMN’s Manager, Membership and Chapter Services. Miriam is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase membership, expand involvement
in GMN’s programs and resources, maximize chapter operations and governance, and build a network of highly trained regional and national volunteers.
She has over 25 years of association/non-profit experience in directing and managing membership and marketing programs to achieve strategic results at all organizational levels. She specializes in initiatives in the areas of chapter management efficiency, member growth and retention, and volunteer development and training.
Miriam earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree with high distinctive honors (Summa Cum Laude) from Liberty University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration (Sigma Beta Delta).
Catherine Downs is a senior consultant with The Crescent Group, a New Orleans-based firm that focuses on nonprofit governance and association management. Since 2000, Catherine has served as the lead consultant providing staffing for GMN and now supports the GMN conference, Project Streamline, and various other GMN projects and programs. Prior to her work as a consultant for nonprofits, Catherine was an associate at the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook in Chicago, IL where she practiced corporate law. Catherine is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane Law School. She is a member of the bar in Illinois and Louisiana.