Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Mike Peckham and Janay Richmond will be joining us for our Keynote Panel Presentation on Thursday, November 8th during the Opening Session that begins at 8:15 am. GPA CEO, Mike Chamberlain will serve as the moderator for our discussion about the future of grants.

Michael Peckham is the ReInvent Grants Management Lead under the newly established ReImagine HHS initiative. He brings over 30 years’ experience in federal accounting, program management, systems implementation, and grants management to lead HHS in meeting its ReImagine goals of modernizing HHS Grants Management. Mike recently led the HHS DATA Act Program Management Office in successfully meeting the implementation goals as well as leading the grants portion of the Section 5 Pilot under the statute.  With a hands-on working knowledge of process improvement, he has managed: policy/statute interpretation and operational execution, systems modernization projects; expanded the use of electronic workflows; reporting functionality improvements; enhanced user interfaces; website updates, intergovernmental coordination on policy establishment, and extensive external outreach and engagement efforts.

Janay Richmond comes to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) by way of the Midwest. A product of the Chicago Southland, she holds a BS from Bradley University and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Xavier University with a Master of Business Administration. She began her professional career as a small business owner and it was through that company’s community outreach program that her eyes were opened to the various issues that plagued the neighborhoods right in her own backyard. Janay used her graduate studies to delve deeper into the social and economic impact of business practices, as well as leading and managing change. Prior to joining NCRP, Janay coordinated field efforts for one of the top congressional races in the country and for local progressive candidates and organizations. As NCRP’s Manager of NP Membership and Engagement, Janay has continued her quest of creating systemic change while working with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations across the country. She authored “Why We Must Divest from Mass Incarceration,” which was published in NCRP’s journal Responsive Philanthropy.

Kari Aanestad is the Director of Advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), one of the largest state associations of nonprofits in the nation with over 2,200 members. In this role, Kari advances the mission and work of MCN and Minnesota’s nonprofit sector through strategic visioning, fundraising, relationship development, sector research, and education. As a member of MCN’s leadership team, Kari provides strategic direction and input on the organization’s trajectory, evolution, opportunities, and partnerships. As a nonprofit fundraising professional with nearly a decade of experience, Kari provides leadership to, a strategic initiative launched in partnership between MCN, California Association of Nonprofits, and Great Nonprofits. GrantAdvisor is a crowdsourced website led by nonprofits that’s like a “Wikipedia” of philanthropy. Grantseekers write reviews of foundations, helping their colleagues and giving honest feedback to strengthen philanthropy. Kari also supports the development of other fundraising professionals throughout Minnesota through in-person and online trainings on program evaluation, building a culture of philanthropy, and grantwriting at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. She serves as the editor of MCN’s major fundraising resources such as the Minnesota Grants Directory, an annual publication featuring over 100 of the top Minnesota foundations, and the Minnesota Grants Alert, a bi-weekly newsletter with an audience of 3,600 nonprofit professionals.