Holly Cole

Director of Grants and Program
What do you do at the GHACF?

In the role as the Director of Grants and Program, I have the opportunity to work within the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Foundation’s comprehensive competitive grants program.

How long have you been with the GHACF?

I am the newest member of the GHACF team and started in the middle of June 2017.

Why do you work at the GHACF?

Growing up in the Tri-Cities was an absolute gift. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to give back to our community and to all those that live, visit, and work here.

Education & Experience

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Public Administration, with a focus on non-profit management, from Grand Valley State University. I’ve had the opportunity to work in a variety of nonprofit settings focused on everything from education, to hunger, to homelessness, but they’ve all had one thing in common – program creation and development.

Do you have a leisure activity or hobby?

As many Michiganders do, I love to spend as much time as possible outside. On rainy, or below wind-chill days, you might find me reading – memoirs are a favorite. My husband, John, and I stay busy with our two pups. We love to fill our time hiking, boating, and lounging at the beach.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

After spending my childhood avoiding the dreaded “timed mile” in gym class, I discovered that I love running! Run clubs, in particular, are my favorite and I’ve enjoyed serving as a Team Leader for those that are in the first few steps of their running journey!