Holly Delany Cole

Director, Flexible Leadership Awards, The Haas Leadership Initiatives, a project of the Tides Center

Holly directs the Fund’s flagship leadership investment program, which helps grantees to build the leadership they need to reach their goals.

Holly directs the Flexible Leadership Awards (FLA), which helps the Fund’s grantees strengthen their leadership so they can get better results for their organizations and movements. The FLA program is an expression of the Fund’s profound respect and support for the nonprofit leaders who are doing the hard work that is vital to advancing rights and opportunities for all people. It is part of the Haas Leadership Initiatives, a fiscally-sponsored project of the Tides Center.

Holly joined the Haas Leadership Initiatives in 2016. She brings more than three decades of experience helping nonprofit organizations become stronger and more effective at advancing social and economic justice. Previously, Holly spent 18 years working at Community Resource Exchange advising and coaching social equity organizations, most recently as the co-director.

Early in her career, Holly worked as a program officer at The New York Community Trust. She currently serves on the boards of The New York Foundation, a steadfast supporter of community organizing and advocacy, and PowerMyLearning, a national organization that strengthens learning relationships among students, teachers and families.

Holly has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Adelphi University and a graduate degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Holly is an employee of the Tides Center, fiscal sponsor of the Haas Leadership Initiatives.

The Fund’s grantees are at the forefront of efforts to make our communities more just and our society more responsive to all. Supporting their leadership is critical, and I am honored to be in a position to help leaders leverage valuable investments in their own leadership and that of their staffs and boards.