Melinda Gilmore, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Melinda Gilmore is the director of strategic initiatives at the Kettering Foundation. She contributes to the research program through institutional research, which aims to draw connections between all of Kettering’s areas of work, as well as through service on workgroups that plan and organize program discussions.

Her research interests include the role of civic organizations in addressing the problems of democracy, particularly humanities-based organizations, libraries, nonprofits, and philanthropy.

Gilmore plays a key role in writing and editing foundation publications and communications, ensuring that they have a consistent voice and reflect the foundation’s most current insights and learning. Since 2012, she has edited Kettering’s flagship periodical, Connections, and became
executive editor in 2019. She is also editor of the foundation’s electronic newsletter, News & Notes, and regularly contributes to the foundation’s website. Gilmore is the coeditor of Democracy and Civic Life: What Is the Long Game for Philanthropy? (2020), an essay series produced in collaboration with the Knight Foundation.

In 2017, Gilmore was selected to participate in the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways cohort, an intensive, yearlong leadership development program designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector’s senior executives.

Gilmore holds a BA in English from Wright State University and an MA in English from the University of Dayton.