Brian Collier serves as Executive Vice President for Foundation For The Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C.—the 6th largest community foundation in the United States. Brian oversees the Foundation’s competitive grants programs, as well as affiliate board relationships in 13 counties throughout North and South Carolina. He also oversees the Foundation’s Robinson Center for Civic Leadership and the development of community initiatives including Veterans Bridge Home (addressing the needs of returning armed forces veterans), the Carolina Thread Trail (500+ mile greenways and trails program), Project LIFT ($55 million initiative to close the educational achievement gap) and Leading on Opportunity (a nationally recognized, multi-year initiative to identify and implement community strategies addressing upward mobility and economic opportunity).
Prior to joining the Foundation, Brian served as VP for Marketing and Development at KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. From 2001-2005, Brian served as the Founding President and Executive Director of Victory Junction, a $30 million facility in Randleman, N.C., for children suffering from chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses. The camp was the result of a unique partnership between the NASCAR, drivers Richard and Kyle Petty, and Paul Newman. From 1995-2001, he served in various executive management roles for Phoenix House, including Deputy Director for New York Operations and President of the Florida region.
Brian began his career as a trial attorney with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell – one of the country’s premier products liability defense firms – in Orlando, Fla. He resides in Charlotte with his wife Heather and daughter McKenzie.
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