Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary

Nicole Howe Buggs

As the chief administrative officer (CAO) and corporate secretary, Nicole Howe Buggs supports the mission, objectives, and priorities of the Corporation by leading and managing Information Technology, Grants Management, Office Services, and trustee relations. In her role, she uses proven change management approaches to present strategic process improvements for both departments: she has introduced innovative new tools, procedures and multi-year strategic plans. She is also responsible for coaching and developing new and existing staff members at varying stages of development by implementing performance management standards, and creating professional development plans. In her grants management role, she manages the grants management team as well as the grantmaking operations and compliance for more than $120 million in grants annually. Additionally, she oversees multi-year strategic plans and the IT team. She is also responsible for assisting the corporate secretary with governance and recordkeeping for the board of directors.

Prior to joining the Corporation, Ms. Howe Buggs worked at the Public Welfare Foundation, where she served as director of grants management and administration. She streamlined the foundation’s proposal review process, implemented their online application system, and managed the grant portfolio. She has also worked at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, MicroEdge, and the Council on Foundations.

Ms. Howe Buggs has implemented and maintained grantmaking procedures and systems for international and domestic grantmaking programs, presented grantmaking sessions at national and regional conferences and meetings, managed an employee-directed giving program, and served on grant review and employee volunteer committees.

At the Grants Managers Network (GMN), Ms. Howe Buggs has served on the board of directors, the executive search committee for GMN’s first Executive Director, and as chair of GMN’s regional chapters in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. She received her BA and MA from The George Washington University.