Budget Priorities and Policy Impact

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Join fellow FPN members Eileen Coogan from Allegany Franciscan Ministries and Susan Racher from Wallace Coulter Foundation for an engaging discussion on the state of Florida’s budget and the ways in which the philanthropic sector is poised to impact public policy in the Sunshine State, moderated by Holly Bullard from the Florida Policy Institute. Holly will also be providing an overview of Florida’s current budget outlook.
Some of the topics we will discuss are how funders and their partners engage in public policy in a strategic, meaningful way and how Florida’s shifting policy and budget landscape will impact the mission and work of Florida funders and their communities.

It is recommended that you view the recording of the
Economic Opportunity Funder’s briefing from April 8th.

About the Speakers

Eileen Coogan
President & CEO, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Eileen Coogan joined Allegany Franciscan Ministries, a non-profit Catholic organization focused on improving individual and community health, in 2005. At Allegany, Eileen successfully led the board and staff in navigating significant internal and external changes, and was responsible for the launch of major new community-based initiatives. A servant-leader, Eileen has more than 35 years of experience in non-profit management and leadership. She is skilled at engaging board and staff, building powerful relationships, embracing change, designing solutions, and focusing on continuous, mission-driven improvement. Previously, Eileen served as executive VP at United Way of Palm Beach County, Florida; executive director of LynnArts in Lynn Massachusetts; and manager at Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger in Boston. A graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County, Eileen is past-president of the Blue Ridge Institute, board member of the Florida Philanthropic Institute, chair of the Florida Health Funders, and serves on many other board and committees. She earned a BA at Mount Holyoke College, an MSW from Boston College, a Certificate in Franciscan Studies from the University of St. Francis, and a Certificate in Post Crisis Leadership from the USF MUMA School of Business. Eileen lives in Trinity, Florida (Pasco County) with her husband Bernie; she enjoys travel and outdoor activities including stand up paddle boarding and hiking.

Susan Racher is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Wallace Coulter Foundation, which she joined in 1998.   Susan is in charge of the endowment’s investment portfolio, including a portfolio of health care venture capital investments. She also oversees the tax; accounting; and compliance and is part of the grant team. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1998, Susan was a Senior Managing Director of Bank of America’s Florida Group, in charge of the bank’s $4 billion in capital committed to Florida corporations.  Susan was named as “Small Foundation Investment Manager for 2013” by Institutional Investor Magazine.   She has a B.A. from Smith College in English and Economics, and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago in Finance and Accounting.

Holly Bullard, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Florida Policy Institute

Holly spearheads FPI's fundraising, policy advocacy, coalition building, outreach and communications strategies. She also serves as education policy analyst.

Holly previously served as senior director of Financial Stability Initiatives at United Way Suncoast, where she oversaw the planning and implementation of financial stability programs. Prior to that, Holly worked as legislative aide to Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, a senior member on the powerful House Financial Services Committee and Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She served as his lead adviser on financial services and housing issues, with a focus on financial empowerment for low-income Americans. Before her work on Capitol Hill, Holly worked at the U.S. Department of Education and at United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  

Holly has a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University. She is proudly a product of Florida public schools and a daughter of Florida public educators.

This event is open to all staff and board of FPN member organizations.

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