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Celeste Arista Glover is a senior community philanthropy officer, focused on helping connect North Texas nonprofits with opportunities for funding, capacity-building and collaboration.

She works closely with organizations that address homelessness, racial equity, access to greenspace and environmental conservation. She also manages CFT’s annual Community Grants processes and the Dallas Morning News Charities grants.


Prior to joining CFT in 2017, Celeste was a senior program associate at the Meadows Foundation. After attending Dallas College, she received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in community development and planning from Clark University. After graduation, Celeste served as a Peace Corps volunteer and classroom teacher.

Community Leadership / Board Service

Celeste serves on the Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation board and is a member of the Dallas Area Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.

Additionally, Celeste serves on the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) board and is an alumni council member of the Student Conservation Association.

Celeste is also part of D CEO's Emerging Women Leadership Network. 

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"Listening and learning from incredibly thoughtful coworkers and nonprofit partners."

Favorite Quote

"The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self."

— Mr. Rogers