Celeste Arista Glover is a 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 several grant processes including CFT’s annual Letter of Inquiry, the Dallas Morning News Charities grants, Reading Resource Fund grants and CFT’s grantmaking through North Texas Cares, providing emergency funding in response to COVID-19.
Celeste has been a leader and facilitator for CFT’s Emerging Leaders Program, which works with young professionals to develop their approach to philanthropy and more fully engage with the community.
Prior to joining CFT in 2017, Celeste was a senior program associate at the Meadows Foundation. She holds 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 ServiceCeleste serves on the Dallas Truth Racial Healing and Transformation board and is a member of the Dallas Area Partnership to End and Reduce Homelessness. Additionally, Celeste serves on the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) board and is an alumni council member of the Student Conservation Association.
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"Listening and learning from incredibly thoughtful coworkers and nonprofit partners."
"The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self."
— Mr. Rogers