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Annette Cousins

Vice President, Community Engagement
Community Engagement


What Annette does at the Foundation:

Focus Area: Economic Prosperity (affordable housing & homelessness)

Annette approaches all that she does with a passion to serve others and create positive change. In her role as Vice President of Community Engagement, Annette oversees the Foundation’s team of program officers and serves as the primary point of contact for nonprofits pursuing grant investments. She also provides staff support for the grantmaking processes of our support organizations, committee advised funds and numerous donors. Annette’s expertise in affordable housing and homelessness informs the Foundation’s work in our Economic Prosperity focus area. 

Annette most enjoys helping nonprofits connect with the resources they need to further their missions and make meaningful change in their communities.

Before joining the Community Foundation, Annette provided organizational and board development support for nonprofits through the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence. She also served as the Co-Executive Director of the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), a nonprofit community center in Richmond’s East End. 

When Annette's not working:

She currently serves as chair of NextUp’s advisory board and vice chair of the Greater Richmond Continuum of Care board. She also serves on the boards of the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation and Communities in Schools of Richmond. Annette’s previous board service includes the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and NRC. She enjoys gardening and camping with her family and is active in movements for social justice in our community.

  • Year Annette joined the Foundation: 2013
  • Has traveled to 17 countries
  • Is the go-to person in the office for capturing a bug and safely relocating it outside
  • She and her husband Charlie have two daughters, Olivia & Maggie, and a son, Wyatt