Meridith Dillon, Executive Director
Meridith has a passion for place-making and works to promote community development through public policy, advocacy, and community engagement. Prior to leading Front Porch Investments, Meridith served as a Program Associate in Community Development Initiatives at The Sherwood Foundation, focusing on affordable housing, transit, and neighborhood development. She has worked towards addressing equitable access to opportunity and completed the first Regional Assessment of Fair Housing for the Omaha-Council Bluffs municipal area, as well as helped implement the Housing Affordability assessment released in Spring of 2021 for the Greater Omaha Metro Area.
Tess Houser, Awards Administrator
Tess is passionate about community progress and believes in the power of authentic relationships and resource sharing to bring about lasting change. Committed to the advocacy of access, equity, and community voice, Tess seeks to be a resource to others, connecting them with opportunities to advance their missions and celebrate their work. Tess has expansive experience in the nonprofit and arts sectors, including roles at the Omaha Community Foundation and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Tess holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History from UNO, is a graduate of the Rising Leaders Institute, and volunteers as a Mini Grant reviewer for the Nebraska Arts Council.
Maxwell Morgan, Community Initiatives and Outreach Manager
Maxwell Morgan is passionate about community advocacy through civic engagement, public policy and community-based education. Previously, Maxwell served as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Siena Francis and was responsible for building and sustaining relationships with businesses, economic development agencies, community centers, and other organizations serving the greater Omaha community. As Vice Chair of the 2022 Omaha City Charter Convention, Maxwell led efforts to include requirements for affordable housing development as key elements of the City Master Plan which voters overwhelmingly approved.
Eva Roberts, Director of Policy & Strategy
Eva Roberts is passionate about creating opportunities for children and communities to thrive. She is committed to upstream systems change and partnerships to achieve lasting impact. She has broad experience in government and the social sector, and recently completed an MBA with a focus on strategy, partnership, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Front Porch Investments, Eva worked at the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, in several child-serving nonprofits in Phoenix, and in the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), is a graduate of Leadership Omaha, and a member of the Leadership Omaha Curriculum Committee.
The Front Porch Investments team is supported and bolstered by our Board of Directors, a Community Advisory Committee, the Omaha Community Foundation, and a support team of external partners.
Board of Directors:
Susan Buffett, Sherwood Foundation
Gail Graeve, Mutual of Omaha Foundation
Todd Heistand, NuStyle Development Corporation
Donna Kush, Omaha Community Foundation
Collette Lozier, Lozier Foundation
Kerri Sanchez, Sherwood Foundation
Keith Station, City of Omaha - Mayor's Office
Front Porch Investments is an affiliated supporting organization to The Omaha Community Foundation, working to help further their mission, to maximize the power of philanthropy to strengthen our community.
The Omaha Community Foundation vision is a connected community of passionate philanthropists, strong nonprofits, and thriving residents. From the OCF website:
“We work to make this vision a reality every day through intentional planning, building strategic partnerships, facilitating meaningful dialogue with all our partners and fundholders, and ensuring we have a lot of fun along the way. We’re committed to these efforts because we believe a stronger community is worth it for everyone.”