We currently have three staff members at the Community Foundation.
George P. Ferrari, Jr.
George has served as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County since August 2005.
George has been a committed and active participant in the Tompkins County community since 1980 with a special focus on nonprofit organizations that combine alleviating individual suffering and injustice with working for societal change. Previously he served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties and worked with families in crisis as Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service’s Crisis Line Manger. George was the founding Executive Director of AIDS WORK of Tompkins County. He has also served in positions with Head Start, a federal family development anti-poverty program as well as in residence life at Cornell University.
George is a past board president of the Grantmakers Forum of NYS, an association of foundations from across upstate New York. George has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 2005 and currently facilitates the Tompkins County Human Service Coalition’s monthly Forum meetings. He is a member of the Ithaca Rotary club.
George has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.
George enjoys camping, working out, opera and many varieties of chocolate. He lives in the City of Ithaca with his partner Daniel Hirtler, an architect and founder of the firm Flatfield Designs.
Janet joined the Community Foundation in 2007. Janet has a bachelor’s degree in social work from RIT and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She came to Ithaca in 1997 to work as the Assistant Director of Finance at the Franziska Racker Centers. Janet has been active in advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities, low-income families, as well as in community building. She is currently enjoying teaching “Proposal Development and Grants Management” at Binghamton University in the College of Community and Public Affairs. She is excited to build on the philanthropic vision of the Community Foundation and to play an active role in supporting local nonprofits and this community.
Her husband, Tony Cotraccia, is a psychotherapist in private practice. They enjoy raising their two daughters in this thriving community.
Donor Relations Officer
Amy joined the Community Foundation in February 2010. Amy was recently self-employed, managing a wholesale business. Prior to that, as a financial consultant at M&T Bank Investment Group, Amy developed many connections throughout Tompkins County. After graduating from Cornell University, Amy chose to stay in the Ithaca area, raising five sons; with one in grad school in Vancouver, one gainfully employed, one a student at Ithaca College, and two boys in the Dryden school system. And she has participated as a proud parent rooting for many Dryden sports teams over the years. Amy is excited to be a part of the Community Foundation and looks forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead.