In an era of dwindling federal budget dollars, Caroline Cunningham has carved out a successful career in building mutually beneficial public/private partnerships that bring the power of the private sector to bear on worthy nonprofit and public projects. Launching Big Vision in 2017, Cunningham inspires leaders and organizations to create bold plans, necessary structure and talented teams that deliver results. Her passion is to help CEOs and organizations find common ground to improve their bottom line and the community.
Caroline was the Founding President of the Trust for the National Mall, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service (NPS) dedicated to raising funds to improve one of the most iconic landscapes in the world; the National Mall. Caroline built the Trust into a fundraising powerhouse raising more than $190 million in combined private and public funds in seven years.
Prior to joining the Trust for the National Mall, Caroline directed the CEO-driven Potomac Conference, (the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s think tank). Her strategic thinking and skill at relationship-building enabled her to knit cross-sector collaborations of CEOs, non-profit executives and local and state government leaders committed to improving the region’s economic and social well-being.
Caroline served as the Executive Director of the Collis-Warner Foundation, which focuses on programs to prevent child abuse and aid low-income children. She has held numerous political and nonprofit fundraising leadership roles including serving as the National Finance Director of the Democratic Governors’ Association. She built these organizations by bridging politics and personalities thereby delivering financial results.
Caroline graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Theory and International Relations. She currently volunteers the Columbia Foundation board and volunteers with Rock Creek Conservancy.