Rhea Pliakas, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations

B.A., Barnard College; M.A., New York University, History

As Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, Rhea researches grant opportunities — available through private/corporate foundations and local, state, and national government agencies — that align with Groundwork’s programs. She writes engaging and cogent proposals and has significantly grown GWHV’s funding base.

Before joining Groundwork, Rhea worked for three years as a fundraiser in the Annual Fund at Barnard College. Prior to that, she served for 9 years as Director of the Columbia University Archives, where she developed the University’s first Archives and wrote several successful grants.