Grace Rooney

she/her/hers

Events Manager

As events manager, Grace oversees the production and implementation of the Foundation’s events, coordinating in-person and virtual experiences ranging from meetings to conferences. She is part of the learning and community engagement team but supports efforts across all departments to plan events for grantees, community partners, staff, and board members. Grace brings a wealth of experience to the Foundation, including running her own events consultancy, serving as VP of Events for Foreign Policy magazine, and helping to coordinate and run the 2013 U.S. Presidential Inauguration.

Grace earned her bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Boston University and attended George Washington University’s Event Management Institute. She’s lived in Washington state since 2015 with two prior short-term stays to work on political campaigns in 2006 and 2010 for Darcy Burner and Senator Patty Murray, respectively. Outside of work, Grace volunteers as an ambassador for Westside Baby, a nonprofit that collects and distributes diapers and other baby supplies, and she serves on the Events and Sponsorships Committee for Community Roots Housing. She’s also renovating her 1910 home in Capitol Hill, is an avid figure skating fan, and cheers on the Cincinnati Bengals during football season with her spouse and two children.