Kara Pierce

Grants Network Manager
  (202) 296-2741

Kara Pierce joined McAllister & Quinn as the Grants Network Manager in January 2022. In her role, Kara provides training, recruitment, and support to our network of more than 250 grant consultants.

Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Kara served as a Private Donor Services Officer at CAF America, an international intermediary grantmaking organization. She managed individual, corporate, and private foundation client grant programs. She successfully led a team to complete hundreds of expenditure responsibility reviews and facilitated millions in tax-effective gifts to charities worldwide. In addition to supporting her donor clients, Kara served as the organization’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion working group co-lead to provide internal process recommendations and further engage staff in external DEI initiatives. Kara graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Chinese Studies. As a Mandarin speaker, she spent a semester in Shanghai studying Chinese governance, interning/volunteering with a nonprofit to provide English language education to disenfranchised primary school students, and researching the inequalities of China’s internal migrant workers.


  • Private Donor Services Officer, CAF America
  • Intern, International Women’s Forum
  • Chief Communications Intern, Stepping Stones China


  • Project Management
  • Nonprofits
  • International Development
  • Communications
  • Foundation Grants



  • B.A., University of South Carolina