Neely Sims joined Centerstone’s Foundation team in 2017. She is responsible for working with senior directors and directors of advancement to research, identify and apply for grant opportunities. She focuses on developing strategies to increase Centerstone’s philanthropic funding and enjoys the challenge of identifying new opportunities for such a large organization with diverse program offerings.
Before joining Centerstone, Sims served as grants and research manager for a Nashville-based education technology company. She started her career working for Volunteers of America Southeast, writing federal and foundation grants to develop housing for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.
She has a Master of Social Work degree and certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Auburn University. She enjoys gardening and taking walks with her husband, son and dog, Guinness. Neely is based in Nashville.