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Courtney Colimodio

Manager, Contracts and Grants
Location: Redwood City, CA, US
Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Global

Meet Courtney Colimodio, contracts and grants manager at Imaginable Futures. As part of our legal team, Courtney plays a critical role in supporting our investment and grant-making process.

Courtney has over a decade of experience in the legal and administrative fields. Prior to joining Imaginable Futures, Courtney worked as a paralegal for Kavanagh Rhomberg LLP (KRLLP), a law firm specializing in nonprofit law. At KRLLP, Courtney worked with all types of nonprofit organizations – from helping to form the small startup to supporting the well-established charity. Courtney also acted as an outside grants manager for a philanthropic investment firm and its subsidiaries. Before KRLLP, Courtney worked as a family law paralegal.

Q+A

What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

Don’t take anything personally, and lead with empathy.


What is your biggest failure or learning in your professional career?

The biggest learning is that asking for help or admitting that you don’t know something is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Why do you love coming to work?

I love knowing that I am a small part of the incredible work that Imaginable Futures and its partners are doing around the world. Helping to support learners of all ages from all backgrounds is such a gift!


What current Imaginable Futures endeavors most excite you?

My mom went back to college when I was a kid, and I saw first-hand how challenging it is to juggle it all. Therefore, our work supporting student parents in their educational goals is something that really lights me up.



If you could be one character from a book, Who would you choose and why?

Nancy Drew. I loved reading the books as a kid, and I admired her strength, her ingenuity, and how she challenged society’s expectations of what girls and women could do.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

As a young child, I desperately wanted to be a singer in a rock band. As I grew older and realized that my ambition exceeded my talent, I decided I wanted to be an attorney.


What’s the closest thing to real magic in this world?

A child’s laughter.


If someone narrated your life, who would you want it to be?

My mom.


Favorite quote:

“Change will not come if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama