Rota L. Knott has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership and administration. Rota was previously executive director of the Somerset County Local Management Board in Maryland, where she successfully grew the organization’s annual funding support for nonprofits and community partners that address the needs of children, youths and families. She also served as executive director of the Community Foundation of Harford County, where she grew endowed funding to address both the present and emerging needs of the community.
Rota holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and is certified in Results-Based Accountability and planning for outcomes measurement. She has a demonstrated commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations through involvement as a volunteer, board member and an employee and has a proven record of success through strong leadership and collaboration with boards of directors and community leaders.
She served a member of the board of directors for the Lower Shore Shelter and the Board on Homelessness in Somerset County, Maryland and oversaw programming to address homelessness in diverse populations. Through her work at the Somerset County Local Management Board, Rota developed innovative programs that demonstrated measurable impact on the effects of incarceration in the community, provided support for disconnected youths and addressed childhood hunger.
An award-winning journalist, Rota worked as a reporter editor, and art director for local, regional, and national print and online publications for more than 25 years prior to joining the nonprofit world. She was recognized by the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association for her criminal justice system coverage and the American Planning Association for her attention to land use issues.
Rota holds a Master of Science in Administration of Human Services from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Wilmington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications from Salisbury State University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Grant Writers’ Association, National Organization for Human Services, Tau Upsilon Alpha National Human Services Honor Society and Public Relations Society of America.