Career Pathways

A Talent Pipeline Expansion Program

Career Pathways Alumni

2017-2018 Cohort

Roy Agloinga
Program Officer
Rasmuson Foundation

Paul Bachleitner
Communications Director
Northwest Area Foundation

Elizabeth Cheung
Senior Program Officer
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Chris Crothers
Senior Program Officer
Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Victoria Grasso
Cooper Foundation

Andrea Landes
Vice President of Grants Management
The Commonwealth Fund

Lindsey Linzer
Director of Programs and Grants Administration
The Miami Foundation

Courtney Lopez
Director of Development
Santa Fe Community Foundation

Michelle Lugalia-Hollon
Director, Initiatives and Partnerships
Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

Rosita Najmi
Senior Program Officer
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Vivian Oden
Vice President, Special Projects
Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Lauren Padilla-Valverde
Senior Program Manager
The California Endowment

2017-2018 Career Pathways CohortSteve Pearson
Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship

Sari Raskin
Vice President of Grants and Community Leadership
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

A. Sparks
Executive Director
The Masto Foundation

LaDawn Sullivan
Director of Leadershi8p & Equity
The Denver Foundation

Jidan Terry-Koon
Program Officer
The San Francisco Foundation

Punita Thurman
Program Director
The Skillman Foundation

Mandy Tuong
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
InFaith Community Foundation

Monica Varela
Vice President, Colombia Program

Laura Washington
Director of Communications
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Irene Wong
Director of Local Grantmaking
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Melinda Wright
Program Officer
Walton Family Foundation

2016-2017 Cohort

Maggi Alexander
Partner, Center for Global Philanthropy
The Philanthropic Initiative

Joseph Braun
Executive Director
Fond Du Lac Area Foundation

LaTese Briggs
Senior Director, Programs & Strategy
Milken Institute

David Daniels
Chief Operating Officer
Bainum Family Foundation

Felicia DeHaney
Director, Education and Learning
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Duchesne Drew
Community Network Vice President
The Bush Foundation

Kay Fernandez Smith
Assistant Vice President, Programs
The San Francisco Foundation

Desiree Flores
Director, U.S. Social Justice Program
Arcus Foundation

Brennan Gould
President and CEO
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Leslie Gross Davis
Program Director, Equality Fund, U.S. Programs
Open Society Foundations

Melinda Gilmore
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Charles F. Kettering Foundation

Makeba Morgan Hill
Deputy to the President and Chief Planner
The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

2016-2017 Career Pathways CohortKarin Krslovic
Grants Manager
Ford Foundation

Ling Liu
Director of Communications
The San Francisco Foundation

Karissa Lowe
Knowledge & Data Manager
Meyer Memorial Trust

Meron Makonnen
Director, Legal Services
The ELMA Philanthropies Services US Inc.

Marcus McGrew
Director of Program Operations and Information Management
The Kresge Foundation

David McGhee
Associate Vice President of Organizational Excellence & Impact
The Skillman Foundation

Pooja O'Hanlon
Executive Director
Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation

Jennifer Price-Letscher
Director, Programs and Special Projects
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Prasangi Ranaweera
Senior Portfolio Manager
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Melina Sanchez
Program Officer
The James Irvine Foundation

Rochelle Witharana
Controller/Director of Finance
The California Wellness Foundation

Johngerlyn "Jonse" Young
Director of Philanthropic Services
Grand Rapids Community Foundation

2012-2013 Cohort

2012-2013 Career Pathways CohortElven participants graduated from the 2012-2013 Career Pathways Program. The year-long leadership preparation program closed with the usual closing ceremony at the Council's Annual Conference in Chicago. Council Board Vice Chair Sherry P. Magill, of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, gave the welcome address. Carol Goss of the President of the Skillman Foundation, and Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill were featured speakers.

Lisette Islas Director of Community Organizing Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation was overwhelming chosen by her peers to represent the group at the closing ceremony. She gave a heartfelt speech centered on authenticity and finding your way inspired by her daughter. She thanked her cohort members and Pathways staff for memories made and the network of support they created. 

Brandee Butler
Head of Gender Justice & Human Rights
C&A Foundation

Satonya C. Fair
Director, Grants Management
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Angela K. Frusciante
Knowledge Designs to Change

Lisette O. Islas
Chief Impact Officer
Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC)

Leslie A. Ito
Executive Director
Armory Center for the Arts

Jin-Wook (Jay) Kim
Chief Operating Officer
Foundation for MetroWest

Christopher Nanni
President & CEO
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Dee Dee Nguyen
Director of Philanthropy
Community Partners International

Maggie Gunther Osborn
Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Lita Pardi
Director, Resource Deployment
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Aleesha Towns-Bain
Executive Director
Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

2011-2012 Cohort

2011-2012 CohortTwelve participants graduated from the 2011-12 Career Pathways Program. The year-long leadership preparation program concluded with an inspirational ceremony April 29 at the Council's Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Carol Larson and Kevin Murphy, the Council's board chair and vice chair, and Council Interim President and CEO Jeff Clarke were featured speakers.

In keeping with the tradition of selecting a class member to deliver and address at the closing ceremony, Kenneth M. Jones II, vice president for finance and administration at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, delivered the commencement address to a room full of enthusiastic supporters. Jones creatively illuminated the graduating class’ journey through the lens of reality TV, introducing each of his classmates as contestants who “represent the purpose of [the Career Pathways] program, different ethnicities, backgrounds, beliefs, ages, and genders, working for the common good of philanthropy and ensuring that the word ‘inclusion’ should be in the fabric of every foundation.” Jones also thanked the financial sponsors of the program. “For our nominators and supervisors,” he concluded, “thanks for allowing us the time and space to participate in this program.”

Sara A. Boyd
President & CEO
The Omaha Community Foundation

Angela Brown
Vice President, Policy and Programs

David A. Harris
President & CEO
Urban Strategies Council

Kenneth M. Jones, II
Vice President & CFO
The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Earl Lui
Program Director
The California Wellness Foundation

Barbara H. Whye
Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusions Officer
Intel Foundation

Amita Nagaraja
Strategy and Program Design Consultant

Lee Christian Parker
Vice President, Private Client Associate
US Trust

Sharmila Rao Thakkar
Philanthropy & Nonprofit Consultant
SRT Advising & Consulting LLC

Darrell L. Tucci
Chief Development Officer
Desert AIDS Project

Belen Vargas
Vice President, Programs
Weingart Foundation

Alandra L. Washington
Vice President of Quality & Organizational Effectiveness
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

2010-2011 Cohort

2010-2011 CohortThe 2010-11 Career Pathways Program successfully concluded with an inspirational ceremony at the Council's Annual Conference on April 10 in Philadelphia. Fifteen participants graduated from the year-long leadership preparation program for mid-career professionals. Carol Larson, the Council's board chair and Steve Gunderson, president and CEO were featured speakers.

Latonya Slack, senior program officer of the James Irvine Foundation, was chosen by the members of the graduating class to deliver a commencement address. She recounted the rigor of the program, leadership opportunities, and camaraderie among her program peers. “We learned that embracing diversity and hosting and holding difficult conversations also means that we share our tears and joy, our challenges as well as our accomplishments,” she said. “We can celebrate and support each other and, when necessary, challenge each other to stay on task. The connections we have made professionally are key to a long and healthy career. But it's the personal connections that have made us friends, confidants, and valued colleagues.”

Slack thanked to her sponsoring CEO, Jim Canales of the James Irvine Foundation, and her supervisor, Amy Dominguez-Arms, for their recognition and support of diversity in leadership. She also praised the Council's staff and the Career Pathways team for developing, creating, and nurturing the program.

Tonya Allen
Chief Executive Officer
The Skillman Foundation

Fatima Angeles
Vice President of Programs
The California Wellness Foundation

Dale Robinson Anglin
Director, Youth and Social Services
The Cleveland Foundation

E. Thomas Brewer
Director of Finance and Administration
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Craig Drinkard
Associate Director for Operations
Victoria Foundation

Jeffrey Malloy
Chief Operating Officer
The Heising-Simons Foundation

Jason McGill
Co-Executive Director
Arcus Foundation

Caroline J. Merenda
Director of Operations and Program Services

Debra Joy Pérez
Senior Vice President for Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity
Simmons University

Praveen Prasad
Financial Officer
The World Bank

Valerie Raines
Vraines Consulting

Latonya Slack
Principle & Founder
Slack Global Consulting

La June Montgomery Tabron
President and CEO
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Julie Walther
Executive Director
Compass Chicago

Heidi Williamson
Vice President for Programs and Initiatives
Berks County Community Foundation


Career Pathways is made possible thanks to generous funding support from:

Duke EndowmentConrad N. Hilton Foundation LogoThe Kresge Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson FoundationW.K. Kellogg Foundation