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Career Pathways 2022 Cohort Selected to Represent the Future of Philanthropic Leadership

Career Pathways Program Recruits Diverse Leadership Cohorts, Invests in Future of Philanthropy

WASHINGTON, DC - The Council on Foundations today announced the selection of 51 philanthropy professionals for participation in Career Pathways, a leadership development program designed to diversify the talent pipeline for executive-level roles in Philanthropy. In this highly selective program, mid- to senior-level professionals from diverse backgrounds enhance their leadership skills, expand their networks, and build their field-level expertise to advance equity and strengthen the philanthropic sector’s impact. The members of the spring and fall classes will represent the tenth and eleventh cohorts in the program’s history.

Eight of this year’s Career Pathways participants will receive partial to full scholarships as part of the Waldman Scholarship, a fund set up in memory of the late David Waldman, who served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. David Waldman, a passionate champion of human rights, equity, and amplifying underrepresented voices, was a significant supporter of the Career Pathways program.

In addition to the core functions of the program, this year’s cohort will gain skills to lead in a remote environment, authentically connect to their leadership vision and values, and uncover solutions to advance equity in the sector. Upon completing the program, participants will join the dynamic network of Career Pathways alumni leaders making strides in philanthropy. A full 80% of Career Pathways participants report receiving a promotion within 1-5 years of completing the program; others have gone on to serve on philanthropy advisory committees and the Council’s own board.

“I am full of hope and excitement to see the impact of our 2022 Career Pathways cohort on their organizations and the field of philanthropy at large,” said Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “I believe the contributions made by these changemakers will be significant to our sector and applaud each of the new participants for their choice to step forward in service of trust-building and equity.”

The Career Pathways program is generously supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Walmart Foundation.


Spring Cohort

  • Marvin D. Carr, Director, Center for Racial Equity, Walmart
  • Karem D. Coronel, Director, Strategy, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
  • Tammi Fleming, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Jessica Galeria, Director, Partnerships for Research & Innovation, International Rescue Committee
  • Rachel Goodspeed, Foundation Relations Manager, CareSource Foundation
  • Elisabeth Hyleck, Director of Learning & Partnerships, Maryland Philanthropy Network
  • Constanza Lafuente, Program Analyst, Carnegie Corporation
  • Brenton Lee, Former Senior Community Engagement Program Manager, Kaiser Permanente
  • Yasmine Legendre, Program Associate, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
  • May Leong, Senior Institutional Giving Officer, East Bay Community Foundation
  • Kadar Lewis, Program Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Tanvi Monga, Program Officer, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Juaquin Moya, Vice President of Philanthropic Advising, Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Vaughn Murria, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, United Hospital Fund of New York
  • Kathleen Nolte, Program Director, Lyndhurst Foundation
  • Todd C. Pittman, Director, Member Experience & Communications, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
  • Katherine A. Porras, Investment Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Sara Reeves, Director of Mission Advancement Operations, United Way for Greater Austin
  • Cecilia Rivas-Gonzalez, Grants Manager, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation
  • Vanessa Samuelson, Director of Learning and Reporting, McGregor Fund
  • Mona Shah, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Rachel Smith, Program Coordinator, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
  • Megan Tate, Director of Community Grants, Winnipeg Foundation
  • Peter Whitt, Senior Program Officer, St. Luke's Foundation

Fall Cohort

  • Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
  • Brianna R. Alexander, MPA, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Ally Charitable Foundation
  • Megan Briggs, Director of Community Investments, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
  • Charmaine Brown, Senior Scholarship Officer, The Denver Foundation
  • Janine Reyes Christiano, Strategic Funding and Initiatives Manager, Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts & Culture
  • Rhonda G. Cox, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
  • Shawn Donnelly, Strategic Learning Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Niva Flor, Chief Impact & Strategy Officer, Sacramento Region Community Foundation
  • Natalie Grandison, Director, Engineering Initiatives, A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
  • Sarah Guidi, Senior Program Officer, Arts and Sustainable Communities, Triangle Community Foundation
  • Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Director of Learning and Partnerships, Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Brenda Henry, VP, Programs, Bainum Family Foundation
  • Dr. Samaad Wes Keys, Program Officer, US Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ellen Liu, Vice President of Grantmaking and Capacity Building, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Janice Lombardo, Program Officer, The Brinson Foundation
  • Galen Maness, COO, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Christian Mucha, Senior Associate, Pension Boards - United Church of Christ
  • Meg Gehlen Nodzon, Program Lead, GHR Foundation
  • Amarilis Pullen, Program Officer, Perrin Family Foundation
  • Marcia Quinones, Program Director, Marin Community Foundation
  • Scott Robinson II, Digital Communications Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Maurice C. Samuels, Managing Director of Evaluation and Learning, Sierra Health Foundation
  • Adam Sanders, Director of Grants Management, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
  • Jumee Song, Chief Operating Officer, Siegel Family Endowment
  • Chetna Tandon, Manager, Talent, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Katherine Wheatle, Director, Justice and Equity Grantmaking, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation


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