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The first step to creating a more inclusive and equitable world is ensuring that diverse and authentic points of views are being represented in the philanthropic sector—especially in its leadership. CHANGE Philanthropy is dedicated to assisting foundations with their executive and board-member searches to authentically engage experienced and culturally competent candidates.

As part of our work to expand the pipeline of diverse candidates, we have created a central Job Bank listing open positions across the philanthropy sector. If you’d like to include a job posting in the job bank, please use our form to submit your information.


Core Partners Investing in Leadership

  • ABFE’s Connecting Leaders Fellowship is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees committed to assisting black communities through philanthropy.


  • EPIP launched the Inclusive Leadership Cohort in partnership with Inclusion Ventures in 2015. This program provides a unique opportunity for EPIP chapter leaders to explore issues of race, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion with an intimate group of their peers. EPIP’s national office provides support to all chapters, but the activities of those chapters (planning programs, events, and local networking opportunities) are volunteer-led. Each chapter has a steering committee that provides leadership opportunities to those who join.


  • AAPIP’s 10 vibrant regional chapters provide the on-the-ground work to achieve the goals set by this organization’s commitment to building democratic philanthropy. Chapters design and produce unique programs and events that address the critical needs within the local and regional landscapes. Each chapter is led by volunteer chairs, providing leadership opportunities to its members.


  • NAP considers leadership a critical lever for promoting positive change in Native communities, and the most powerful and sustainable change often comes from community leaders. The Circle of Leadership Academy works to refine perspectives on leadership and social change while exploring its organizations niche in promoting them relative to the mission of increasing philanthropy in Native communities.



Celebrating New Leaders in the Field

Kara Inae Carlisle: The McKnight Foundation has named Kara as its next vice president of programs. She is currently director of New Mexico programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Alston Starks: Alston joins the U.S. Programs’ Equality Team at the Open Society Foundations. Beforehand, he served at the Echoing Green Foundation, Arcus Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Kristen Keely-Dinger: Kristen was promoted to CEO of The Healing Trust. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President.

Helen Smith Price: The Coca-Cola Company announced Helen Smith Price was promoted to President of The Coca-Cola Foundation. She joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 and most recently served as Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company.

Kirk Adams: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Board of Trustees has named Kirk Adams as its next president and CEO. He currently serves the President and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Lauren Stillwell Patterson: Lauren has been named New Canaan Community Foundation’ new President & CEO. Previously, she was Director of Programs at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Gail M. Garceau: Gail has been named the new President of the HNH Foundation. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the former New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corporation.

Christine Reeves Strigaro: Christine has been selected as Executive Director of the Sapelo Foundation. Previously, she served as Director of Foundation Programs at Alliance for Justice and Senior Field Associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She is also Board Chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a Core Partner of CHANGE Philanthropy.

Jamie Smith: Jamie is now the sole and permanent Executive Director of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Previously, she was Interim Co-Executive Director alongside Amber Cruz Mohring.

Dion Cartwright: Dion will be the next Director of Equitable Initiatives and Leadership Development at the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Before taking this role, Dion was Program Officer at Baltimore Community Foundation.

Vivian Chang: Vivian joins the East Bay Community Foundation as its Vice President of Community Investment and Partnership. Prior to this role, Vivian served as the Director of State and Local Initiatives at Green For All, where she designed the initial strategy and architecture for Green For All’s local strategy.

Masen Davis: Masen, a former Funders for LGBTQ Issues Board Member and Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, was welcomed as a regent lecturer at the Williams Institute for the month of April.

Hugh Hogan: After 13 extraordinary years as the Executive Director of The North Star Fund, Hugh has announced his departure for a new role as the Executive Director of van Ameringen Foundation that supports prevention, education, and direct care in the mental health field, particularly among low-income communities.

Bianca Alston: Bianca joins the Arcus foundation as the Finance & Operations Assistant. Bianca comes to Arcus from ABFE (formerly known as the Association of Black Foundation Executives) where she supported membership, operations, and programs for two years.

Luis Diaz-Albertini: After more than six years at American Jewish World Service as a Program Officer on the Sexual Health and Rights Team and working to support grassroots organization in Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis is joining the Rockefeller Foundation as a Project Manager for the Strategy Development Team.

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks: The Schott Foundation for Public Education recently announced that Sharon Lettman-Hicks has joined their Board of Directors. Sharon is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).

Daniel Maiuri: Daniel joins the Arcus foundation as the Social Justice Program Administrative Coordinator after working for nonprofits in Chicago, Cape Town, New Orleans, and New York. His background includes collegiate leadership development, historic preservation, and LGBT health and wellness.

Marin Watts: Marin joins Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) as the new Director of Operations and Communications. Prior to TJFP, Marin co-founded Media Masters Alliance-a media arts and mentorship program for LGBTQ and allied youth, and worked on building communications and community outreach strategies at Artstor-a digital library and archive.

Joe Hollendoner: Joe most recently worked as First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and has a strong track record of innovation at large and complex institutions in HIV/AIDS. Joe has been appointed CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, effective in May.

Ira Hirschfield: Ira led Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund for decades, lending support to marriage equality as early as 2001. Ira will be stepping down from the Fund at the end of 2016.

Susan Bass Roberts: Susan joins the Pohland Family Foundation as it’s new Vice President and Executive Director in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Previously, she served as Senior Director of COmmunity Relations and Diversity Inclusion for Best Buy.

Lateefah Simon: Effective August 22, Lateefah will serve as the Akonadi Foundation’s next President. Most recently, she served as Program Director for the Rosenberg Foundation.

Debroah Joy Pérez: Deborah Joy has joined the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as Chief Evaluation and Learning Officer. Previously, she was Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Lived Experience:
impacting our work and the field

Lived Experience

impacting our work and the field


Noelle Ito
Vice President, Programs

How do you identify yourself?

As an Asian American woman

Tell us about a past experience that inspires the work you do today.

As a 4th generation Japanese American, I have been lucky that my grandparents have shared their story of incarceration during WWII in an internment camp in Arizona. For many, these stories have not been passed down due to shame, anger etc. It is this historical moment in time that has shaped so much of our family history and has inspired me to ensure that something like this never happens again in the US and that we fight for equity for all.

What change do you hope to see in philanthropy?

Giving & leadership that is more reflective of our country and not just an activity for old white wealthy men!