Launched in 2010, the leadership development program is designed to increase the diversity of philanthropy’s leadership pipeline by helping prepare mid- to senior-career professionals at foundations and nonprofits to lead high-performing organizations and programs in the U.S. and around the world. Participants in the year-long program will delve deep into major issues facing philanthropic leaders; gain access to an extensive network of CEOs, trustees, search firm executives, and national thought leaders; attend virtual and in-person career trainings across the country; and be paired with an executive coach who will advise and support them as they continue along their career path.
The twenty-four members of the program’s sixth class include Liz Alsina, senior program officer at the Walton Family Foundation (Bentonville, Arkansas); Lee Bynum, associate director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program and senior program associate for diversity at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York, New York); Jorge Cino, communications officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation (Los Altos, California); Lilly Fu, senior director of finance and administration at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (San Rafael, California); Sharnita Johnson, arts program director at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation (Morristown, New Jersey); Susan Johnson, director of organizational development and philanthropic practice at the Lumina Foundation (Indianapolis, Indiana); and Kurian Thomas, program director at the Fetzer Institute (Kalamazoo, Michigan).
"We continue to be inspired by the number of amazing and highly qualified applicants we received for Career Pathways, and the 2019 cohort is truly exceptional," said Karon Harden, vice president of professional development at the council. "As we work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy through the Career Pathways program, we are excited to engage with this year’s cohort and see the work they will do in applying their new knowledge to improve their communities."
For a complete list of participants, see the Council on Foundations website.