Senior Director, Place
Why do you do what you do?
I’m very conscious of the fact that I’m a descendant of African slaves. My great grandparents and great-great grandparents experienced slavery and lacked the opportunities that we have been afforded today. I’d be doing a disservice to my ancestors if I didn’t contribute to advancing the well-being of people of color in this country.
What drew you to the foundation?
My mentor, Joe Brooks, was the former program officer for housing and community development at the foundation. Joe had been part of an organization called the Republic of New Africa, which in the 1960s went to the deep South to work with Black people on property ownership and voting rights. Joe invited me to work at the foundation, and in my first role here, I helped strengthen our partnerships with faith-based organizations. I’ve been here now for more than 15 years.
How would you describe your role?
I herd paper! I’m also the Anchoring Communities team lead, and a role model for younger folks in philanthropy. I help them as best as I can with their professional development and help them use their skills while staying focused on our grantees and the people they serve.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I’m on the board of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the chair of the board of the South Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation.