PLACES Fellows | 2015 - 2016
Chan Brown is a program officer with the Kansas Health Foundation where she directs several grant programs specifically designed to respond to the needs and assets of Kansas communities experiencing high concentrations of social and economic risks. Chan also manages the foundation’s responsive grant portfolio, targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects, programs, and policy initiatives that fit within the foundation's mission. She is experienced in non-profit organization administration, leadership development, and process management training.
Prior to joining the foundation she held the position of Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in Atlanta’s urban core excel academically and socially through leadership development. During her tenure, she implemented afterschool, summer and youth programs. Before that she negotiated contracts on behalf of the Purdue Research Foundation with the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation. Her leadership experience is diverse as she has worked in both the non-profit and corporate sector in positions responsible for program development, public relations, human resources and training.
Chan has a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management from Purdue University and is a certified Zenger Miller trainer. She has been involved in the Wichita community through her volunteer efforts for International Ministries, Kansas Benefit Bank, and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. Chan is passionate about promoting social change in communities with the greatest needs.
Michael Coffey is a Program Officer with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. His responsibilities include leadership in both the Foundation’s newest issue area of Job Creation and the more established Strong Communities portfolio, which includes community economic development and civic engagement. He also advises several private donors who have a range of interests, including special needs youth, the elderly, animal welfare and basic services.
Previously, Michael was a Program Officer with the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in Washington, DC. He was responsible for an initiative aimed at strengthening community organizing in our nation’s capital. Equal parts grantmaking, research and coalition building, his role supported the institution’s commitment to addressing the District’s deep poverty and social divisions in ways that recognize those most affected by the issues as key change agents. Similarly, Coffey consulted with the Compton Foundation in Menlo Park, California to foster a greater awareness of global affairs among young leaders. This work was a natural progression from his role as the Director of Youth Programs with Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, where he engaged high school and college-age youth around issues of nonviolence, US foreign policy and community service.
Michael has held numerous board or advisory positions with the Fund for Santa Barbara, Endowment for Youth Committee, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, LISC of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and the Kennedy Heights Montessori Center. He and his wife were founding members of Black Benefactors, a giving circle focused on improving the well-being of Black children, youth and families in metropolitan DC metropolitan. The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund selected him for their inaugural “Forty Under 40” cohort. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
A Cincinnati native, Michael is married with two children.
Director of Programs
Alfredo A. Cruz joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 as the Program Officer for Economic Opportunity and was named Director of Programs in 2013. Alfredo’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and investment opportunities throughout the state that are aligned with the Foundation’s goals, providing technical assistance and aid in proposal development to grantees and potential grantees, and helping to scale economic opportunity strategies for statewide impact. He also led the Foundation’s development of an evaluation framework for grant-making programs and special initiatives. Prior to his position with the Foundation, Alfredo worked at the Florida Legislature as the Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9).
Alfredo also worked as a program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where his program areas included arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, and economic-community development. During his career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and is currently a board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Alfredo has also served on various nonprofit boards including Whole Child Leon Project, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition, Council on Culture and Arts, Council of Neighborhood Associations and the Committee for a Better New Orleans. Alfredo earned his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University where he also completed a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and M.P.A. studies. He grew up in Miami and lived in Tallahassee for eight years before moving to Louisiana and currently resides in Baton Rouge.
Fabiola Greenawalt is a Program Officer for The Russell Family Foundation. As a program officer, Fabiola manages several portfolios of grants and community relationships for the foundation’s Environmental Sustainability Program. Fabiola’s portfolio includes a regional Environmental Education program focused on middle and high school students and a 10-year place-based, collective impact effort known as the Puyallup Watershed Initiative. Additionally, Fabiola spearheads the Foundation’s work on equity, diversity and inclusion and co-manages a cross-program fund which supports work combining environmental sustainability and grassroots leadership development.
Previously, Fabiola was the Senior Executive Assistant at the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods where she worked on special projects and represented the Department in various community-facing initiatives. Fabiola has also been an active member of the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative and the Seattle Latino City Employees committee. Fabiola can be reached at (253) 857-1660 and firstname.lastname@example.org.