By Marci Ovadia, Senior Program Associate, Equity Programs and Communications

TFN is proud to announce our 2020 PLACES Fellows— 16 exemplary leaders in philanthropy who will embark on a year-long curriculum focusing on race, equity and inclusion.

A key element of TFN’s mission is to ensure these important values are reflected in the work we do — and ensuring that we support those working in philanthropy with the tools they need to turn ideals into outcomes.

As we grapple with the real-life consequences of structural racism and other inequities, it’s hard to understate the important role philanthropy can play in these contentious times.

PLACES, whose alumni now number more than 140 individuals from the U.S. and Canada is designed to help professionals in philanthropy embed an equity lens into the work they do. Recent cohorts have addressed issues impacting disenfranchised communities, including structural racism, gender justice, health equity, environmental sustainability, economic development and community engagement — asking difficult questions, exploring uncomfortable truths and confronting their own biases along the way. To learn more about the PLACES fellowship and the impact it has had on alumni, we invite you to check out Going PLACES, our equity focused blog series chronicling our past fellows experiences throughout their PLACES year in their own words.

For more information about the new fellows, past alumni, and the PLACES fellowship itself, click here.

Many of our PLACES fellows and alumni will be at our TFN 2020 Annual Conference in San Diego March 16-18. Feel free to ask them about their PLACES experience, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you’d like to know more about this extraordinary fellowship.

Join us in congratulating the 2020 PLACES Cohort, and we look forward to seeing you in San Diego!


Dion Cartwright, Marci Ovadia, and Bina M. Patel

Le Anne Alexander, senior program associate, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Everett Au, program specialist, for environment initiatives, The San Diego Foundation
Daniel Barrett, program officer, The Buhl Foundation / One Northside
Alexis Bivens, program director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Mary Coleman, programs manager for grants and fellowship, Voqal
Anna Cruz, strategic learning and evaluation officer, The Kresge Foundation
Nancy Fasching, community impact director, Southwest Initiative Foundation
Rayana Grace, arts and culture program manager, Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts
Betsy Hands, program officer, High Meadows Fund
Talib Horne, director of Baltimore Civic Site, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Mindy Kao, program associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Roger Perez, program officer, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

Stephanie Ruiz, manager, special initiatives, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Bilal Tajildeen, program officer, Connecticut Community Foundation
Omar Carrillo Tinajero, assistant director of programs, Center for Community Investment at Lincoln Institute

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