The PLACES Fellowship is one of The Funders Network’s most significant efforts to foster leadership in the philanthropic sector. PLACES, which stands for Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Sustainability, has welcomed more than 180 fellows to participate in a yearlong learning opportunity to help grantmakers embed the values of racial, social, and economic equity into their work. Our alums hail from all corners of the United States and Canada, representing national, regional, and community foundations.

Following their year-long fellowship experience, PLACES alums are invited to participate in various networking and leadership development opportunities including:

  • NEW!  Accessing digital networking tools such as TFN’s Member Portal, which includes a searchable funder and PLACES Alum directory. The deep connections and passion for learning forged during PLACES Fellowships extend far beyond the cohort year. So we’re making it easier for PLACES Alums to stay engaged — even if you don’t work for a TFN member organization or have moved away from philanthropy altogether.  We’re excited to share that TFN’s Member Portal is now open to all PLACES Alums, regardless of your employment status. Click on TFN’s Member Portal page for details. We also have launched a PLACES Alum-only Slack channel and a PLACES Alum LinkedIn Group.
  • Participating and leading learning calls, webinars, facilitation and training, and site visits for continued learning
  • Engage in TFN working groups and steering committees
  • Annual conference session creators and speakers
  • Annual alums gathering
  • PLACES Advisory Board
  • TFN Board of Directors (Leadership Pipeline)

We invite you below to meet our PLACES Alums. Fellows are listed with the foundation or organization that supported their fellowship at the time of their participation.

Araceli Campos

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Arturo Garcia

Kresge Foundation

Emma-Louise Anderson

Seed Fund

Helen Wong

Meyer Memorial Trust

Joy Webb

Southern Black Girl and Womens Consortium

Lesly Fajardo- Feaux

The Colorado Health Foundation

Maria Aquino

The James Irvine Foundation

Monae Dale

California Community Foundation

Rachel Isacoff

The Rockefeller Foundation

Ronda Chapman

The Trust for Public Land

Sandeep Bikram Shah

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Shilpa Shankar

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Tara Tuomaala

Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

Tiffany Lloyd

The Allyn Family Foundation

Todd Trebour

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)

Xan Avendaño

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Jena Bradley

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Francisco Covarrubias

California Community Foundation

Michele Christiansen


Katrina Deberry

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Sidra Fatima

The Kresge Foundation

Felisa Gonzales

The Colorado Trust

Jessica Mákàńjú González Martínez

New Growth Innovation Network

Tia Hicks

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area

Melanie Moore

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Jennifer Pereira

Rhode Island Foundation

Lakshmi (Sasha) Ponappa

CSD Unites Community Foundation

Sally Ray

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Nell Tessman

Gray Family Foundation

Mark Tran

The California Endowment

Peter Whitt

St. Luke’s Foundation

Le Anne Alexander

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Everett Au

The San Diego Foundation

Daniel Barrett

The Buhl Foundation / One Northside

Alexis Bivens

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Elizabeth Coco

The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota

Mary Coleman


Anna Cruz

The Kresge Foundation

Nancy Fasching

Southwest Initiative Foundation

Rayana Grace

Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

Betsy Hands

High Meadows Fund

Talib Horne

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Mindy Kao

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Roger Perez

Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

Stephanie Ruiz

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Bilal Tajildeen

Connecticut Community Foundation

Omar Carrillo Tinajero

Center for Community Investment at Lincoln Institute

Mateus Baptista

Panasonic Corporation
of North America

Dominic Braham

LISC Phoenix

Grace Chung

LISC New York City

Mia Cooper

Metro United Way

Jonathan Cunningham

Seattle Foundation

Denise Herrera

St. David's Foundation

Jonathan Hui

The Kresge Foundation

Mohamed Huque

Inspirit Foundation

Christina Kamkosi

Empire Health Foundation

Tonja Khabir

Griffith Family Foundation

Sara Levine

Rogers Family Foundation

Michelle Morris

Duluth Superior Area
Community Foundation

Ogonnaya Newman

The JPB Foundation

Darlene Russell

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Gabrielle Sims

The Boston Foundation

Craig Stumpf-Allen

Edmonton Community Foundation

Jamie Arteaga

United Way of Metro Chicago

Ajeev Bhatia

Laidlaw Foundation

Marvin Carr

Institute for Museum
and Library Sciences

Rebecca Chan

LISC National

Ciara Coleman

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Cara Ferrentino

William Penn Foundation

Maha Freij

Center for Arab American

Thomasina Hier

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nina Holzer

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Andrea Hulighan

The Winston-Salem Foundation

Maarten Jacobs

Allyn Family Foundation

Randy Lopez

Wynadotte Health Foundation

Kumar Raj

The Skillman Foundation

Simon Suganthi

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Natalia Swanson

Mary Black Foundation

Joanna Troter

The Chicago Community Trust

Marisa Aurora Quiroz

The International Foundation

Alex Camardelle-Floyd

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Mordecai Cargill

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Camille Cyprian

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Mekaelia Davis

Prudential Foundation

Michelle Huttenhoff

Knight Foundation

Lisa Jacobson

Barr Foundation

Patrick Johnston

Toledo Community Foundation

Melanie Mitros

Vitalyst Health Foundation

Tyler Nickerson

The Solutions Project

Anne Phillips

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Chantel Rush

The Kresge Foundation

Heather Smith

The Field Foundation of Illinois

Kelly Thompson

Community Foundation
of Great River Bend

Jalonne White-Newsome

The Kresge Foundation

Cheri Wright-Jones

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Gilbert Achey

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Kris Archie

Vancouver Foundation

William Cordery

Surdna Foundation

Punita Dani Thurman

The Skillman Foundation

Jill Fuglister

Meyer Memorial Trust

Davian Gagne

Mile High Connects

Janel Hines

Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Bryan Hogle

The Kresge Foundation

Mac Howison

The Sprout Fund

Sana Jafri

Chicago Community Trust

Michelle Jaramillo

The San Diego Foundation

Jaime Love

Interact For Health

Aaron Robertson

Seattle Foundation

Chan Brown

Kansas Health Foundation

Michael Coffey

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Alfredo Cruz

Foundation for Louisiana

Fabiola Greenwalt

The Russell Family Foundation

Anneliese Grytafey

Toledo Community Foundation

Kimberly Jones

Urban Partnership Bank

Tom Linfield

Madison Community Foundation

Evelin Montes

Liberty Hill Foundation

Surabhi Pandit

Community Foundation
for Southeast Michigan

Heather Pontonio

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Tobi Printz-Platnick

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Mia Ramirez

Kaiser Permanente

Daniel Soliman

AARP Foundation

Christopher Stallworth

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Lauren Taylor

Hyde Family Foundation

Maranda Witherspoon Richardson

Missouri Foundation for Health

Sandy Chapelle

Saint Luke's Foundation

Alison Corwin

Surdna Foundation

Jonalyn Denlinger

Baltimore Community Foundation

C.J. Eisenbarth Hager

St. Luke's Health Initiative

Jose Garcia

Surdna Foundation

Christopher Goett

Council on Foundations

Jasmin Hall Ratliff

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

George Jacobson

The Kresge Foundation

Lauren Johnson

Social Venture Partners Portland

Amoretta Morris

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Mary Rose Navarro

Metro Portland

Erik Takeshita

LISC Twin Cities

Eula Tatman

Community Foundation
of Northeast Alabama

Sharmila Rao Thakkar

The Siragusa Foundation

Danielle Torain

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Geri Yang-Johnson

Wells Fargo Foundation

Juan Sebastian Arias

Living Cities

Julie Brown

Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

Caitlin Brune

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Eric Dregne

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Tamu Jones

The California Endowment

Margot Kane

Calvert Foundation

Helen Leung

Living Cities

Bryna Lipper

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation

Craig Martinez

The California Endowment

Jean McKeown

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Curt McPhail

Mary Black Foundation

Tyronda Minter

Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

Alece Montez

Orton Family Foundation

LaToya Moore

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Susie Seidelman

Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Kurt Sommer

Association for Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Monica Abrahams

The Colorado Health Foundation

Lynn Coriano

Social Venture Partners Seattle

Susan Dobkins

The Russell Family Foundation

Jennifer Downing

Garfield Foundation

Edward Egnatios

The Skillman Foundation

Bridget Flood

Incarnate Word Foundation

Sarah Gillespie

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation

Beth Herz

Surdna Foundation

Meisha McDaniel

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Bina Patel

Grand Victoria Foundation

Kirsten Scobie

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Sheena Solomon

The Gifford Foundation

Eric Stoller

The Heinz Endowments

Terri Thao

Nexus Community Partners

Willie Barney

Empowerment Network Omaha

Len Bartel

Maine Health Access Foundation

Timothy Block

The Home Depot Foundation

Evelyn Burnett

Living Cities

Dion Cartwright

Baltimore Community Foundation

Mark Hallett

McCormick Foundation

Katy Locker

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Michael Maroney

Omaha Minority Community Development Fund

Vi Nguyen

Vancouver Foundation

Carolina Quezada

The Iowa West Foundation

Mary Skelton Roberts

Barr Foundation

Jasmine Thomas

Surdna Foundation

Kristin Williams

The Sherwood Foundation

Elisa Wong

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit

Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes

The Lake County Community Foundation

Zainab Hassan

Minneapolis Foundation

Sarah Hernandez

McKnight Foundation

Brian Moore

The Gifford Foundation

Toya Randall

Grand Victoria Foundation

Michael Shaw

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Todd Vogel

Social Venture Partners

Susanna Weckerle

Community Foundation of South East Michigan

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