Connecting Leaders Fellowship

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Program Overview

CLFP is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. The Fellowship begins with a week-long Leadership Summit. In addition, Fellows conduct a 360-degree evaluation and are assigned a leadership coach. Each fellow is required to complete a community-based learning project during the fellowship year, which can be volunteer work or a research project on a topic of interest.

Program Objectives

  • To increase the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities.

Program Audience

  • ABFE Members: foundation trustees, executive staff and program officers.
  • Partners: grantmaking entities, including private foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs, donor-advised funds and giving circles.

Key Activities

  • Leadership Development
  • Education
  • Research
  • Volunteer
  • Networking
  • Resources

Program Point-of-Contact

Lynne Algrant, Professional Development Coordinator
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Class of 2014 – 2015

Jehan Benton-Clark

Jehan Benton-Clark

Senior Program Officer

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

William Cordery

William Cordery

Program Officer

Marguerite Casey Foundation

Patrick Hendricks

Patrick Hendricks

Development Manager

The Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government
Memphis, TN

Kelli King-Jackson

Kelli King-Jackson

Program Officer

The Simmons Foundation

E. Bomani Johnson

E. Bomani Johnson

Senior Director

Programs & Partnerships
DC Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation

Michelle D. Johnson

Michelle D. Johnson

Associate Program Officer

The Kresge Foundation

Katrina Mitchell

Katrina Mitchell

Program Officer

Andrus Family Fund

Terrance Pitts

Terrance Pitts

Program Officer

Criminal Justice Fund
Open Society Foundations

Castle Redmond, J.D.

Castle Redmond, J.D.

Program Manager

Health Happens in Schools The California Endowment

Ed Smith-Lewis

Ed Smith-Lewis

Associate Program Officer Student Success

U.S. Program, Postsecondary Success
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Class of 2013 – 2014

Alko-Bethea

Aiko Bethea

Deputy Director, USP Grants Management

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Evelyn-Burnett

Evelyn Burnett

Vice President, Economic Opportunity

Neighborhood Progress Inc.

Kimberlin-Butler

Kimberlin Butler

Program & Network Manager

Grantmakers for Education

Leon-Caldwell

Leon Caldwell

Senior Research Associate

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ellen-Collins

Ellen Collins

Program Officer

Foundation for the Mid South

Andrea-Forsht

Andrea Forsht

Grants and Programs Associate

DentaQuest Foundation

Leslie-Herod

Leslie Herod

Program Officer

Gill Foundation

Takema-Robinson-Bradberry

Takema Robinson-Bradberry

Senior Program Associate for Education and Community Change

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Kenita-Williams

Kenita Williams

Senior Program Manager, Public Policy

Southeastern Council of Foundations

Omar-Woodard

Omar Woodard

Principal

Venture Philanthropy Partners

Class of 2012 – 2013

Tammy-Dowley-Blackman

Tammy Dowley Blackman

Director of Diversity Fellowship

Proteus Fund

Angel-Roberson-Daniels

Angel Roberson Daniels

Senior Program Officer

Angell Foundation

Talib-Horne

Talib Horne

Vice President for Community Development

Living Classrooms Foundation

Karris-Jackson

Karris-Jackson

Vice President of Programs

POISE Foundation

Summer-N-Jackson

Summer N. Jackson

Administrator

Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy

Nakisha-Lewis

Nakisha Lewis

Project Manager

Schott Foundation for Public Education

Denise-St-Omer

Denise St. Omer

Vice President of Community Investment

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Paula-Sammons

Paula Sammons

Program Officer on the Family Economic Security

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Maisha-Simmons

Maisha-Simmons

Program Officer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Simone-Washington

Simone Washington

Director of Programs

The Community Foundation of South Alabama

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