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Raquel Barajas, Peer Supervisor for Youth Funding Youth Ideas and Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership member
Raquel Barajas is a San Francisco native that currently attends San Francisco State University, majoring in Health Education with an emphasis on Community-Based Public Health. She has been as a community worker since the age of 16 and is the current Peer Supervisor at Youth Funding Youth Ideas. Working with at-risk youth that are want to make a positive change for the community has highly influenced hercareer path. Raquel joined the Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership team in 2015. But when she is not working you can catch her trying out new foods, restaurants, and cities throughout the Bay Area.
Shatara Daniels, Member, Youth Funding Youth Ideas
Shatara Daniels, a high school senior who first began serving as a youth grant-maker at Youth Funding Youth Ideas when she was 16 years old. She is excited about sharing her experiences at the YPC regional conference and facilitating a cool workshop for youth. Shatara is passionate about the arts and children and is excited to continue to make an impact in those areas. She has already received admittance to two universities and can’t wait to begin planning her future in higher education.
Amanda Dillon, Manager of Strategic Philanthropy
Amanda Dillon joined Foundation Center in 2011 and coordinates the development and implementation of knowledge services projects for grantmakers, including research analyses and data visualization tools. In 2014, she co-authored Foundation Center’s report, Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy. In the past, she held leadership positions for the Global Young Leaders Conference in New York and Washington, DC; served as a Peace Corps volunteer for women and girls empowerment in Africa, where she developed sustainable education programs; and taught art education to inner-city youth in Southern California through Arts Bridge. Amanda also actively serves as a team leader on The New York Women’s Foundation grants advising committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of California, Irvine.
Peter Drury, President of Independent Means, Inc.
Peter Drury is President of Independent Means, Inc., and is a strategic leader with a richlycomplementary background in family counseling, financial education, business leadership, and modern philanthropy. He joined the firm in 2015 to lead collaboratively with Joline Godfrey asIMI enters a new era of growth.Prior to IndependentMeans, Peterwas the Director of Strategy forSplash, a quickly scaling social enterprisefocused on “clean water for kids” in Asia andAfrica.Peter was raised in a family business and cares deeply about family-health across generations. He is a university instructor in philanthropy and leadership at the University of Washington and Seattle University and is comfortable holding the deep conversations that impact our relationship with money, like trust, security, fear, entrepreneurship, spirituality, responsibility, and legacy. Peter holds MBA, MSW, and M.Div. degrees from Seattle University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University.
Rachel Gelman, Donor; Member, Resource Generation; Catalyst Project
Rachel Gelman is a young Jewish woman with wealth. She works in the non-profit sector as a social justice activist and is currently working for Catalyst Project, and organization that does anti-racist political education with predominantly white communities. She also organizes young people with wealth to be leaders working towards the equitable distribution of land, wealth and power with Resource Generation. She has been participating in philanthropy with her family since a young age, and has just recently begun to bring a social justice lens to her personal philanthropy. In her free time, Rachel enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, playing music and spending time with loved ones.
Chitra Hanstad, Philanthropic Advisor
Chitra Hanstad’s career started in corporate advertising, public relations and intercultural communications, but she has spent most of the last 20 years working for local and international nonprofit organizations. She founded and was Executive Director of Emerald City Jobs, and consulted with Urban Impact, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rainier Scholars and Landesa. Chitra also spent four years living in India where she worked for Karnataka Health Promotions Trust, an AIDS-related NGO, as well as Aperian Global, a global communications company where Chitra spearheaded efforts to obtain Aperian’s legal entity and provided cross-cultural consulting and training to Global Fortune 100 companies such as Microsoft, Accenture and Nokia. Most recently, Chitra was the Director of Community Care at Jubilee REACH in Bellevue. She has served on many boards including Covenant World Relief & Urban Impact, and volunteers with The Stability Network. She holds a Master of Arts in marketing communications from Wheaton College and a Master of Science in international economic development from Eastern University. Chitra and her husband Tim have four wonderful children.
Annie Hernandez, Executive Director, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and Youth Philanthropy Connect
Annie Hernandez, Ph.D. joined the staff of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in November 2012 to lead its special project, Youth Philanthropy Connect, which connects youth ages 8-21 involved in philanthropy through their families or a foundation with their peers, and provides educations programs that advance youth involvement in philanthropy and the professional skills of the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Annie continues to lead this effort as well as serves as the Executive Director for the Los Angeles based foundation. Previously, Annie led the next generation efforts and developed the Good Works Connect network of nonprofits in downstate Illinois for The Lumpkin Family Foundation. Annie is committed to capacity building for the sector. Her other experience includes service in a variety of roles in public and nonprofit organizations, including a management support organization, the State of Indiana’s Rural Affairs, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia where she was faculty with the Community Leadership Association, and Fiesta Indianapolis, Inc. where she was its first Executive Director. Annie serves on the national board for Learning to Give as well as a number of family philanthropy-related committees. She received the inaugural Young and Emerging Capacity Builder Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and was Indiana’s delegate to their Nonprofit Congress. Along with being a 21/64
trainer, Annie earned her MS in Agricultural, Environmental Communication and Education at the University of Illinois, and her BS from Texas A&M University. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University with her dissertation focused on effective networked nonprofits. A Texas native, Annie now lives in Goleta, California, with her partner, George, and their Australian Shepherd, Ellie.
Sammie Holzwarth, Product Implementation Engineer, Foundant Technologies
Sammie Holzwarth has been with Foundant for three years. Starting as an intern, she moved to the Client Success Manager (CSM) role after college. She has loved building relationships with clients, hearing about all of the great things the different foundations are doing, and the changing work from one client to another. After implementing more than 100 clients in Foundant GLM, Sammie has taken her product expertise to the sales side of the company. She supports the sales team, keeping them up to date on new functionality in GLM, as well as doing the “heavy lifting” during the more technical demos. The Foundant sales team knows the product, but Sammie is able to bring her day-to-day experience from more than two years of client training to the table.
Angie Hong, Programs Coordinator at National Center for Family Philanthropy
At the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP), Angie Hong supports Vice President of Programs and contributes to the development and organization of programs, services, and strategies that advance the practice of family philanthropy, helping families to be more effective and achieve greater impact. In her position, she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to create an environment that assists families in their philanthropic work. Prior to NCFP, she had a broad range of experiences that spoke to all of her passions, which has led her to working with families and their philanthropy work at NCFP. Her background ranges from higher education to international development work in Uganda and Nicaragua. From 2013-2014, Angie collaborated with the Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health to promote global health topics in communities and ensure the rights of children. In Uganda, she was able to successfully resettle orphaned and vulnerable children into loving families and out of institutional care. She still continues with this work today. Before this, she ran the Office of Civic Engagement at Towson University, encouraging active citizenship within students and the community. She was also involved in other programmatic activities such as curating two TEDx events focused on creating a better world for citizens.
Danielle LaJoie, Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Danielle is a Fellow with Youth Philanthropy Connect. She began working with youth philanthropy in high school as treasurer of `the Battle Creek Community Foundation Youth Alliance Committee. She has served three, year-long terms on the Council of Michigan Foundations’ (CMF) Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee where she held the position of co-chair. She is a veteran of the Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team where she helped plan and facilitate the Midwest Regional Gathering. She is also currently interning for the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Danielle is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Political Science.
Mark Larimer, VP of Customer Service and Marketing, Foundant Technologies
Mark is a Co-Founder of Foundant Technologies acting as the Vice President of Marketing & Client Services. He has worked in the high tech field his entire career as a sales, marketing and operations professional. Mark helped grow his last company RightNow Technologies by opening most of their global sales offices in Europe and Australia and lived abroad for two years. He left RightNow Technologies in 2002 to pursue time with his family and in 2005 helped found Foundant Technologies. Foundant provides the online grant management system used by many of the partner foundations of the Youth Philanthropy Connect project. Foundant has supported Youth Philanthropy Connect since its inception and has returned this year with a generous sponsorship to support the YPC Giving Circle.
Vu Le, Author, Nonprofits with Balls; Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
Vu is an accomplished speaker, writer, and Executive Director of a start-up nonprofit with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu’s passion to make the world better drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. He is well-known for his honest approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns.
Andrea Juarez, Director, Youth Funding Youth Ideas
Andrea Juarez is the Director of Youth Funding Youth Ideas. She has been with the program since it piloted in 2003 and with CHALK, since 1998. Her background is in psychology, ethnic studies and youth leadership. Currently she is leading a research team at Mills College in collaboration with CHALK, exploring education, identity and youth leadership. When she isn’t reading, writing or making art, Andrea is busy traveling, hiking and enjoying time with her close friends and family.
Jonathan Marker, CEO, Youth Leadership Institute
Jonathan Marker joined Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) after working in the foundation sector, granting dollars and overseeing projects in a variety of relevant areas including a multimillion dollar Funder Collaborative on Teen Engagement, involving 12 national and local funding partners. Prior to his grant making work, Jonathan was both a teacher and a manager for Teach for America where he successfully led strategic planning efforts, secured over $3 million in new federal funding and created effective innovation models for teachers. Early in his career, Jonathan was a community organizer and campaign fundraiser for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Jonathan holds a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from American University in Washington, D.C. a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston University, and has received a number of honors and fellowships including the Leadership for Educational Equity Public Leaders Fellowship and the Eddie Tatel Award for Excellence in Teaching from Teach for America. Jonathan lives in San Rafael with his wife, Jessica, son Cole, and black lab, Kit.
Austin McNamee, Board of Directors, Social Venture Partners Seattle & Program Manager, Microsoft
Austin joined SVP Seattle as a partner in 2010 after being blown away by the caliber of high-achieving, yet down-to-earth, philanthropists he met at a prospective partner event. His passions have found a great home within the SVP community: serving on the Out of School Time grant committee, attending a Collective Impact and SVPI conference, planning and speaking at a partner meeting, enlisting in various SVP Seattle board committees, volunteering with Equal Opportunity Schools, and connecting with partners in the SVP Seattle network. Austin looks forward to SVP’s future, as the solid foundation built by long-time partners continues to evolve and grow along with a new generation of philanthropists. Austin’s professional career started at Accenture after graduating from The University of Texas in 2006. He joined Microsoft in 2008 as a Service Manager in the Office 365 Exchange Online service and currently works in a Program Manager role.
Gordon Phung, Youth Evaluator, Youth Funding Youth Ideas Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team Member
Gordon Phung was born in San Francisco, CA and currently is a senior at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology. He prides himself in his effective youth philanthropy work at Youth Funding Youth Ideas as a Youth Evaluator. He embraces his Vietnamese-heritage and plans to use the skills he has acquired working as a philanthropist to help third-world countries when he grows up. He loves to interact with new people and learn about different cultures. In his spare time, you can find him relaxing in the sun or walking in beautiful SF, petting any animal in his sight.
Ashley Rodriguez, Senior Supervisor, Youth Funding Youth Ideas; Youth Coordinator, Roadmap to Peace Initiative San Francisco; & Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team Member
Ashley Rodriguez began working with the community at the age of 16. She is a senior supervisor for Youth Funding Youth Ideas and a Youth Coordinator for the Roadmap to Peace Initiative in San Francisco. Helping young people liberate themselves from the obstacles that have essentially trapped them is what motives her to do this work. She is a first-generation college student at San Francisco State University working toward a degree in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Health Education. Ashley is passionate about education, fighting against gentrification and displacement, and empowering youth. When she is not at school or work she likes to take photographs of the beautiful murals throughout San Francisco.
Greg Reneris, Co-chair, Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grantmaking Alumni Board
Greg Reneris is a young philantrapist who has been involved with the Seattle Foundation since 2007. Asrecent graduate from Santa Clara University, he hopes to inspire and help others meet their own philanthropic goals.
Sarah Saltzman, Junior Board Member, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership team
Sarah Saltzman, a high school junior, first began serving as a member of the junior board of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in 2011 at the age of 12. As a junior board member she has made multiple grants and was integral in conducting several site visits during the junior board’s inaugural Collaborative Grant cycle in 2014.Sarah is also a member of the Youth Philanthropy Connect Youth Leadership team.
Katherine Scott, Director of Youth Philanthropy
Katherine joined the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation to lead Youth Philanthropy Connect. Katherine came to the Foundation from the Boston Foundation, where she managed an online platform for donors profiling best practices of nearly a thousand nonprofits and building the capacity of nonprofit leaders. Previously, she has worked at other foundations in organizational effectiveness, training nonprofit leaders, donor services, and recruiter to private and independent schools. Katherine is excited to have her career come full circle as she began her experience in philanthropy in high school as a Youth Advisory Council member and leader for In Youth We Trust at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. She holds a BA from Wittenberg University and an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and MPA in Nonprofit Management from SPEA from Indiana University, Indianapolis. Katherine serves as the due diligence chair and a board member of a private foundation, SheGives. Katherine now lives in Boston with her husband Michael.
Kylie Semel, Junior Board Member, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
Kylie Semel, a high school junior, first began serving as a member of the Junior Board of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation when she was 8 years old. As a junior board member she has made multiple grants and had the honor of sharing her experiences at Exponent Philanthropy’s national conference. She is also a member of the Youth Philanthropy Connect leadership team. Kylie is passionate about the arts and children’s education and is excited to continue to make an impact in those areas.
Luke Sturtz, Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team Member, Dekko Phish Pod Member
Luke Sturtz is a senior at Churubusco Senior High in Indiana. Since the 7th grade, he has been involved in multiple Dekko Foundation programs, beginning with a youth team called HANDS (Helping Achieve New Direction Through Students). From there, he was accepted into a Dekko group called phish (philanthropic ideas strategy and heart), where he was led to join Youth Philanthropy Connect’s Youth Leadership in 2014.
Magdalen Sullivan, Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
This is Magdalen’s first year serving on the Youth Philanthropy Connect team—she will be working as a Fellow. Magdalen has been apart of her family’s foundation, The Tracy Family Foundation (TFF), since she was five years old, and has served as a founding member of TFF’s Next Generation Advisory Board. She is currently a sophomore at Boston College, studying Political Science and English.
Justine Thibeaux, Member, Youth Funding Youth Ideas
Justine began working at Youth Funding Youth Ideas in November of 2014. She has over 100 hours of training in social justice, youth philanthropy and workforce topics. Justine has funded six projects and manages an average of $30,000 per year. She is passionate about changing the educational system and engaging people in restorative justice.
Lindsay Morgan Tracy, VP of Community Impact & Engagement, United Way of Pierce County
Morgan Tracy is the Vice President of Community Impact & Engagement at the United Way of Pierce County located in Tacoma, Washington. Tracy was the Senior Director of Community Investment overseeing the statewide Early Literacy Social Innovation Fund (SIF). She worked with early literacy grantees across the state of Colorado to impact literacy proficiency by demonstrating the effectiveness of the interventions through intense evaluations. The SIF initiative also supported organizations to build capacity and a culture of program improvement forbetter qualitative and quantitative outcome measures. Tracy entered the Colorado workforce as a high school teacher. Following her teaching career, she moved into college administration at Johnson & Wales University. During her tenure at the university, she became a commissioner within the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Community Service (now Serve Colorado), a commissioner on the Denver Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and became a founding board member for the Foundation for the Prevention of School Violence. Her zeal for education and volunteer service commenced when she was 18 when a family member informed her that “…philanthropy will get you nowhere.” Tracy didn’t listen and then volunteered to help start a camp for kids. The camp is now the largest national camp for children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Tracy is a mother of two young boys who are learning to read. She also used to volunteer with her therapy dog in third grade classrooms as the kids loved reading a book about therapy dogs to a real therapy dog. Her current dogs failed the therapy dog requirements. Tracy moved to the Pacific Northwest in September 2014 to continue her endeavors in community change.
Jacqueline Way, Founder of 365give
Jacqueline has dedicated herself to social good projects both personally and professionally for over two decades, but it was Motherhood that inspired her to make a world of difference. Jacqueline is the mother of three boys (3, 4, and 8 years). In 2010 she made a commitment with her oldest son to give back to the world every day for one year. They called it 365give and documented it via a blog as a way to teach others the value of giving. In 2014 she has taken 365give to new heights. Now as a not for profit organization 365give educates children in elementary schools how they too can give every day.
Nicolas Way, 365give
Nic is the inspiration behind 365give. At the age of 3 Nic joined his mother in a daily giving project. Together, every day for 1 year they did one thing to give back to the world. Their giving stories wereshared around the world giving them the inspiration to share their vision with other children. Today, Nic is now in grade 3 and works with his Mom to help inspire other elementary students to give every day.
Whitney Webb, Director of Operations, Head Trainer, Co-Director of Camp Start-Up, Independent Means
Whitney Webb is the Director of Operations, as well as a head Trainer and co-director of Camp Start-Up. Before coming to IMI, Whitney was a Kiva Fellow in Kigali, Rwanda where she worked to strengthen partnerships and increase the reach of microfinance, through employee trainings and industry research. Whitney graduated from the University of Florida, and, upon graduation, accepted a position with Porter Orlin hedge fund, in NYC, where she performed investment research for the managing director. During her three years there she also volunteered at The International Center, teaching English and mentoring members who were new to the US. She left New York to travel and volunteer with various NGOs within Southeast Asia and South America in the areas of education and business sustainability. Whitney is a board member and volunteer business mentor at Youth Interactive, a non-profit teen center in Santa Barbara working to promote leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Jillian Wu, Program Officer, BLING
Jillian Wu, currently a high school senior, has been a youth philanthropist since she was a sophomore in high school with B.L.I.N.G. (Building Leadership in Innovative New Giving). She is also a youth member of the Youth Leadership Institute Board. She is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment, and policy work, which lends itself into her work in philanthropy and role as Vice Chair of the San Francisco Youth Commission, a youth member of the National League of Cities’ Youth, Education, and Families Council, and a council member to the Mayor’s Our Children Our Families Council. She has been a member of the YPC Leadership team since 2014.
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