Fox Foundation representatives at the 2016 YPC Conference.
Alan C. Fox
Author, Philanthropist, Game Changer
Quote: “I want to help everyone receive the best possible educational start in life.”
Secretary and Junior Board Advisor
Program Officer, Freida C. Fox Family Foundation
Favorite Quote: “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
Read more about Alexis in the Staff section below.
Media Industry CEO
Favorite Quote: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston S. Churchill
ACF Property Management Vice President
Why I Serve: “My inspiration for serving the Foundation is the love, commitment and fantastic work done on a daily basis by nonprofit groups we support, like the Children’s Nature Institute, to make today and the future better for our children.”
Why I Serve: “I asked to rejoin the board because now I have more time to devote to improving my community. Being a board member and participating in the foundation is a great way to do that.”
Fox Family Philanthropic Liaison
Why I serve: “As a Girl Scout I was taught to leave our camp or meeting space ‘better than we found it.’ I believe that applies to the world as well; I would like to make a difference in my community in order to leave it better than I found it.”
Favorite Quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Bill Widener
Why I Serve: “I am pleased to be working with the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation as it continues to create and launch innovative programs that benefit and improve the lives of youth. I am honored to be a part of a thoughtful and committed team working to change the world.”
Annie Hernandez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and Youth Philanthropy Connect
Email: annie (at) fcfox.org
Annie Hernandez, Ph.D. joined the staff of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in 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 whose mission is to maximize the potential of young people.
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 the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Learning to Give, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management 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. You can find her on the beach or hiking in the sunshine or online at @anniehernandez or on linkedin.com/in/anniehernandez1/
Program Officer, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
Email: Alexis (at) fcfox.org
Alexis met the Fox family when she was 12 years old as a foster youth. She has been around the foundation since its inception and its work has influenced her path. Alexis is the Program Officer for the Foundation, supporting grantees and serving as the advisor for the Foundation’s Junior Board. She studied Political Science, specifically the intersection between family and government, and graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University. Her life’s work has centered around foster care advocacy and working with foster teens in their successful transition to adulthood. Most recently, she work at the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in their college readiness program. She is an avid volunteer and reader residing in Studio City, California.
“As a board member I am inspired by all the small differences we make in our community. Though some of the issues facing our world may seem insurmountable, every action we take moves us closer to success!”
Graduate Assistant, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Email: brea (at) youthphilanthropyconnect.org
Brea joins the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation as a Graduate Assistant to Youth Philanthropy Connect. She is currently completing her first year of Master’s work in philanthropic studies at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, holding a degree from Purdue in biology. Wanting to get back into a passion-driven life, Brea decided to get back into philanthropy- a passion from years past. Brea started her philanthropic journey in high school by serving on P.U.L.S.E. (Philanthropists Utilizing Lifelong Service and Education), one of “youth pods in connection with the Dekko Foundation, in Kendallville, IN. When the Dekko Foundation realized they wanted a youth liaison between the pods and the Foundation itself, phish was created, and Brea jumped at the chance to join this new group. She also served with Teens on Board with Black Pine Animal Sanctuary. She is very passionate about the arts and, within the world of philanthropy, is committed to helping find solutions to the general lack of funding for arts programs in rural communities. Brea lives in Indianapolis with her fiancé, Jordan, and their dog, Fynneaus, a rescue mutt from Tails and Trails Rescue. She can be found on LinkenIn at linkedin.com/in/brea-reimer.
Katherine Westlund Scott
Director of Youth Philanthropy, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Email: Katherine (at) fcfox.org
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 nonprofits and building the capacity of nonprofit leaders. Previously, she has worked at other foundations in organizational effectiveness, training nonprofit leaders, and donor services. 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 on the Lilly Family School Alumni Board. Katherine lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Michael and can be on Linkedin at: linkedin.com/in/kwestlundscott.
Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Sarah Bahn has been engaged in the nonprofit world for as long as she remember, focusing on causes like youth empowerment, homelessness, and civic engagement. She got involved with grantmaking during her sophomore year of college through a philanthropy course at Tufts University, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. Over last summer, Sarah worked as an intern at Foundation Center, where she helped with the launch of YouthGiving.org. Originally from Seattle, Sarah spent the Spring 2015 semester in Amsterdam studying social policy. She is a senior at Tufts University in Greater Boston, Massachusetts, pursuing a major in Peace and Justice Studies and a minor in Urban Studies.
Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Alison Pakradooni lives in Philadelphia, PA and is a junior studying kinesiology at Temple University. Alison has been an active member in the philanthropy world since she started working with her family foundation, The Andrus Family Fund (AFF), at the age of 13. She began with the Andrus Youth Service Project (AYSP) and is now going through the Boards Executive Training (BETs) program for her second time. She currently sits on her sorority’s executive board as the Vice President of philanthropy, aiming to involve philanthropy in all aspects of her life. Her first time being involved with YPC was when she spoke at the New York City conference in 2015 on behalf of AFF and SURDNA. She then continued her involvement as a member on the Leadership team for the 2015-2016 cycle and now has moved on to becoming a fellow for Youth Philanthropy Connect.
Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Gordon Phung is a first generation student attending California Polytechnic University of Pomona in California. As a kid, he had been affected by many social issues, such as gentrification and eviction. As a college freshman now, Gordon’s intended major is Environmental Biology and he strives to bring environmental and social justice to the communities that are often overlooked. Having worked at Youth Funding Youth Ideas for over 4 years now, he plans to continue giving back and bring attention to social and environmental issues everywhere he goes. Gordon is currently involved in the process of creating Honey Hive, which is a project that financially bolsters struggling college students to put their education first. He also plans to continue his social justice work in Pomona by creating a club that brings awareness and action to the social and environmental issues that affect low-income communities.
Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect
Jamie Semel has been involved with youth philanthropy since the age of 11, when she became a Junior Board Member on her family’s foundation, the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation. She is a senior at Brandeis University in Greater Boston, Massachusetts where she studies Theater Arts and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about exploring the intersections of Environmental and Theater education and has allowed this to guide her philanthropy. As a Junior Board member, she has also enjoyed working on collaborative grant cycles each year focused on different themes, some past themes including STEAM education and mentorship programs. She helped plan the original Youth on Board Conference in 2011, which became the foundation for the development of Youth Philanthropy Connect. She served as a YPC Leadership Team Member for 4 years and is thrilled to be on board again as a YPC fellow.
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