Council on Foundations Announces 2019 Cohort of Career Pathways

Press Release – (ARLINGTON, VA, December 18, 2018)— The Council on Foundations has announced the 24 participants selected for Career Pathways, a leadership development program designed to increase the number of diverse candidates in the philanthropic leadership pipeline.

The newly selected 2019 participants represent the sixth cohort of the program, which targets mid to senior-career professionals. Since launching in 2010, 87 percent of Career Pathways alumni are now working at the senior executive level in philanthropic organizations across the world.

Over the course of a year, cohort members will delve deep into major issues facing philanthropic leaders; gain access to a vast network of CEOs, trustees, search firm executives, and national thought leaders; attend virtual and in-person career trainings across the country; and will be paired with an executive coach to advise and support them along their career path.

“We continue to be inspired by the number of amazing and highly qualified applicants we received for Career Pathways, and the 2019 cohort is truly exceptional,” said Karon Harden, the Council’s Vice President of Professional Development. “As we work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy through the Career Pathways program, we are excited to engage with this year’s cohort and see the work they will do in applying their new knowledge to improve their communities.”

The 2019 Career Pathways cohort members are:

  • Liz Alsina| Senior Program Officer| Walton Family Foundation| Bentonville, AR
  • Carlotta Arthur| Director, Clare Boothe Luce Program| Henry Luce Foundation| New York, NY
  • Shelby Brown | Managing Director| Paul J. Aicher Foundation/Everyday Democracy | Hartford, CT
  • Lee Bynum | Associate Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship; Senior Program Associate, Diversity | The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation| New York, NY
  • Meaghan Calcari Campbell | Program Officer | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | Palo Alto, CA
  • Alexandra Caraballo | National Manager, Philanthropy | Kaiser Permanente | Rockville, MD
  • Amy Carlin | Director of Foundation Programs | The Krupp Family Foundation | Boston, MA
  • Jorge Cino | Communications Officer | Heising-Simons Foundation | Los Altos, CA
  • Brian Dixon | Program Officer and Grants Manager | W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation | Chicago, IL
  • Lilly Fu | Senior Director, Finance & Administration | George Lucas Educational Foundation | San Rafael, CA
  • Adam Ganuza | Program Officer | John S. & James L. Knight Foundation | Miami, FL
  • Alejandra Garduno Martinez | Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean | W.K. Kellogg Foundation | Battle Creek, MI
  • Tiauna George | Education Grants Manager | Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Shannan Gonzalez | Senior Human Resources Officer | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Princeton, NJ
  • Danielle Goonan | Senior Manager II, Career Opportunity | Walmart Giving | Bentonville, AR
  • Lyn Hunter | Director of Regional Strategies & Networks | Philanthropy Northwest | Seattle, WA
  • Jennifer Jaramillo | Chief Talent Officer | The Kresge Foundation | Troy, MI
  • Susan Johnson | Director, Organizational Development and Philanthropic Practice | Lumina Foundation | Indianapolis, IN
  • Sharnita Johnson | Arts Program Director | Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation | Morristown, NJ
  • Tamu Jones | Senior Program Manager | The California Endowment | Los Angeles, CA
  • Heather Kukla | Vice President and General Counsel | Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies | Eden Prairie, MN
  • Atlanta McIlwraith | Senior Manager Community Engagement and Communication | Timberland | Greensboro, NC
  • Leila Otis | Senior Director, Program Operations | Bainum Family Foundation | Bethesda, MD
  • Kurian Thomas | Program Director | Fetzer Institukte | Kalamazoo, MI

Career Pathways will convene four times across the country in 2019 and be hosted by several leading philanthropic institutions. The first convening will take place in January in Houston, Texas. The program will conclude in November 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Career Pathways is supported by The Duke Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

For more information about Career Pathways, visit

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