New board leadership and five new foundation leaders join NCRP’s board of directors

Written by: NCRP

Date: September 28, 2017

We’re excited to announce that yesterday Reverend Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, was elected unanimously as the new chair of NCRP’s board, succeeding Sherece West-Scantlebury. Sherece, who leads Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, served as NCRP’s board chair for the past four years.

“The work of NCRP is needed now more than ever. Reverend Wilson’s leadership and commitment to social justice will enhance NCRP’s efforts to ensure our nation’s social movements are getting the philanthropic dollars they need to succeed.”

– Sherece West-Scantlebury, President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

“I am humbled to be asked to lead NCRP’s board at this important time. Philanthropy has an important role to play in helping our nation confront racial injustice and economic inequality. I am excited to work with such a remarkable group of nonprofit and foundation leaders committed to ensuring that philanthropy lives up to its highest aspirations – as transformational agents of just, equitable social change.”

– Reverend Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Deaconess Foundation

We’re also thrilled to share that five foundation leaders will be joining NCRP’s dynamic and diverse board:

  • Sharon Alpert, President and CEO, Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Jocelyn Sargent, Executive Director, Hyams Foundation
  • Joseph Scantlebury, Vice President for Program and Strategy (Places), W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation
  • Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation

Under Sherece’s leadership, NCRP crafted a bold strategic framework that advocates for the kind of philanthropy that prioritizes and empowers underserved and marginalized communities, and seeks to solve long-term inequities and injustice. We pushed foundations to be more transparent, open and inclusive of stakeholder feedback in strategies and processes. We highlighted the untapped potential and capacity for meaningful philanthropic impact in the South. We examined the latest social justice giving trends among the country’s largest foundations.

New Leadership

In addition to Sherece terming of after nine years on NCRP’s board, other board members have stepped down due to term limits or other factors, including: Bill Bynum, CEO of HOPE Credit Union; Trista Harris, president of Minnesota Council on Foundations; Priscilla Hung, deputy director of Move to End Violence; and Gara LaMarche, president of the Democracy Alliance.

The board also elected other new officers, including: Daniel Lee, executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, as the new vice-chair; and Cristina Jiménez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, as the new secretary. Vivek Malhotra continues as treasurer and Cynthia Renfro, principal of Civic Consulting, was re-elected as at-large delegate to the executive committee.

“Everyone at NCRP is extremely grateful to Sherece, Bill, Trista, Priscilla and Gara for sharing their time, passion and wisdom. They each helped make NCRP a stronger and better organization, and we will miss them.

“I am excited to work with the incoming new board members. These are people I’ve long admired for their leadership and commitment to high-impact, responsive philanthropy. Fresh perspectives like theirs will bring a lot to the organization.”

– ­Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO, NCRP

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