P.O.C. and The Nonprofit Sector: Building A Culture Of Diversity And Inclusion
We must ensure that diversity is not simply a passing trend in the nonprofit sector but an enduring value that helps make our sector more sustainable. Today, 30 percent of the U.S. population is Black and/or Latino. Yet, only 10% of nonprofits are led by Black or Latino individuals, and only three of the top 50 charities in the nation have leaders of color. Our calling as a sector and as individuals responsible for conceiving a vision for our sector’s future is to change and challenge this reality.
- Discuss changing demographics in the United States
- Challenge stereotypes about the role people of color play in the nonprofit sector
- Identify nontraditional and transferable skills in diverse hires and professionals of color
Director of Communications
American Heart Association
Diego Ortiz Quintero is a Colombian-born nonprofit communications professional. He currently serves as the Communications Director for the American Heart Association in New York City. Diego graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in journalism from Rutgers University in New Jersey and holds a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University in Los Angeles. He entered the nonprofit and social impact field as a student journalist and advocate for the D.R.E.A.M. Act.
International Documentary Association
Maria Elena Hewett is an arts professional who has executed contracts for multiple charitable organizations in the theatrical arts, homeless services, and independent film. With a dual undergraduate degree in visual arts and gender studies from UCSD, Maria Elena has fought for inclusive representation in the arts and media. After more than a decade in the private sector, she decided to permanently join the third sector in 2015 while pursuing a master’s in nonprofit management. You can catch her hiking with her demanding border collie and participating in the local arts community during her free time.
Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation
Alexis, in addition to being a trustee, is the Program Officer and Junior Board Advisor for the Frieda C Fox Family Foundation. In her role, she oversees the day-to-day grant administration and guides the Junior Board members (ages 8-21) in their grantmaking. Alexis considers her journey in philanthropy much like that of the delta symbol Δ: 3-sided and focused on change. She has been a recipient of philanthropic funds during her years as a foster youth in Los Angeles, a grant-seeker as a nonprofit employee, and now a grantmaker whose passion is to support young people in making a difference through philanthropy. Alexis sees philanthropy as a privilege, and works toward creating a grantmaking culture that is brave, empowering, and focused on the liberation of all people. Alexis received her M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Antioch University, LA and is a 21/64 Certified Advisor. If you want to see her face light up, just ask her why play-doh and pipe cleaners are required meeting supplies!