The board of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC, elected James J. Sandman as chair and Charlene M. Dukes as vice-chair of the board at its June 5 meeting.
The Greater Washington region is a diverse community where immigrants, many coming from across our country's southern border, have made their homes and are woven into the fabric of our identity. We at the Meyer Foundation are deeply troubled by the separation of migrant children from their families.
I’m pleased to share with you a restatement of our strategic plan called Advancing Equity.
Aisha Alexander will join Meyer in the newly-created role of senior director for strategy and equity, effective June 4.
I’m excited to announce that Sonia Quiñónez will join the Meyer Foundation as the Northern Virginia program director, effective June 18.
As I reflect on my first two months at the Meyer Foundation, I am overcome with immense gratitude; gratitude because, as vice president for program and community, I have the opportunity to lead talented and dedicated colleagues into advancing a critical vision for the Washington, DC region.
As I enter my seventh week as the Meyer Foundation’s vice president for program and community, I am delighted to share that things are off to a strong start and our program team continues to grow: Nadine Duplessy Kearns will join us as the DC program director as of April 9.
Following a multi-phased, nationwide search, I’m thrilled to announce that Terri D. Wright, Ph.D., MPH, will join us as vice president for program and community. Her first day will be February 16.
As we enter 2018, we wish all of you a happy new year. 2018 is a pivotal and important moment in our evolution as a country, a region, and for the Meyer Foundation as an organization. The two of us have a collective 25 years of experience working in philanthropy, and we have had the privilege of working with countless individuals and organizations doing amazing and tireless work to provide support to people who are persistently challenged by a lack of access to quality education, jobs, and housing. We have consistently been in awe of the commitment and passion our grantee partners display day-in and day-out, and know how many people’s lives have changed for the better along the way. Further, we admire the resilience of individuals and families in our region who are challenged by a constant flurry of efforts seemingly designed to ensure their failure. We recognize that, unless we shift some of our attention to addressing WHY so many in our region continue to struggle, we face a never-ending battle.
As we approach the end of 2017, we reflect on what a pivotal year it has been, not only for the Meyer Foundation, but also for our region and our nation. This year brought no shortage of examples illustrating how our country’s greatest challenges affect people of color at uneven rates, and our region is no exception. A recent study from Georgetown University, for example, reaffirms what previous research has shown: that the robust DC economy is leaving the city’s longtime residents behind.