Welcoming Our Third Cohort of Momentum Fellows

October 21, 2019

­­We have officially kicked-off our third cohort of Momentum Fellows! We are so proud to have such dynamic leaders in this cohort and in the philanthropic sector.

Building on the successes and lessons from cohorts one and two, we’ve made exciting changes to the Momentum Fellowship, like expanding the program to include people already working with their organizations, but who still consider themselves new to philanthropy. We’re excited to support this group of talented folks who bring a wealth of expertise not just from their lived experiences, but also from their previous professional work prior to entering philanthropy. This third cohort of fellows features artists, youth development workers, community organizers and more!

The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellowship launched in 2015 with nine fellows who were placed at six private and community foundations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Our third cohort of fellows has grown to 15 amazing leaders who are excited to extend their learning and continue to make valuable contributions to the sector. 

We're pleased to welcome back Marguerite Casey Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation and Empire Health Foundation as hosts, and to welcome many new host foundations: Progress Alliance of Washington, The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Perigee Fund, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation, Alaska Children’s Trust and Bezos Family Foundation. For the first time we also have fellows in Montana at Headwaters Foundation, and in Canada at Arctic Funders Collaborative and Tides Canada.

We’re thrilled that this is the biggest class of fellows yet! In addition to hosting fellows at their foundations over the years, Meyer Memorial Trust and Marguerite Casey Foundation have been key supporters of the program since its inception. Their generosity enables us to continually improve and grow the program.  We will be launching a fourth cohort in 2020!  If you are interested in hosting a fellow in our next cohort, please contact Erin Thomas to learn more about the program and learn how you can get involved.

It’s our honor to introduce the fellows:

Roxanne Alvarez HeadshotRoxanne Alvarez, Director, Foundation Programs and Administration, Sheri and Les Billers Family Foundation

Precious Arney HeadshotPrecious Castillo Arney, Member Organizer, Progress Alliance of Washington

Kiantha Duncan HeadshotKiantha Duncan, Program Officer, Empire Health Foundation

Fahren Johnson HeadshotFahren Johnson, Senior Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Emily Kwon HeadshotEmily Kwon, External Affairs Associate, Rasmuson Foundation

Lauren HippLauren Hipp, Program Officer, Policy, Advocacy, and Communications, Perigee Fund

Kay Larson Blair HeadshotKay Larson-Blair, Cultural Heritage Program Officer, BBNC Education Foundation

Elizabeth Liske HeadshotElizabeth (Liz)  J. Liske, Indigenous Initiatives Fellow, Arctic Funders Collaborative

Mariel Mendez HeadshotMariel Mendez, Associate Program Officer, Perigee Fund

Tristan Morgan HeadshotTristan ‘Agnauraq’ Morgan, Program Fellow, Rasmuson Foundation

Pili Queja HeadshotPili Queja, Programs Specialist, Alaska Children’s Trust

Nadja Redmond HeadshotNadja Redmond, Social Media Specialist, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Aly Schock HeadshotAly Schock, American Indian Program Officer, Headwaters Foundation

Lori Tagoona HeadshotLori Tagoona, Senior Associate, Tides Canada Foundation

Kevin Truong HeadshotKevin Truong, Grants Program Analyst, Bezos Family Foundation