As a member of The Giving Practice, Tina Gridiron possesses over 25 years of experience in education and philanthropy. As a former director at Lumina Foundation, she brings a passion and commitment to public service, strategic leadership and collaboration. Over the years she has managed several philanthropic efforts focused on diversity, equity and inclusion to improve outcomes for African American males, Latino students and to support the effectiveness of institutions serving people of color. She believes in the value of data-informed action and is committed to increasing the impact and influence of foundations, colleges and universities, as well as other national and community organizations.
Described as a results-oriented strategic thought leader, Tina is a respected philanthropic partner with demonstrated success addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, broad community engagement, and closing gaps in student preparation, access, progression, and completion in postsecondary education. She also has many years of work as a strong advocate for effective philanthropic practice as the current board chair for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and a former board vice chair of the Grantmakers for Education.
As a devoted global learner Tina has traveled to more than 13 countries over the years and spent time learning about the life experiences, challenges and opportunities of disconnected people all over the world. She is a proud mother of three and currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her master's in higher education administration and her master's in sociology are from Stanford University.