2021 Emerging Leaders Announced

Aug 24, 2020

Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Tech Announced

The Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) is pleased to announce its 2021 Emerging Leaders cohort. The  Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) is designed to cultivate rising stars and emerging technology leaders in philanthropy in ways that increase innovation and resiliency. Through a series of coaching, mentoring pairings, and educational opportunities, emerging leaders are provided with the expertise and skills needed to further advance their careers and serve the mission of philanthropy.

Announced at TAG’s All-Member Call on September 23rd, the 2021 ELI cohort is a diverse group of information technology, grants management and operational professionals from philanthropic organizations varying in type, size and locale. Selected participants are new in their careers, new in their role, or newly entering the philanthropic sector.

“I am awed by the passion and commitment of emerging leaders in the 2021 cohort and honored to be supporting the next generation of leaders in philanthropy. Now in its fourth year, the TAG Emerging Leaders Initiative has become a force for change and truly represents the future of leadership in the social sector.”

– Bill Robertazzi, ELI Program Director, TAG

Congratulations to the 2021 Emerging Leaders and thank you to TAG members who’ve volunteered their time and expertise as mentors. 

Presenting the 2021 Emerging Leaders

2021 TAG Emerging Leaders 

AKI SHIBUYA Operations & Membership Manager, WA Women’s Foundation
INEZ MEIM,  Business Technology Manager, Kaiser Permanente
JEFFREY JIMENEZ-KURLANDER,  Senior Program Analyst, Learning & Grant Operations, Surdna Foundation
LUCAS HERNÁNDEZ,  U.S. Field Engagement Lead, Microsoft Philanthropies
NELSON JARRIN,  Grants Mgt. Associate, Post Award & Special Projects, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
SAMANTHA SHAIN Database Administrator, William Penn Foundation
TANISHA DAVIS,  Grants Manager, Archstone Foundation
TESS HANRAHAN,  IT Analyst, Hewlett Foundation
TRACI GANGL,  Manager of Information Systems, Charles K. Blandin Foundation
VAN ADAMS Grants Manager, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Applications for 2022

Applications for our 2022 cohort will open in June 2021. All current TAG members are invited to apply.

“As someone who works for a small organization, the Emerging Leaders Initiative has given me the space to network, collaborate, and receive mentorship and guidance. It has been so incredibly helpful to have someone I can bounce my ideas off of, work on my goals, and discuss various topics that come my way. I have truly valued my relationship with my mentor and hope it can continue past the ELI program.”

– Sarah Grady, Program and Grants Manager, Silver Giving Foundation 

Program Funders

The Emerging Leaders Initiative by TAG is made possible by grants from Atlantic Philanthropies as well as the generosity of our Sector Steward member organizations. Additionally, the Sector Steward membership is designed to demonstrate a commitment to sector-wide initiatives. Dues from the $10,000 Sector Steward membership include financial support for TAG’s Emerging Leaders Initiative as well as scholarships for our annual conference.

Thank you to our Sector Steward members:

  • Ford Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Knight Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation

About the Technology Association of Grantmakers

TAG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology in philanthropy to solve problems and improve lives. With over 2000 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG is the voice of technology in the philanthropic sector, providing technology professionals, tech funders, and “accidental techies” with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has built a global community, conducted groundbreaking research, and become an advocate for investment in tech infrastructure throughout the charitable sector. For more information, visit tagtech.org.