Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) founded in 2010, is a network of funders who are committed to fostering thriving communities in the Southern United States, by advancing structural and cultural change that result in equitable outcomes. GSP’s overall goal is to help achieve significant and sustained progress in the economic, social, and political outcomes of those who are least well off economically, politically, and socially in the South.
Tamieka Mosley serves as Director for Grantmakers for Southern Progress in Atlanta, GA. Prior, she served as the Deputy Director for Southern Partners Fund for four years and before that was program officer for the foundation. For the past 20 years Tamieka has worked in the south serving grassroots and community-based organizations. She has committed her career to providing strategic management to institutions that have a mission focused on leveraging resources toward the development and sustainability of marginalized communities in the Southern United States.
Eboni Brown is the Administrative Coordinator for Grantmakers for Southern Progress. She serves as the direct support for the office team and liaison with the GSP Steering Committee. She is an Administrative Professional with over 10 years’ experience and holds an MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Management and Public Administration. Eboni enjoys actively volunteering in her community and when time allows, diving into a good book.
Simone Bonnejonne is the Membership Manager of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, where she cultivates new and current members, and creates intentional engagement opportunities. Previously, Simone served for several years as the Member Engagement Manager of Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs, GA. Simone is passionate about pursuing equity for all, and is a member of the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Black-Jewish Coalition and Junior League Atlanta. She is also a Board Member of the Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity (SOJOURN GSD). In her free time, Simone enjoys volunteering, baking, and exploring Atlanta with her friends and family.
Highlander Research and Education Center
Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele has been Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center since 2017. Raised in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina, he was born into a family of educators, farmers, secretaries, salesmen, veterans, hotel managers, social workers, and small-town Protestant church folk of the southern Piedmont and South Atlantic coast. His movement work has focused on connecting people and grassroots communities to one another through high school and college education, faith and spiritual leadership, and organizing on a range of front-lines throughout the US South, Appalachia, and globally. He is committed to figuring out how people and organizations transform together and how rural and small-town people can work together to build powerful movements. Allyn is ordained clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his spouse, Erin, and their child, Ursa.
Four Freedoms Fund
Anita Khashu is the Director of NEO Philanthropy’s Four Freedoms Fund. Founded in 2003, the Four Freedoms Fund (FFF) is a national funder collaborative that strengthens the capacity of the immigrant justice movement to ensure all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, have dignity, power to shape change, and agency to determine the quality of their life, community, and future. Prior to joining FFF, Anita worked as a nonprofit lawyer, manager, and philanthropic advisor in the United States, Latin America, and Africa, managing large and complex nonprofit programs, providing direct legal services, conducting research, and providing strategic consulting services to nonprofits and philanthropies. Anita was the founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration, a scholar in residence at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and a a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York in its criminal practice. Anita serves as a founding board member for the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, A.C.) and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
Black Belt Community Foundation
Felecia Lucky is the President of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama. The Foundation was established to support community efforts that builds on the strength, innovation, and successes in twelve of Alabama’s poorest counties – the Black Belt. Lucky’s favorite African proverb…
“To do something for us, instead of with us, does nothing for us at all.”
It is with this mindset that this Alabama native works to transform the community with creative and astute investments in the areas of environment, health, human services, education, youth, arts and culture, and economic and community development.
The Latino Community Fund
Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza, Founding Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) is a social entrepreneur with almost two decades of experience in strategy, planning and operations.
Under her leadership and since 2017, the LCF Georgia has brought to the state the Delivering on the Dream collaborative table investing in immigrant leadership development, civic participation and legal protections, has secured and regranted over 2.5 million dollars to Latinx-led and Latinx-serving organizations and has been a leading voice advocating for equitable and fair investments, representation and dignity for the Latinx and immigrant communities in Georgia.
Gigi is the past chair for the Women’s Feminist Health Center, a Hispanics in Philanthropy fellow and a recipient of many local, regional and national awards.
United Way of Greater Atlanta, Co-Chair
Katrina is an experienced and respected leader with more than 20 years of experience working on a national and regional level. She has worked in the non-profit, philanthropic and public sector. She currently serves as the Chief Community Impact Officer at United Way of Greater Atlanta and is responsible for leading United Way’s Child Well Being Impact Fund, co-leading the Greater Atlanta COVID Response and Recovery Fund and launching the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund. Katrina is also the recipient of Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship, Association for Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellowship, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Results Based Leadership Program and Leadership America Class of 2018. After receiving a B.A. in English from Wellesley College, Katrina earned a M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Nathan Cummings Foundation, Immediate Past Chair
Lavastian Glenn serves as the chair of Grantmakers for Southern Progress and has volunteered with GSP since 2010. Lavastian is the Director, Racial and Economic Justice at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a national family foundation, based in New York. With decades of experience leading racial and economic justice through community-based problem solving and philanthropic strategy in the South and nationally, Lavastian has used her various roles to champion increased and equitable support for Southern movement infrastructure and justice oriented organizations working to advance racial and gender equity. Prior to joining NCF in 2018, Lavastian served as program director at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, NC, a critical partner in the development of GSP.
Marco Quiroga has a long history as an advocate for the LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial justice movements. Marco is the Founder and Director for Contigo Fund, the first and only LGBTQ+ Latinx fund in the United States and largest LGBTQ+ participatory grantmaking organization in the US South. Contigo launched in the aftermath of the horrific 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando to support the immediate recovery and healing of those impacted and advancing the long-term transformation taken root by building power for historically marginalized LGBTQ+ communities in the region, particularly Latinx individuals, immigrants, and other people of color. His commitment is a direct result of his own life experiences as an undocumented and queer person of color, including family separation through deportation, poverty, unstable housing and homelessness.
Climate and Gender Justice Fund, Co-Chair
Melanie Allen comes to the fund from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation where she launched the organization’s Energy Equity portfolio and managed relationships and grant making in South Carolina. Melanie is fiercely committed to supporting leadership across the South. With 12 years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Allen has considerable experience facilitating community-based solutions that ensure those most affected by policy are centered in the decision-making process. She also has a strong background with community development projects in many sectors, including conservation, affordable housing and workforce development. Melanie is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina currently residing in Durham.
Southern Partners Fund
Teumbay (Tee) Barnes brings more than 15 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, policy, grassroots leadership development, journalism, and higher education to her work. A passionate childcare and sexual assault prevention advocate, her philosophy is “creating change begins within.”
Tee holds a communications BA from Alabama State University and a master’s in post-secondary education from Troy University. She is also a 2010 graduate of the National Women’s Law Center PLAN (Progressive Advocacy Leadership Network), a 2011 fellow of the Inaugural Class of Greensboro Justice Fund Fellows at the Highlander Center, and a graduate of the Leading by Example Leadership Program and she serves as an Adjunct Instructor.
Leverage Philanthropic Partners
Will Cordery is an Advisor & Consultant with Leverage Philanthropic Partners; a social impact firm working to advance justice by providing capacity building to foundations, nonprofits and high net worth individuals striving for progressive social change. He is also a Director of Liberated Capital—A Decolonizing Wealth Fund, a trustee of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, and a member of the Economic Justice Advisory Committee for Nonprofit Quarterly. Will has extensive leadership experience in institutional philanthropy, community advocacy and social movements for advancing racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQI rights, and progressive public policy.