Michael Castens, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

TITLE: Grants & Operations Manager

 FOCUS AREAS: Education, economic development, and racial/social/economic justice in Arkansas

CONTACT: (501) 918-4060, MCastens@wrfoundation.org

PROFILE: Michael Castens is the grants and operations manager at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Casten’s foundation bio shares:

I chose philanthropy because: Philanthropy serves as a catalyst for positive change and unites people and communities. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

I Won't Eat: Hominy, under any circumstances.

One word to describe Moving the Needle: Critical

Three people at your dream dinner: Jim Lovell, John McEnroe, and Marc Forster (space travel, tennis, and movies — all my favorites in one place).

As the Grants & Operations Manager for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Michael works primarily with the Chief Operating and Financial Officer, as well as the Foundation’s Vice President to ensure an ongoing connection between the strategic plan and its day-to-day operations. He is primarily responsible for providing critical administrative, grants management, logistical, and office management support.

Michael has close to ten years of experience in administrative and operations management and most recently worked as a Research Assistant for the Office of Campus Life at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His career includes volunteer service to Heifer International’s Heifer Ranch learning center in both education programming and volunteer placement. Michael has also had leading roles in management and customer service. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has traveled extensively in Western Europe and the former Yugoslavia.