TITLE: Director of Special Initiatives
FOCUS AREAS: Health, poor and needy individuals
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PROFILE: Tracey Greene-Washington is the director of special initiatives at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. She has been with this funder since March 2017. She previously worked as a program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in charge of community economic development. She joined Reynolds in 2011. Greene-Washington has been the founder of CoThinkk since September 2014 and on the board for the Center for Leadership Innovation since January 2007.
Her LinkedIn summary shares the following information:
Tracey Greene-Washington's experience in community economic development has served as a foundation for her strong commitment to targeting systemic change in disenfranchised communities. Mrs. Washington currently serves as the Program Officer for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, leading community economic development initiatives. In addition to this role, she is the Founder of CoThinkk, a giving circle comprised of African-American and Latinx members that are committed to improving the economic mobility, leadership development, education narrative of communities of color in Western North Carolina. She also serves as the Principal for Nexus Point Consulting, a consulting group that is dedicated to accelerating change through innovative strategies and partnerships.
Summary of Qualifications:
•Senior-level leader with sixteen years of professional experience in philanthropy and the non- profit sector;
•Career track record for making tough decisions, taking calculated risks, and driving organizations to be more progressive and have greater collective impact;
•Exceptional experience addressing complex issues and leading high level, long-term place-based projects and special initiatives;
•Highly analytical and strategic thinker with the ability to balance intuition and evidence;
•Agile leader, able to engage and influence thought leaders at multiple institutional levels;
•Demonstrated collaborative management style that is committed to building a pipeline of next generational leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector;
Specialties: Philanthropy, leadership development, strategic planning, facilitation, program management, program design and evaluation, community economic development, rural community development, policy analysis, learning agenda's, research, and next generation/succession planning initiatives.
An announcement of her hiring at KBR shared:
In this newly created Trust position, Tracey will lead the strategic implementation of the foundation’s two major long-term efforts—Healthy Places NC, focused on improving the health of 10 to 12 rural counties, and Great Expectations, an early childhood initiative working to help Forsyth County’s youngest children be prepared for success in school and life by the time they finish kindergarten. She will work closely with the Trust team, including the vice president of programs and the program officers, to coordinate the work and move the strategic vision for the initiatives forward.
Both Healthy Places NC and Great Expectations are 10-year, place-based initiatives that aim to make long-term changes in the communities the Trust serves. Driven by community concerns, the special initiatives are designed to respond to specific community needs, engage unlikely partners in the work, and focus on changes in the systems that impact people’s day-to-day lives. Through Great Expectations and Healthy Places NC, the Trust team is working to carry out Mrs. Reynolds’ vision of improved health and quality of life for all residents, especially those who have been marginalized.
“At the Trust we know that poverty and poor health outcomes are intertwined issues that impact a community’s ability to be healthy and thrive. Tracey’s deep experience in community economic development paired with her work in rural communities is an ideal fit for the Trust’s special initiatives,” said Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Trust. “Tracey understands that health is more than health care; that listening to community is critical to success; and that we must try innovative approaches if we want to make sustainable, long-term change in the communities we serve. We are very excited for Tracey to oversee this critical place-based work.”
Since joining the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) nearly six years ago, Tracey has led and redefined the focus of the Foundation’s Community Economic Development portfolio. She was instrumental in creating a strategy to address the statewide racial and gender wealth gap in North Carolina. She also spearheaded significant projects and conversations to develop strategies to address asset poverty and shape ZSR’s investments in community development finance institutions and the evolving manufacturing sector.
When the community economic development sector experienced significant cuts in state appropriations, Tracey played an important brokering role to help the sector adopt a strategic focus that meets the changing needs of communities. She has been a tireless advocate for communities, and her efforts have helped community leaders reposition themselves and fulfill the missions of their organizations.
Before joining Z. Smith Reynolds in 2011, she served as the program officer and director of learning & evaluation for the National Rural Funders Collaborative (NFRC) for 10 years, focusing on systemic change initiatives in rural communities of color. In her role, she oversaw the evaluation, research, grantmaking, policy and capacity building activities of the organization, while also supporting the implementation of philanthropic initiatives in the South, West, and Northern Plains. Prior to her tenure at NRFC, she served as the director of technical assistance & training with the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations where she provided support to over 45 community development corporations across the state.
A native of Asheville, Tracey serves as the board chair for the Center for Leadership Innovation and is the former vice chair for the Southern Rural Development Initiative. She is also the founder of CoThinkk, a giving circle comprised of African-American and Latinx members who are committed to improving the economic mobility, leadership development, and education narrative of communities of color in Western North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She currently resides in Concord with her husband and son.
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