Sandra McAlister Ambrozy, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Human Services

FUNDING AREAS: Vulnerable community services, poverty, economic stability, public policy research

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PROFILE: Prior to joining The Kresge Foundation in 1982, Tufts University graduate Sandra McAlister Ambrozy worked at the Boston Children's Museum and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Her foundation bio shares:

Sandra McAlister Ambrozy is a senior program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program. She joined Kresge in 1982 and has served in many roles during her time at the foundation.
With more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, Sandra has developed expertise in human services, arts and culture, green building initiatives and civil legal aid. She helps shape and refine grantmaking for the Human Services Program so Kresge’s philanthropic dollars are used effectively to advance innovative, multi-sectoral policy solutions in human services and foster the next generation of human services organizations. In particular, she helps nonprofit leaders structure their organizations, adapt to evolving forces in the field and access resources.  
Sandra was named as a 2016 Presidio Institute Fellow and is participating in the fellowship program to build cross-sector leadership skills to address complex social challenges. She also serves on the Steering Committee providing guidance and oversight to the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST).
Her work has been recognized with six Wilmer Shields Rich Awards from the Council on Foundations for creating transparency and accessibility in Kresge’s communications. Sandra also coordinated the Partnership to Raise Community Capital, a national initiative for community foundations. From 2008 to 2016, she served on the board of the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
A U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited professional, Sandra was part of Kresge’s Green Building Initiative to encourage nonprofits to design environmentally sustainable facilities. She also served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning Grant Program in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to coming to Kresge, she worked at the Boston Children’s Museum and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities in Boston. Sandra is a graduate of Tufts University. 
 

Alexander von Furstenberg, The Diller-von Furstenberg Foundation

TITLE: Director 

FUNDING AREAS: Education, community reform, environmental advocacy, disease research, child care, arts and humanities, and human rights

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PROFILE: Alexander von Furstenberg serves as a Director of the Diller-von Furstenberg Foundation. His foundation shares:

Alexander von Furstenberg is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ranger Global Advisors. He previously served as Co-Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer of Arrow Capital Management, LLC, a private investment firm focused on global public equities which he established in 2003. Since 2001, Mr. von Furstenberg has acted as Chief Investment Officer of Arrow Investments, Inc., the private investment office which serves his family. Mr. von Furstenberg is also a Partner of Diane von Furstenberg Studio, LP. 

Mr. von Furstenberg serves on the board of directors of IAC, a U.S.-based internet conglomerate, and is on the board of W.P. Stewart & Co., Ltd., a Bermuda-based asset management firm.  In addition to the philanthropic work accomplished through his position as a Director of The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Mr. von Furstenberg also serves on the board of directors of Friends of the High Line.  He is a graduate of Brown University.

R. Matthew Simon, Helen V. Brach Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts, youth services, environment, homelessness, secondary education, higher education, and human services

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PROFILE: R. Matthew Simon serves as president of the Helen V. Brach Foundation. He also serves on the board of the Red Cloud Indian School, where his offcial bio shares:

Mr. Simon is President of The Helen Brach Foundation. He practiced law for more than 25 years with Chicago law firm of Simon & Griseta. He also served as a member and as the chairman of the Civil Service Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for a period of 13 years. He also served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee for a period of 10 years. The Committee certifies candidates seeking admission to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is the immediate past president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four children and live in Chicago. He is a member of the Finance Committee.

Vy Nguyen, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Director of Special Projects and Communications

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Vy Nguyen serves as director of special projects and communications at the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Vy Nguyen joined Weingart Foundation in 2008 as Program Associate, and currently serves as Director of Special Projects, working on special projects that fall outside of the Foundation’s typical responsive grantmaking. Before entering philanthropy, she worked for more than a decade in the nonprofit and public sectors, most recently for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and, prior to that, for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance. Vy holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Belen Vargas is vice president of programs for the Weingart Foundation, where her bio shares:

Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. Belen is a graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program. She serves on the boards of directors of Southern California Grantmakers and The Durfee Foundation. In addition, she is a regular instructor with Southern California Grantmakers' "Fundamentals of Grantmaking" program. Belen joined Weingart Foundation in July 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate, responsible for formalizing and managing the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. She was promoted to Program Officer in 2003, and Senior Program Officer in 2007. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations, and then subsequently as Vice President, Grant Operations. In 2014, she assumed the role of Vice President, Programs, where she oversees the Foundation’s grant strategy and planning, communications, and overall program assessment.

Fred Ali, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

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PROFILE: Fred Ali serves as president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, where his bio shares:

Fred began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village. Over the next 19 years, he held a number of key positions in Alaska including deputy director of the State Employment and Training Agency; president of Kuskokwim Community College; and vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1991, Fred became the executive director of Covenant House in Los Angeles. Under his leadership, Covenant House California developed into a large, multi-service program working with homeless and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Oakland. Fred Ali has more than 35 years of senior management experience with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Fred was elected president of Weingart Foundation in June 1999 and named chief executive officer of the Foundation in 2006. He serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. He previously served as board chair of Southern California Grantmakers. Fred also serves as chair of the board of advisors for The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, University of Southern California and as a senior fellow for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He speaks regularly on issues pertaining to the nonprofit sector including equity, sustainability, organizational effectiveness and capacity building.

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