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Alesha Washington
Alesha Washington

Alesha Washington is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. In her role, she leads efforts to ignite transformational philanthropy to invest deeply in efforts to advance racial equity, shared prosperity,...

President and CEO , Seattle Foundation

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Alice Mei
Alice Mei

Alice leads relationships with funders using CEP’s assessments. She designs data collection instruments, analyzes quantitative and qualitative data, writes reports, and presents insights, with a particular focus on custom engagements. She is also the key point person...

Manager, Assessment and Advisory Services

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Alyse d’Amico
Alyse d’Amico

Alyse is focused on ensuring CEP is a great place to work and is responsible for the recruitment, training, and management of employees. She also works closely with the President on a variety of strategic initiatives. From May 2011 – August 2014, Alyse served as...

Vice President of People and Culture; Advisor to the President

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Amber Bradley
Amber Bradley

Amber leads relationships with hundreds of funders using CEP’s assessments and customized advisory engagements, particularly funders based in the US West. Amber also directs CEP’s Funder Learning Networks, bringing together diverse groups of foundation staff for...

Director, Learning Institute

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Amy Keith
Amy Keith

Amy Keith supports the administrative aspects of the Learning Institute team and the San Francisco office operations.  Prior to joining CEP in 2024, Amy served as the events and engagement coordinator and development associate at The...

Administrative Assistant, Learning Institute

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Anthony Richardson
Anthony Richardson

Anthony became president of The George Gund Foundation in 2022. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as executive director of The Nord Family Foundation in Amherst, OH, where he previously served as an associate director and program officer. Before working in...

Chair, Board; CEO, George Gund Foundation

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Austin Long
Austin Long

Austin leads relationships with hundreds of funders using CEP’s assessments and customized advisory engagements. He also leads external outreach and collaboration efforts, as well as internal operations for the assessment and advisory services team at CEP. Austin is a...

Senior Director, Assessment and Advisory Services

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Ayeko Vinton
Ayeko Vinton

Ayeko provides daily financial operations for CEP. She manages receivables and payables and works to streamline the department’s processes. Prior to joining CEP in 2019, Ayeko worked for a small IT consulting firm west of Boston and brings to CEP a flair for systems...

Associate Manager, Finance and Operations

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Birch Beaudet
Birch Beaudet

Birch, former Executive Director of the Wilburforce Foundation, led the Foundation’s program and administrative teams to implement the Foundation’s strategic framework. Birch originally joined Wilburforce in 1999 as Program Officer for Evaluation, and served as...

Former Executive Director, Wilburforce Foundation

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Carly Marchioni
Carly Marchioni

Carly supports the vice president of assessment and advisory services and supports survey process administration for CEP assessments. Prior to joining CEP in January 2016, Carly worked as an administrative assistant in pharmaceuticals and worked in several...

Associate Manager, Operations, Assessments and Advisory Services

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Caroline Altman Smith
Caroline Altman Smith

Caroline Altman Smith is deputy director of The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. She supports the team’s domestic grantmaking, which funds higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that work to help more underserved students enter and...

Deputy Director, Education Program, The Kresge Foundation

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Chloe Heskett
Chloe Heskett

Chloe supports the Programming and External Relations team’s marketing and external communications. Prior to joining CEP in 2021, Chloe worked as an editor and content creator for an admissions consulting firm. While there, she took advantage of her remote-first role...

Senior Writer, Editor & Content Strategist, Programming and External Relations

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Christina Im
Christina Im

Christina supports the research team at CEP in designing studies, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and writing reports. Prior to joining CEP in July 2022, Christina graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Sociology and minors in Creative...

Senior Analyst, Research

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Dashary Martinez
Dashary Martinez

Dashery supports the Finance and Operations team with daily tasks and operations. Prior to joining CEP in August 2021, Dashary served as a Community Engagement Manager at Boston College where she worked closely with organizations and schools in the city of Mattapan....

Coordinator, Finance and Operations

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Della Menhaj
Della Menhaj

Della leads relationships, analyzes data, produces reports, and presents assessment findings to CEP clients. She is an experienced project manager and helps lead the Assessment and Advisory Services team’s development and maintenance of its data-processing and display...

Manager and Data Systems Lead, Assessment and Advisory Services

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Don Chen
Don Chen

Don Chen (he/him) is the President of the Surdna Foundation, a national family foundation dedicated to fostering sustainable environments, inclusive economies, and thriving cultures. He leads the century-old foundation’s efforts to strengthen and further leverage its...

President, Surdna Foundation

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Donovyn Pickler
Donovyn Pickler

Donovyn oversees designing, maintaining, and improving data tools and pipelines utilized by both CEP and YouthTruth. Prior to joining CEP in December 2022, Donovyn wore many hats from analytics platform engineer to robotics lab assistant, stagehand, and bartender....

Data Systems Engineer, Assessment and Advisory Services

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Doug Keller
Doug Keller

Doug develops partnerships with educators that help them harness student and stakeholder feedback to accelerate improvement. Prior to joining YouthTruth in 2021, Doug helped to build a community for youth writing in New Orleans as the founding executive director of...

Partnerships Lead, YouthTruth

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Elisha Smith Arrillaga
Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Elisha manages CEP’s Research team, leading the creation, development, analysis, and release of various research projects and initiatives relevant to the philanthropic sector’s most pressing issues. Before joining CEP in 2023, Elisha was a faculty fellow and professor...

Vice President, Research

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Elissa Koh
Elissa Koh

Elissa helps the Client Services team foster an excellent experience for school and district clients during all stages of their engagement with YouthTruth. Prior to joining YouthTruth, Elissa worked in direct services as an advocate for domestic violence victims in...

Coordinator, Client Services, YouthTruth

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