Five receive three-year philanthropy fellowships at area foundations

The Minnesota Council on Foundations has selected five people to be Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows for 2015, which means they’ll work with area foundations for the next three years.

The program, started in 2013, is designed to “prepare high-potential individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy.”

Those selected are:

  • Allison Johnson a community organizer with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, where she has worked across the Twin Cities to build support for affordable housing and stronger communities. She will join the Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
     
  • Aya Johnson, a community representative in the U.S. Congress focusing on immigration, foreign affairs, unemployment and outreach to communities of color. She has also served as a domestic violence advocate in St. Cloud and Blaine. She will join the Community Innovation team at the Bush Foundation.
     
  • Adrian Mack, program and curriculum director of STATURE, a leadership program designed to guide Minneapolis youth toward academic and career success. He also participates in several initiatives to engage the broader African American community. He will join the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation team.
     
  • Patrice Relerford, institutional support coordinator and grantwriter at People Serving People, a family-oriented shelter that provides emergency housing and community services to help homeless families achieve stability and reconnect with the community. She began her career as an education reporter at the Star Tribune and will join the Community Impact team at The Minneapolis Foundation.
     
  • Avi Viswanathan, who has the campaign director for HIRE Minnesota, a campaign working to achieve racial equity in employment. He lives with his family on the East Side of St. Paul where he is engaged in many community activities and has served on the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. He will join the Leadership Programs team at the Bush Foundation.

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