Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) and Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), are pleased to announce that LaTosha Brown will become the Project Director for Grantmakers for Southern Progress. Grantmakers for Southern Progress is a funder working group of NFG, comprised of Southern and national funders who are committed to advancing progress in the outcomes, conditions, and opportunities for those who are least well off socially, economically, and politically in the South.
Ms. Brown is a native of the south and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She brings to GSP deep experience in philanthropy and her life-long dedication to advancing structural change and empowering marginalized communities in her native South. Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has distinguished herself as a trusted expert and resource and expert in community organizing, rural development and special programming for a number of national and regional philanthropies.
“We’re incredibly fortunate and satisfied to have someone with LaTosha’s relevant blend of philanthropic experience, community credibility and organizational skills. GSP’s mission to build, align, and leverage resources and learning for strategic structural change efforts in the South will be well served by Ms. Brown”, said GSP co-chairs Nat Chioke Williams of the Hill- Snowden Foundation and Flozell Daniels, Jr. of the Foundation for Louisiana.
Previously, Ms. Brown helped to found and served as the first Executive Director of the Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, where she oversaw the distribution of more than $2.5 million in re-granting funds for Gulf Coast community and coastal organizations.
As LaTosha writes, “It's an exciting time to be joining the NFG leadership team. The South is rapidly changing, the population is growing and innovative models are springing forward. I believe the work of Grantmakers for Southern Progress can catalyze philanthropy to deepen its understanding of the region, build stronger community relationships and increase investments in the South for lasting structural change.