PRE is directed by Lori Villarosa, who has worked within the field of philanthropy for more than 20 years. Prior to launching PRE, Lori was a program officer with the C. S. Mott Foundation, where she worked closely with numerous organizations operating at local, regional, national and international levels from a diverse range of approaches. She began working at Mott in 1991 and was instrumental in developing the Foundation’s U.S. Race Relations grantmaking portfolio, focusing on addressing institutional racism and building appreciation of racial and ethnic diversity. Until her departure in 2002, she was responsible for ongoing strategic planning, program development and evaluation of more than $24 million in new grants. Her portfolio covered a broad spectrum of community-based, academic, advocacy and research efforts at a time when a number of new approaches were emerging due to the changing demographics and post-Civil Rights Movement redefining of racial equity work.
Ms. Villarosa frequently serves as an advisor or presenter on a range of issues related to racial justice, intergroup relations, and philanthropy. She has worked closely with a broad range of grantmaking institutions including national, international, community, corporate, family, and progressive membership foundations. She currently sits on a number of boards, including the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, an operating foundation whose primary program is Everyday Democracy (formerly Study Circles Resource Center); the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, which focuses on youth organizing and public education; and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization, which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. She served on the Program Committee of the Association of Black Foundation Executives from 2002 through 2008; has been a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy; and served on the national board of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy from 1997 to 2003, as chair from 2000 to 200
Parys Grigsby is Operations Manager for the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE). With nonprofit experience in communications, operations, and administrative support, Parys will dedicating her skills to managing PRE’s daily operations and providing executive support to the organization’s Executive Director.
Parys’ professional history includes stints as an Executive Assistant, distance learning coordinator, and personal assistant to an Atlanta-based graphic designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, where she was honored as a McGill Fellow in 2012. Immediately prior to joining PRE, she was the Administrative Associate to the United Philanthropy Forum where she was introduced to work at the intersection of racial equity and philanthropy.
Parys looks forward to furthering her career in the racial equity and social justice spaces as a member of the PRE team.
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