Staff

Lori Villarosa
Executive Director

Lori Villarosa is the founder and executive director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), which has had the mission of increasing the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism since 2003.

Villarosa has been a pioneer working at the intersection of racial justice and philanthropy for more than 28 years, deeply engaging with hundreds of funders at the community level, regionally, nationally and internationally, to advance the use of a structural racism lens in their grantmaking and effectively align their internal practices to sustain such a lens.  PRE’s board of racial justice leaders and other movement partners strengthen the capacity of funders through PRE’s conference workshops, Racial Justice Funder Labs, direct consultations, coaching, research and through PRE publications, such as the Guide to Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens.

Prior to launching PRE, Villarosa worked at C.S. Mott Foundation for 12 years, where she was instrumental in developing and managing the foundation’s portfolio to explicitly address institutional and societal racism, which was a rarity for a national foundation in the mid-1990s. She has experience as a racial justice change agent from multiple positions within the sector, including service on several foundation boards (currently chairing the Edward W. Hazen Foundation board) and in leadership roles in the past with ABFE, AAPIP (as a past Chair), COF’s Committee on Inclusiveness, and currently on United Philanthropy Forum’s Racial Equity Committee and the steering committee of CHANGE Philanthropy, where PRE is a core partner.  In addition to foundation and PSO boards, she has served on the board of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, among other nonprofits.

Parys Grigsby
Administrative & Project Manager

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.

Rinku Sen
Senior Fellow

Rinku Sen is a writer and social justice strategist. She is formerly theExecutive Director of Race Forward and was Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines. Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes of recent years, including Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, and many more outlets changing their practice. She was also the architect of the Shattered Families report, which identified the number of kids in foster care whose parents had been deported.
Her books Stir it Up and The Accidental American theorize a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other systems. As a consultant, Rinku has worked on narrative and political strategy with numerous organizations and foundations, including PolicyLink, the ACLU and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She serves on numerous boards, including the Women’s March, where she is Co-President and the Foundation for National Progress, publisher of Mother Jonesmagazine.
 

Michael Quan
Finance Consultant

Michael Quan comes to PRE with over eighteen years of financial and accounting experience. He served as the Director of Finance & Administration for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (a project of Tides Center). At ITPC, he revamped the organization’s financial reporting structures, improved budget controls, and was involved in a wide range of strategic planning and internal initiatives. Because of his work at ITPC, he was eagerly brought on board at Tides Center as a project controller supervising a caseload of over 30 fiscally sponsored projects. In addition to PRE, Michael currently serves as the Finance & Operations Manager at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Michael has served on the board of directors for APICHA Community Health Center and received a Bachelors in Accounting from Baruch University. When Michael isn’t balancing debits and credits, he loves  to spend time practicing martial arts, surfing, and meditating.

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