The Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Lavastian Glenn Promoted to Vice President of Programs

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Lavastian Glenn Promoted to Vice President of Programs

We are delighted to announce that Lavastian Glenn has been named vice president of programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF). In this expanded role, Lavastian will provide leadership and guidance for designing, implementing, and executing programmatic strategies that advance our vision, mission, and values. She will be a critical partner to the President and CEO, senior leadership, and board, especially as NCF embarks on the next phase of our strategic planning process in 2022.  

“Lavastian has made invaluable contributions to NCF’s programmatic work, including our grantmaking, mission-aligned investing, and other community investments,” said our President and CEO Kavita N. Ramdas. “She leads with integrity, authenticity, and a deep commitment to the communities and issues we care about. I look forward to working with her in this next chapter seeking to advance intersectional racial, economic, and environmental justice.”  

Lavastian joined NCF in 2018 as the director of racial and economic justice, and in 2021, she added senior director of programs to her title. She also brings nearly two decades of experience leading racial and economic justice through community-based problem solving and philanthropic strategy across the South.  

Prior to joining NCF, Lavastian was the program director at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (MRBF) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, she led a significant portfolio that brought together funders, community partners, and nonprofits to envision, design, and implement programs that build power, wealth, and racial justice in communities.  

Lavastian currently serves on the steering committee of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a collaboration of funders that advocates for increased investments in the South for racial, gender, and economic justice across the region.  

“I am excited and honored to lead our talented and committed program team, and partner with senior leadership and the board to shape the work of the foundation,” said Lavastian.“Together, I believe we can do truly transformative work that centers equity and justice, lives into our values, and leads to real, positive impact.”  

Congratulations, Lavastian! 

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