There is participatory grantmaking, and then there is the approach to grantmaking that Diverse City Fund has committed to – an extremely inclusive process that doesn’t just consult communities but centers them as part of a true collective decision-making structure. A unique philosophical approach to community empowerment and systems change needs an Executive Director whose roots in organizing, nonprofit management, and advocacy run deep. Tamira Benitez is that leader.
Tamira has worked on behalf of communities of color for more than a decade. Through organizations such as the DC Coalition for Immigrants’ Rights and the Small Business Development Center, Tamira has helped communities make real gains in the areas of affordable housing and access to economic opportunity. She also brings policy experience from her most recent work with Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George. To top it off, she has also served on DC Fund’s Grantmaking Team.
Tamira knows her city, she believes in her communities, and she has the skills and drive to help Diverse City Fund deepen its impact in Washington, D.C.