Executive Director Leadership Transition


An Important Announcement from Grantmakers for Education:
Executive Director Leadership Transition

After a successful five year term, Dr. Ana Tilton is stepping down as executive director of Grantmakers for Education (GFE). Grantmakers for Education improves outcomes for all learners by serving as a trusted partner for all education philanthropists as they adapt to the changes impacting our world.

“I joined the organization keenly aware of—and passionately committed to—the critical role philanthropy must play in addressing issues of equity,” Tilton explained.  “It is now time to pass the baton with great confidence in our strong team. It has been a great honor to serve our membership alongside our dedicated board of directors, expert partners, and incredible staff. As we build momentum toward our annual conference, I hope we will seize opportunities to engage, challenge and collaborate!”

Over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Education has grown into the largest and most diverse consortium of education philanthropists in the nation. Founded in 1995 on the premise that collective insights, shared resources and constructive collaboration enable grantmakers to make more intentional and impactful investments, GFE set out to demonstrate the power of networks in affecting greater change. Today, Grantmakers for Education’s branches are as wide as its roots are deep. With a diverse membership of nearly 300 organizations and 1,400 individuals, Grantmakers for Education extends the reach and expands the influence of education philanthropy.

In her final year, Dr. Tilton is working with the board of directors to identify the organization’s next leader. Her remaining projects at GFE include increasing meaningful dialogue on equity in education at regional convenings and at this year’s conference, The Equity Journey: Investing in the Whole Learner.

“Ana brought incredible experience and perspective to GFE. From being an educator and grantmaker, to her identity as Latina and advocate for English Language Learners, she not only was able to take the organization to the next level but also pushed the field of education philanthropy to have critical conversations we were not having around race and equity. We are immensely thankful to Ana for her partnership and the work she has done to grow this organization,” said Cristina Huezo, current chair of the Grantmakers for Education board of directors, and program & policy officer for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

The board is conducting an executive search for Dr. Tilton’s replacement with support from Koya Leadership Partners, a leading national executive search firm that works exclusively with mission-driven clients. To learn more about the opportunity, please email GFE@koyapartners.com. Note: the firm is no longer accepting new applications for this position.

For further inquiries about GFE, please contact Rebecca Smith, Communications Manager, at (503) 595-2100 or rsmith@edfunders.org.