Grantmakers for Education is a national organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with staff located strategically around the U.S. We are a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to the fields of education and education philanthropy. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the organization, our work or the field of education grantmaking by calling 503.595.2100 or emailing inquiries to

Executive Director

Executive Director

Dr. Ana Tilton has more than 35 years of experience across the education spectrum including work as an educator, superintendent, consultant and philanthropic leader.  As the executive director of Grantmakers for Education, she works with hundreds of grantmakers and philanthropic organizations across the nation focused on supporting public education and resolving equity issues for all learners.

Prior to Grantmakers for Education, Ana was actively involved in launching the first GEMS World Academy K-12 School in the United States, bringing an international perspective of excellence to education in the US. In 2006, she was the chief program officer for the Communities Foundation of Texas, which resulted in the development of the largest public-private network of early college high school and STEM campuses in the U.S., dramatically increasing college readiness for low-income first generation students.

Ana is committed to equity and diversity in education, driven by her personal background. As a Latina, raised with an inner city urban education with immigrant grandparents and bilingual parents, she is particularly sensitive to the challenges faced by English Language Learners.

Ana received a doctoral degree in education administration and policy from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in multicultural/bilingual education from the University of Colorado, Denver. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Senior Operations Manager

As senior operations manager, Letitia manages operational procedures and practices across the organization. She also works directly with our impact groups and serves as liaison for the board of directors. She has more than 10 years of experience across the education spectrum including teaching, school leadership, teacher recruitment and development, and education policy. She has been an advocate for at-risk students and participated on committees to revise policies to impact student achievement. She is devoted to quality and equitable educational experiences for all students and is committed to supporting the work of organizations that champion those efforts.

Ana Tilton

Executive Director

Celine Coggins

Incoming Executive Director


Senior Operations Manager

Jessie Lea

Systems & Data Administrator

Caitlyn Malik

Communications Intern

Kyle Malone

Senior Manager of Partnerships

Paul Moon

Program Manager

Alessandra Piani

Membership Associate

Rebecca Smith

Communications Manager



Hannah Wang

Program Assistant