Wednesday, April 9, 2014

African-American Foundation Leaders Celebrated in Detroit

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Eric Whitaker, Business Development Consultant, Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation; La June Montgomery Tabron,
President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit; Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE; and Thurman V. White, Jr.,
Chief Executive Officer, Progress Investment Management, LLC

DETROIT, MI – On April 4, 2014, ABFE saluted two African-American female foundation leaders at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. The ABFE Salutes series is a celebration to honor Black leadership at the highest levels of philanthropy.

La June Montgomery Tabron began her tenure on January 1, 2014 and is the first female and first African-American to lead the 83-year-old organization, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.  Throughout her 26-year journey from controller to executive vice president of operations and treasurer, she has provided strong and decisive leadership demonstrating an understanding of all aspects of the foundation and its legacy.

Tonya Allen began her career at the Skillman Foundation in 2004 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2010. The Skillman Board of Trustees appointed Allen president and CEO effective January 1, 2014.  She developed the Foundation’s 10-year $100-million Good Neighborhoods program, oversaw the Foundation’s main programs, communications and technology operations, and talent development. Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is committed to providing resources to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit. The event was sponsored by Progress Investment Management, LLC and Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

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Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit; Alandra L. Washington, ABFE Board of Directors,
Director of Quality and Organizational Effectiveness, Security Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Samuel Cargile, Ph.D., ABFE Board of Directors Vice President and Senior Advisor to CEO, Lumina Foundation; Toya Randall, Chair, ABFE Board of Directors and Senior Director of Community Initiatives, Casey Family Programs; Marcus McGrew, ABFE Board of Directors and Director of Grants Management, Kresge Foundation

ABFE is a membership based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership. To learn more, visit

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