NCF Welcomes Lavastian Glenn, Director, Racial and Economic Justice


The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) is pleased to announce that Lavastian Glenn will join the Foundation as its Director, Racial and Economic Justice. In her new role, she joins the Foundation’s leadership team working to advance solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality. Glenn brings nearly two decades of experience leading racial and economic justice through community-based problem solving and philanthropic strategy across the South. She will begin her position on November 1, 2018.
Most recently, Glenn served as Program Director at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which works to alleviate poverty and increase social and economic justice in 11 Southern states. There, Glenn 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.
Prior to joining the Babcock Foundation, Glenn served as Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN), a grassroots support organization in North Carolina. During her tenure, she expanded NBN’s program activities beyond neighborhood grantmaking to include grassroots organizing, leadership development through the Neighborhood Institute for Community Leadership, technical assistance/project development support, and simultaneous English-Spanish language translation. Before NBN, Glenn served in program roles at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth County and at Grosvenor Neighborhood House.
Glenn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Wake Forest University and participated in a number of local, regional, and national trainings, including NeighborWorks, the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, Crossroads' Dismantling Racism, the North Carolina People’s Coalition on Giving, the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellowship (2007), and the ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship (2012). She currently serves on the board of Neighborhood Funders Group and as a co-chair of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a collaboration of funders that advocates for increased investments in the South for structural change and equitable outcomes for low-wealth communities.