Philanthropy Post-Graduate Fellowships

The Partnership

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and CSSL offer a unique opportunity to provide recent graduates in business and policy an introduction to philanthropy. The shared vision for this partnership is to strengthen the future of philanthropy by providing next generation leaders the opportunity to engage with philanthropic leaders and work with a grantmaking team impacting diverse issues and populations.

Through a competitive application process, Program Analysts are selected for the paid positions which can vary in duration. The Analyst will perform analytical studies on a variety of policies, projects, programs and issues. This fellowship provides extensive training, professional development, a strong network, and access to view the world of grantmaking at one of the largest foundations in the world.

Current Analysts

Diana Garcia

Children, Families, and Communities Program

Diana joined the Children, Families, and Communities Program at the Packard Foundation as a Program Analyst in June 2018. Her interest in the overall well-being of children and families stems from her experience in NYC as an early childhood teacher. Prior to joining the foundation, Diana worked on a variety of projects related to program evaluation and development of community-based health interventions. She is committed to improving the health and well-being of marginalized communities using a systems wide approach. Diana graduated from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health from the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education department and a certificate in Maternal and Child Health. She also holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Genora Givens

Conservation and Science Program, Climate, Agriculture

Genora joined the Conservation and Science Program at the Packard Foundation as a Climate Program Research Analyst. Genora primarily works with the Bioenergy, Palm Oil, and Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation Strategy teams on monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Genora was an Environmental Grantmakers Association Fellow at Clean Water Action researching the impact of oil and gas production on U.S. water quality and quantity. Her interests include land use law and watershed protection, as well as the development of methods to incorporate understandings of social vulnerability and inequity into analysis of geographic risk and watershed management and planning.

Shiyu Rachel Wang

Conservation and Science Program, Oceans

Rachel joined the Conservation and Science Program at the Packard Foundation as a Program Research Analyst. Her interests lie in improving global sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, protecting coastal wetlands, and enhancing environmental justice for underrepresented communities. She provides research and analysis to inform and evaluate the Ocean Strategy Framework. She also supports China’s ocean NGO capacity building by engaging with grantees and developing workstreams. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachel served the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, working for the National Fisheries Service, Office of Aquaculture. Trained as an ecologist, Rachel received her M.S. from the University of Georgia, studying the carbon exchange in the salt marsh estuarine ecosystem. She also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Ocean University of China.

Previous Analysts

Anitra Smith

Children, Families, and Communities Program

Anitra Smith joined the Packard Foundation as a Program Analyst with the Children’s Health subprogram. Anitra is particularly interested in health equity and improving the health and wellbeing of families. She researches and synthesize information related to health care coverage, access, and systems of care for California and the nation. The analysis Anitra provides informs the Foundation’s strategic direction on policy and advocacy. Prior to joining to the Foundation, Anitra worked in health care delivery systems on performance improvement and population health initiatives. Anitra holds a Master in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S in Human Development from the University of California, Davis.

India Alarcon

Children, Families, and Communities Program

India Alarcon is joining the Packard Foundation as a policy analyst for the Children, Families, and Communities Program.  India has a deep commitment to social justice and strives to advance the social sector by empowering organizations with effective, innovative, and adaptive research that can positively impact the communities they serve. She is passionate about early childhood policy and has significant expertise in the areas of early childhood education, development and health; K-12 education; child welfare; health inequities; housing disparities; and policy advocacy.  India comes to the Foundation with over seven years of professional consulting experience at LFA: Learning for Action, a San Francisco based consulting firm, where she managed a variety of evaluation, research, and organizational capacity-building projects for numerous social sector organizations. India holds a BS in Economics from Saint Mary’s College and a Master in Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.

Kate Chadwick

Local Grantmaking Program

Kate Chadwick was a Program Analyst with the Local Grantmaking Program at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Kate worked on all aspects of local grantmaking including due diligence and grantee engagement, as well as special projects. Prior to joining the Foundation Kate served as a research coordinator with Visa Inc., where she drafted a recommendation on how the company should organize around humanitarian aid. Kate spent ten years working both domestically and internationally in the non-profit and humanitarian aid sectors, including with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the American Red Cross (ARC), and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Kate holds a Master of Development Practice from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from The Colorado College.

Justina Acevedo-Cross

Justina Acevedo-Cross

Children, Families, and Communities

Justina Cross researches and synthesizes information related to children’s health insurance, preschool, and summer and afterschool extended learning opportunities for California and the nation. The analysis Justina provides helps to inform the Foundation’s strategic direction related to policy and advocacy. Prior to joining the Packard Foundation, she worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years as a communications professional, most recently at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment. She has served as a policy consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CFED, and Net Impact together with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Justina received her Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Scripps College.

Katherine Murtha

Local Grantmaking

Katherine worked at the Packard Foundation developing a tool to annually assess community need for a range of funding areas. She also identified ways for foundations to leverage big data, foster collaboration, and improve transparency for mutual learning. Katherine graduated from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy with a Master of Public Policy in 2013 and earned her BA in Economics and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College.

Jennifer Shipp

Children, Families, and Communities

Jennifer Shipp worked with the Children, Families, and Communities Program where she performed research and analysis, prepared written reports across the grantmaking strategy, and engaged with grantees and on an RFP process. She is currently working with the Foundation’s Office of the General Counsel and is engaged on a variety of special projects around grantmaking compliance and Foundation policy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer worked as an corporate finance attorney in both New York and San Francisco. Since then, she has volunteered and consulted with local nonprofit organizations and a County Office of Education to perform policy analyses focused on increasing physical activity for children in Oakland, CA and improving professional development for elementary school teachers. Jennifer holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from Howard University School of Law, and a B.B.A. from Emory University.

Pilar Mendoza

Children, Families, and Communities

Pilar worked on a range of projects including advancing high quality preschool, summer learning and afterschool opportunities for California’s children and increasing access to children’s health coverage nationwide. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Advancement Project, a nonprofit public policy organization, where she conducted a series of community needs assessments and helped to develop a comprehensive youth gang violence prevention strategy and for the City and County of Los Angeles. Pilar holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a BA in History from Swarthmore College.

Jessica Mancini

Local Grantmaking

Jessica previously worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting and most recently worked with social enterprises including REDF and Rubicon National Social Innovations in a business development capacity. She has also served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Namibia where she was a high school teacher and managed the construction of village kindergartens. Jessica holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

The Experience

“Working with a diverse group of leaders, both grantees and Foundation staff, has strengthened my understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by nonprofits and the unique role philanthropy plays in the nonprofit sector. I have appreciated the opportunity to use the strategic, financial and analytical tools I strengthened while at Haas to have a significant impact on our local communities. The opportunity to engage with experts in philanthropy, organizational effectiveness and evaluation at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has been invaluable as I consider the next steps in my career in the nonprofit sector.” Jessica Mancini, Senior Program Analyst, Local Grantmaking