BoardConnect: Race, Equity,
Diversity & Inclusion

Nonprofit organizations can reap substantial benefits from practices that support diversity in their boards. By including varied experience-based perspectives and competencies, nonprofit boards and staff leaders can gain the insights needed to make well informed decisions and avoid potential blind spots that can occur with a homogenous team.

Supporting Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is the first step for many organizations, but many nonprofits need a roadmap to achieve a more diverse board and transform their commitment into reality.

NonProfitConnect is addressing this need by collaborating with nonprofits on their journey to becoming anti-racist organizations. The NonProfitConnect Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Committee is working together with nonprofits to develop programs that can create more equitable nonprofit organizations and thereby better serve the community.

In the fall of 2021, NonProfitConnect will offer a series of interactive sessions for board members and executive directors to develop their organization’s EDI initiatives, enhance board governance practices, and thereby improve organizational performance. Hosted by an EDI expert, attendees will gain practical tools and support to move their organizations forward.

The EDI Advisory Committee members are:

  • Toni-Anne Blake, Antronix, NonProfitConnect Board Chair
  • Traslyn Butler, Princeton University, NonProfitConnect Board Member
  • Adriana Abizideh, Catalyst Consulting Group
  • Karen Andrade-Mims, The Father Center of New Jersey
  • Zoe Brookes, Oomen Brookes LLC
  • Dr. Bok Jeong, Kean University
  • Jeffrey Key, Nfinity Enterprises
  • Monisha Kumar, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch (Retired)
  • Chanelle Lester, The College of New Jersey
  • Yvette R. Murry, YRM Consulting
  • Dr. Rena Patel, Meridian Patents LLC, NonProfitConnect Board Member
  • Sasa Olessi Montano, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County
  • Sara Pena, Center for Hispanic Policy, New Jersey Department of State
  • Dr. Antonino Scarpati, The College of New Jersey
  • Sandra Toussaint, United Way of Greater Mercer County

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