Foundation’s David Daniels Selected for Philanthropic Sector’s Premier Leadership Development Program

Bethesda, Maryland (January 12, 2017) — The Bainum Family Foundation is proud to announce that David Daniels, Senior Director of Operations, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations’ 2017 Career Pathways program. This intensive, year-long leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector’s senior executives. Participants will graduate from the program with the knowledge, experience and professional networks needed to be more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy more broadly, positioning them to compete successfully for senior-level foundation positions.

“At the Foundation, we are dedicated to our mission and to developing our staff to be champions and change agents,” says Barbara Bainum, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of the Bainum Family Foundation. “Just as we support the whole child, we encircle our staff members with the tools, resources and support they need to be productive and engaged. I am thrilled that, through this program, David has the opportunity to learn and grow with peers from other outstanding organizations. This experience will be beneficial to David and to the Foundation as a whole.”

Daniels, who joined the Foundation in 2012, is responsible for David Circleoverseeing the implementation and operational activities of all programs and initiatives. Prior to that, he was a school principal and administrator in Maryland and Ohio. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Franklin University and a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia Union College, and is pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from Wilmington University.

The Council is committed to a diverse and inclusive agenda for the field of philanthropy. Career Pathways is just one program in a suite of activities offered by the Council that is focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Through the Career Pathways program, the Council seeks to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in the leadership pipeline and strengthen the capacity of the philanthropic sector to grow and retain diverse talent.

Other members of the 2017 Career Pathways class include:

  • Maggi Alexander, Partner, Center for Global Philanthropy, The Philanthropic Initiative
  • Joe Braun, Director of Finance & Development, Fond Du Lac Area Foundation
  • LaTese Briggs, Director of Programs & Strategy, Milken Institute
  • Felicia DeHaney, Director of Education & Learning, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Duchesne Drew, Community Network Vice President, The Bush Foundation
  • Kay Fernandez Smith, Assistant Vice President, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Desiree Flores, Director, U.S. Social Justice Program, Arcus Foundation
  • Brennan Gould, Director of Programs, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
  • Leslie Gross Davis, Program Director, Equality, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations
  • Leah Hamilton, Director of Education, The Barr Foundation
  • Makeba Hill, Deputy to the President & Chief Planner, The Andrew W Mellon Foundation
  • Karin Krslovic, Grants Manager, Ford Foundation
  • Ling Liu, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
  • Karissa Lowe, Knowledge & Data Manager, Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Meron Makonnen, Director of Legal Services, The ELMA Philanthropies Services US Inc.
  • David McGhee, Program Director, The Skillman Foundation
  • Marcus McGrew, Director of Program Operations and Information Management, The Kresge Foundation
  • Pooja O’Hanlon, Executive Director, Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation
  • Jennifer Price-Letscher, Director, Programs & Special Projects, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Prasangi Ranaweera, Senior Portfolio Manager, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Melina Sanchez, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Rochelle Witharana, Controller/Director of Finance, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Johngerlyn “Jonse” Young, Director of Philanthropic Services, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

To learn more about the Career Pathways program, please visit

Career Pathways is made possible thanks to generous funding support from The Duke Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


About the Foundation

The Bainum Family Foundation combines proven expertise with a passion for supporting the whole child by providing integrated services to help them thrive. Our circle of collaboration includes investments and support in early learning, wrap-around services and knowledge building. Founded in 1968 by Stewart and Jane Bainum, the Foundation has helped underserved children exit poverty through high-quality educational programs and services for nearly 50 years. For more information, visit

About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.