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Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Announced, After Year-Long Program Hiatus

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 — The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is excited to announce the 2021-22 cohort of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders!  “After a yearlong hiatus brought on by COVID-19we are ecstatic to bring ENLP back to Richmond’s nonprofit community.  We’re confident this year’s cohort can look forward to a curriculum that equips them to lead no matter the circumstances,” shared Scott Andrews-Weckerly, Community Engagement Manager for the Community Foundation.


 The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic 9-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the metro Richmond area. In this engaging program, participants can foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues.


Now in its 15th year, the program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of talented leaders for the future of the Greater Richmond community.  Participants engage in sessions on topics including trauma-informed leadership, change management, organizational strategy and much more.  After graduating from the program, participants are supported by an alumni network and continued learning and leadership opportunities. 

Selection Process 

Nonprofit applicants were selected through a competitive application process that assessed their potential to make a meaningful future contribution to the nonprofit community and a substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector.   

“We’re so grateful to the ENLP Alumni readers who selected this year’s cohort.  The applicant pool was robust, which reflects the program’s preeminent role as a leadership development program for mid-career nonprofit professionals.  The cohort selected is exceptionally well-qualified; represents a wide range of lived and professional experience; and is particularly strong in the Foundation’s focus areas of Community Vibrancy, Economic Prosperity, Educational Success, and Health & Wellness. We’re thrilled to be spending the year with this group of leaders,” Andrews-Weckerly said. 


Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Cohort 14 

  • Lakeshia X. Allen, Director of Programs, Assisting Families of Inmates
  • Leslie Beard, Housing Resource Line Supervisor, Partnership for Housing Affordability
  • Shawn Balon, Executive Director, Storefront for Community Design
  • Elizabeth Earnest, Program Director, Training Classes and Workshops, SPARC
  • Laura Easter, Chief Operating Officer, Elk Hill
  • Isabel Eljaiek, Manager, Research, Data & Analysis, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
  • Heather Fortune, Program Manager, VICAP and BEC, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging
  • Laura Hite, Development Manager, CodeVA
  • Laura Jones, Associate Director, ReEstablish Richmond
  • Katy Latimer, Director of Development, Rx Partnership
  • Forrest Lodge, Program Manager, Sportable
  • Jennifer Maddux, Director of Education & Community Engagement, Richmond Performing Arts Alliance
  • Jennifer Patterson, Women’s Emergency Shelter Program Manager, CARITAS
  • Tanesha Powell, Academic Program Manager, Blue Sky Fund
  • Anika Richburg, Programs and Operations Manager, SAARA of Virginia
  • Michael Rogers, Continuum of Care Director, Homeward
  • Virginia Santos, Property Manager II, Better Housing Coalition
  • Erin Steigleder, Education Manager, Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Katelynn Sundheim, Director of Development, Special Olympics Virginia
  • Julianne Tripp, Operations & Development Manager, Oakwood Arts 

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