The Association of Black Foundation Executives has selected Danielle Deane, a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to be one of ten foundation officers in the nation to participate in its annual leadership program.

The yearlong Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting black communities through philanthropy. 

Deane directs the Hewlett Foundation’s New Constituencies for the Environment program, whose goal is to broaden the environmental movement in California. She holds a B.A. in political economy with a concentration in environmental studies from Williams College and an M.S. in environment and development from the London School of Economics.

The fellows’ yearlong experience will feature mentoring from seasoned grantmakers, organizational development experts, and executive coaches to help them become more effective in their institutions and in the philanthropic community. Each fellow will be assigned a leadership coach as part of the program. 

The other fellows are Cedric Brown, grants director, Mitchell Kapor Foundation; Sharon Bush, program officer, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Joelle-Jude Fontaine, program officer, A. L. Mailman Family Foundation; Tracey Greene-Dorsett, director of learning and evaluation and program officer, National Rural Funders Collaborative; Danista E. Hunte, senior program officer, Baltimore Community Foundation; Wendy Lewis Jackson, program director, Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Sharnita Johnson, program officer, The Skillman Foundation; Chad Uhlenhopp Jones, board member, Resource Generation; and Nicole R. Robinson, senior manager, Focused Giving, Kraft Foods, Inc.