Ganga Dharmappa is the community outreach manager, providing outreach and training throughout the Bay Area and Western United States. For more than a decade, Ganga has led training, capacity-building, and development efforts within the nonprofit sector, and she has focused on increasing access and safety for marginalized and underserved communities. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Ganga worked at the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco and Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts. Ganga holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a short fiction writer and occasional poet. In her spare time, she also serves as a postpartum doula for newly expanded families.
Tenaja is a career nonprofit professional with 10 years of experience in providing and managing direct human services. She most recently served as center director with the YMCA of Greater NY. Prior to that, she worked at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Education Services (CASES) and Fortune Society. She came into the nonprofit field inspired by personal experiences and has spoken and written about them in such venues as New York magazine, Colorlines magazine, Blavity, and the New York Women’s Foundation’s annual Celebrating Women Breakfast. Tenaja served on the board of directors of the Hetrick Martin Institute: New York from 2009-2014, is a founding board member of the Hetrick Martin Institute: New Jersey, and regularly volunteers with local human and social services nonprofits. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from CUNY York College and earned her master of public administration degree from the CUNY Baruch College School of Public Affairs’ Executive Program.
Michael Lang is the master of all things related to in-person and online course registrations and customer service. Since 2008, Michael has worked to increase the capacity of our training team to offer the social sector relevant and timely training programs in a variety of mediums. When he’s not connecting nonprofit professionals to the information and resources they’re looking for, Michael is an avid book collector and fish monger.
Kim Buckner Patton oversees Foundation Center’s Northeast region including our New York and Washington, DC, regional centers. Prior to her current position, she designed and delivered training programs and curriculum for Foundation Center geared toward developing and expanding the leadership and capacity of nonprofit organizations both domestically and abroad.
Prior to joining Foundation Center in 2007, Kim worked as a nonprofit director, fundraiser, and grantmaker for more than 20 years with organizations such as Hawaii Public Television, the Council on Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She received her J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her B.A. in Communications from the University of Cincinnati.
At Foundation Center, Brian connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. He conducts trainings and special programming designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. He also developed and manages a popular series called Rising Tide, which explores innovation for good and philanthropy’s role in catalyzing meaningful change. Brian is a Cleveland native with a strong love of the city and is committed to its social sector. He has experience in direct service as a City Year Corps member in Cleveland participating in a year of service. Brian has a B.A. from Xavier University in international studies and has studied in Austria and France.