Baltimore Community Foundation selects Laurie Latuda Kinkel to lead grantmaking, communications and strategy work in Baltimore City and County
September 05, 2019
Baltimore (9/05/2019) — Today, the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) announced the hiring of Laurie Latuda Kinkel as vice president of strategy. She will play a vital role in leading and shaping the foundation’s community investment, communications and public policy advocacy.
As VP of strategy, Kinkel will manage the foundation’s community investment and communications teams. She will also lead the ongoing implementation of BCF’s new grantmaking strategy, which focuses on the intersection of neighborhoods and schools. Additionally, she will spearhead the development and implementation of the Foundation’s community engagement strategy, specifically as it relates to the Foundation’s programmatic investments and its commitment to race, equity and inclusion. She will also manage and implement the Foundation’s public policy advocacy agenda.
“I am delighted to welcome Laurie Latuda Kinkel to BCF,” says Shanaysha Sauls, BCF President & CEO. “Laurie rose to the top as a smart, versatile, experienced and highly capable leader. She is a quiet, strong and respected professional in Baltimore’s philanthropic community. Her knowledge of Baltimore, coupled with her communications, advocacy and management experience show credibility, consistency and impact. Her reputation, humility and instincts are well vetted. She will serve BCF well.”
Kinkel joins BCF with an extensive background in nonprofit management and grantmaking in Baltimore. Most recently, she served as program officer at the Goldseker Foundation, where she oversaw nearly 350 grants totaling more than $22 million and managed an annual grant portfolio of more than $4 million. Previously, she served as both grants and program administrator and diocesan strategy manager for Catholic Relief Services, and was an analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She holds a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton.
“I am thrilled to join the Baltimore Community Foundation, including its many donors, stakeholders and staff, at this moment of launching a new strategic plan,” says Kinkel. “I see the strength and resilience of the people of Baltimore every day. BCF’s intentionality about bringing community and donors together to grapple with the challenges of under-resourced schools, disinvested neighborhoods and structural racism is some of the most important work happening in our region today. I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to work with such committed partners.”