Introducing Ruth LaToison Ifill, Interim President & CEO

Monday, July 13, 2020

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) Welcomes Ruth LaToison Ifill as Interim President & CEO

The Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruth LaToison Ifill as interim President & CEO to continue advancing our mission to bolster the effectiveness of philanthropy in the Greater Washington region. Most recently, Ruth served as CEO and founder of Aridai, a consulting firm in DC’s Ward 7, focused on promoting economic empowerment and participation through community-based partnerships and strategic advocacy.  Ruth also led national programming efforts to support the philanthropic sector in advancing racial equity at the Council on Foundations as Vice President of Culture, Talent and Equity.

Ruth is an accomplished learning and inclusion professional with more than 10 years of experience leading high-performing teams, with a focus on operational effectiveness, financial accountability and the integration of equity in organizational operations. Ruth’s experience and deep knowledge in organizational development and equity principles will help drive forward WRAG’s long-standing vision of creating an equitable region in which all can participate and prosper.  With her additional experience working with philanthropic institutions, the WRAG Board is confident in Ruth’s ability to lead WRAG during this interim period in our mission to improve the health and vitality of the region.

“I excitedly welcome the opportunity to advance WRAG’s vision as we look to our next chapter of becoming an anti-racist region,” said LaToison Ifill. “It’s been my life’s work to bravely co-create equitable and sustainable cultures. That work has never been more important or profound than it is today. I look forward to tackling these challenges alongside this organization’s incredible membership to achieve more just community impact.”

As we welcome Ruth, WRAG continues our commitment to learning, meaningful action and holding ourselves and our members accountable for being the change we want to see in the region:

  • Commitment to strengthening the organization and our membership – WRAG will continue to be a resource for our members where we convene leaders in the Washington region to collectively learn, share best practices and develop solutions to important societal issues, such as education, health, affordable housing and structural racism.

  • Commitment to learning and action – Through our Affinity and Work Groups we will continue to foster important dialogue, connecting the WRAG network and our region's funders with each other around common areas of interest and action: Census 2020, Children, Youth, and Families, Healthy Communities, HIV/AIDS, Racism and Racial Equity, and Housing.

  • Commitment to fighting systemic racism – The Board remains committed, in partnership with the interim President & CEO and WRAG staff, to work internally and externally on racial equity, co-creating programs and ideas with partners in our community. Building on our Putting Racism on the Table learning series, launched in 2016, and WRAG’s extensive programming focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion, WRAG will continue to educate funders about the breadth, depth, and impact of structural racism and social injustice.

As a part of our ongoing commitment to embedding anti-racism into our funding strategies, policies, and practices, we look forward to furthering our strategic actions to advance racial equity within our organization, our membership and our networks, under Ruth’s leadership. Please join the Board and staff in welcoming Ruth to WRAG today.

Contact:  Carmen Rodriguez, Director, Administration, Communications & Human Resources   |   Phone: 202.716.8940