Team

Grantmakers for Education is a national organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with staff located strategically around the U.S. Our staff is a dynamic team of professionals dedicated to the fields of education and education philanthropy. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the organization, our work or the field of education grantmaking by calling 503.595.2100 or emailing inquiries to information@edfunders.org.

Executive Director

Ana
Tilton
Executive Director

Dr. Ana Tilton has more than 35 years of experience across the education spectrum including work as an educator, superintendent, consultant and philanthropic leader.  As the executive director of Grantmakers for Education, she works with hundreds of grantmakers and philanthropic organizations across the nation focused on supporting public education and resolving equity issues for all learners.

Prior to Grantmakers for Education, Ana was actively involved in launching the first GEMS World Academy K-12 School in the United States, bringing an international perspective of excellence to education in the US. In 2006, she was the chief program officer for the Communities Foundation of Texas, which resulted in the development of the largest public-private network of early college high school and STEM campuses in the U.S., dramatically increasing college readiness for low-income first generation students.

Ana is committed to equity and diversity in education, driven by her personal background. As a Latina, raised with an inner city urban education with immigrant grandparents and bilingual parents, she is particularly sensitive to the challenges faced by English Language Learners.

Ana received a doctoral degree in education administration and policy from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in multicultural/bilingual education from the University of Colorado, Denver.

LETITIA
DOWLING
Executive Assistant

As executive assistant, Letitia supports our impact groups and works directly with our executive director on scheduling. She has more than 10 years of experience across the education spectrum including teaching, school leadership, teacher recruitment, and developing teachers to work with at-risk students. She has been an advocate for at-risk students and participated on committees to revise policies to impact student achievement. She is devoted to quality and equitable educational experiences for all students and is committed to supporting the work of organizations that champion those efforts.

Ana Tilton

Executive Director

Portland, Oregon

atilton@edfunders.org

Nicole Bereczki

Accounting Clerk

nbereczki@edfunders.org

LETITIA DOWLING

Executive Assistant

ldowling@edfunders.org

Tina Gridiron

Senior Strategic Engagement Consultant

tgridiron@edfunders.org

Jessie Lea

Systems & Data Administrator

jlea@edfunders.org

Kyle Malone

Senior Manager of Partnerships

kmalone@edfunders.org

Paul Moon

Program Manager

pmoon@edfunders.org

Alessandra Piani

Membership Associate

apiani@edfunders.org

Rebecca Smith

Communications Manager

rsmith@edfunders.org

HEIDI STARKS

Controller

hstarks@edfunders.org

Hannah Wang

Program Assistant

hwang@edfunders.org