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DANNESE MAPANDA, chief operating officer

As the Chief Operations Officer at The Gathering for Justice, Dannese Mapanda is committed to promoting justice in her life and work. Joining the Gathering in 2019, she has an extensive background in nonprofit program management, philanthropic strategy, grant and financial administration and partnership development throughout the US and the Global South. As a proven leader, Dannese previously served as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Executives’ Alliance for BMOC. The Executives’ Alliance helped raise $1.6 million over one year for the National Youth Alliance for BMOC, and also launched the “Ban the Box Philanthropy Challenge”, securing participation from 42 foundations eliminating employment barriers for people with arrest and conviction records.

Dannese has demonstrated her skills time and again through her work with the Ford Foundation, Tides Africa Fund, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a full-time consultant with Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm that serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She has also served as an independent consultant providing client-centered project management, content development and philanthropic strategy services for social change and justice organizations working with marginalized communities and as a Capacity Development Manager and Program Manager in Sub Saharan Africa for streetfootballworld, an NGO dedicated to development through football (soccer).

Dannese holds an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and a B.S. in business administration and finance from Auburn University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children, and regularly commutes to the Gathering’s office in New York.