PROVIDENCE, RI -- Angela Bannerman Ankoma has been
appointed a vice president of the Rhode Island Foundation. The Providence
resident will lead the Equity Leadership Initiative, which is one
aspect of the Foundation's broad, 3-year, $8.5 million plan to eliminate
inequality and racial disparities and promote inclusion and diversity. Ankoma
will also serve as a member of the Foundation’s leadership team.
“Angela will work across and within departments at the
Foundation to maximize this effort’s impact, and will recruit and steward a
community advisory committee to assist in developing the Equity Leadership
Initiative,” said Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation. “One
effort of the Equity Leadership Initiative will be to identify, cultivate,
mentor and seek access and opportunity for individuals who identify as Black,
Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous and Asian, from across sectors, to help build a
pipeline of future leaders in established positions of influence throughout the
Ankoma has nearly 25 years of public policy and health
policy experience. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Director of
Community Investment, at the United Way of R.I., where she served as a member
of the executive team and led the organization’s grant-making, public policy,
government relations, research and evaluation activities.
Previous to the United Way, Ankoma was Chief of the Office
of Minority Health at the state Department of Health (DOH), where she
implemented the Minority Health Plan for Action; and was Co-Director of DOH’s
Health Equity Institute.
“I am pleased to join the Foundation’s team and lead this
effort,” said Ankoma. “Community foundations have a rich history of community
leadership. I am enthusiastic about the Foundation’s leadership in advancing
racial equity by addressing the underlying, long-standing structures and
systems that perpetuate racism and injustice. I am excited to support the next
generation of industry leaders – bank presidents, hospital CEOs, and leaders in
academia and K-12 education; corporate executives, policy-makers, judges and
more – who are people of color.”
Ankoma has a Master of Science in social work and a Master
of Science in public health from Columbia University and a BA in Africana Studies
and Psychology from Connecticut College.
She joins the Foundation as it comes off a year of record
fundraising and grant-making. Over the past five years, the Foundation has
awarded more than $230 million in grants to thousands of nonprofits.
The Foundation focuses on three strategic priorities:
educational success, economic security and healthy lives. In addition, it also
supports arts and culture, basic human needs, the environment and housing among
other sectors through its responsive grants program.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most
comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with
generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $47 million and awarded
$56 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing
issues and needs of diverse communities in 2019. Through leadership,
fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals
and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true
potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.