Leadership & Partnerships

FCI Chair

Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones

Long Island Community Foundation

FCI Vice Chair

David Martinez III

Vitalyst Health Foundation

2030 FCI Leadership Team

Leadership Team members representing state and local philanthropic institutions from across the country:  

  • Chair: Sol Marie Alfonso-Jones, Long Island Community Foundation (NY) 
  • Vice-chair: David Martinez III, Vitalyst Health Foundation (AZ) 
  • Christian Arana, Latino Community Foundation (CA)
  • Matthew L. Evans, United Philanthropy Forum (DC)
  • Meredith Higashi, Philanthropy Northwest (WA, AK, ID, MT, OR, WY, HI) 
  • Kiki Jamieson, The Fund for New Jersey (NJ) 
  • Allan Oliver, Thornburg Foundation (NM) 
  • May Yang, Minnesota Council on Foundations (MN)
  • Additional members TBA 


  • Jocelyn Bissonnette, FCCP Special Projects Director
  • Jenna Patel, FCCP Program Coordinator 
  • Terri Ann Lowenthal, FCI Senior Census Consultant 

Thank You to the 2020 Census FCI Leadership Team!

  • Christian Arana, Latino Community Foundation
  • Cindy Canary, CKCanary Consulting
  • Elena Conley, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Xiomara Corpeno, Groundswell Fund
  • Meredith Higashi, Philanthropy Northwest
  • Ed Kissam, WKF Giving Fund
  • XP Lee, MN Council on Foundations
  • Dawn Melchiorre, Forefront
  • Scott Nielsen, Arabella Advisors
  • Allan Oliver, Thornburg Foundation
  • Maggie Osborn, United Philanthropy Forum
  • Stephania Ramirez, California Community Foundation
  • Christine Reeves Strigaro, Sapelo Foundation
  • Melina Sanchez, The James Irvine Foundation
  • Jonathan Tran, The California Endowment
  • Tara Westman, The California Endowment


FCI Staff

Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup

Foundation leaders came together in 2015 as the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup to develop a strategy that aims to achieve a full and accurate count. The strategy, embraced by stakeholder groups and funders alike, has three primary components:

  1. Policy improvements that address topics such as census funding and the shift to a largely online census;
  2. Get Out the Count (GOTC) effort to support education and outreach to encourage historically hard-to-count households to complete the census;
  3. Bringing new voices to the table, including funders, businesses, faith-based groups, and state and local governments.

The Census Subgroup also established the Census Equity Fund to support planning and outreach in states with high proportions of historically undercounted populations and relatively few government or philanthropic resources.

United Philanthropy Forum

The United Philanthropy Forum (the Forum) and the Funders Census Initiative (FCI) are committed to a fair and accurate 2020 Census. The Forum and FCI, in helping to carry out the Census Subgroup’s Plan of Action, work collaboratively to mobilize philanthropic support for the census at the national, state, and local levels.

The Forum’s census efforts focus on supporting and amplifying the work of its 69 member philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) – including FCCP – through programming, compiling resources, and policy advocacy.

FCI engages broadly with any funder or PSO interested in learning about census engagement, either independently or in collaboration with other funders. FCI manages the core census listserv to keep funders updated on emerging census issues, develops informational resources and programming to support funder engagement, and provides technical assistance to funders and PSOs investing in census work.