program officer

Mertz Gilmore Foundation

    trellis stepter serves as program officer for the Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s  Democratic Values and Climate Change Solutions programs.  trellis brings 15 years’ experience working on racial, social, and economic justice policy in the public and philanthropic sectors. trellis served as the program officer for Money in Politics at the Piper Fund, a funder collaborative and initiative of the Proteus Fund. In 2011, he was selected to participate in a yearlong distinguished fellowship program at the Proteus Fund to engage diverse and entrepreneurial leaders to enter the field of philanthropy. Previously, trellis worked in public service in both the executive and legislative branch. He served as Director of Government Affairs for the Secretary of Transportation in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. He also served as chief of staff to the Assistant Majority Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Originally from New Orleans, trellis is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division.

    More 2018 Convening Planning Committee

    Kim Anderson

    Democracy Alliance

    Jenifer Fernandez Ancona

    Women Donors Network

    Sadie Hansen

    Colorado Democracy Alliance

    Anita Khashu

    NEO Philanthropy

    Leah Pryor-Lease

    Proteus Fund

    Melissa Spatz

    Piper Fund

    Uma Viswanathan

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation