Data Drives Equity in Nonprofit Talent and Leadership Development

Session materials from PEAK2019.

Foundations can advance nonprofit capacity building and sector-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals by considering equity when supporting grantee talent and leadership development. These investments are critically needed. Foundations dedicate only 1 percent of grant dollars to leadership development. This lack of investment significantly affects people of color, who, for more than a decade, have represented less than 20 percent of nonprofit executive directors/CEOs. The Kresge Foundation piloted its “Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership” program in 2017 to foster stronger, more diverse talent and more equitable organizations. Hear from Kresge about the work and success of this program. Identify ways grants management professionals can use data, insights, and grant reporting to make the case for investing in talent and leadership. Leave with examples, tools, resources, and concrete steps for advancing talent and leadership development, with an equity lens, in your organization.

Participants will learn about:

Using an equity lens to increase investments in nonprofit talent and leadership

Resources to inform investments in talent and leadership development

Leveraging data, including data on DEI, in conversations about equity-focused investments in talent and leadership development

Katie Byerly

Program Officer

The Kresge Foundation

Katie W. Byerly is a program officer at The Kresge Foundation. She advances the Health Program’s grantmaking strategies, using cross-disciplinary and community-engaged approaches to promote health equity. She joined the foundation in 2016 as the inaugural health philanthropy fellow.

Previously she served as managing director of, developing tools and resources for federal, state, and local public health practitioners working to counteract the impact of tobacco product sales and marketing. She also worked as a local public health department field assignee through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program.

A native of North Carolina, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joyce Holliman

Program Operations and Information Management Associate

The Kresge Foundation

Carla Taylor


Community Wealth Partners

As a director at Community Wealth Partners, Carla Taylor partners with senior foundation and nonprofit leaders and provides oversight for strategic capacity building engagements. Carla has 20 years of experience developing and managing capacity-building initiatives to help accelerate results for social sector organizations with a focus on advancing equity. She previously served at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, FHI 360, and the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, among others. Carla holds a Master of Science in community services management from Andrews University and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
  • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.