Jeannie Park, Co-CHair
Jeannie Park has been an advocate for diversity and for the Asian American community throughout her 22 years as a journalist and now as a nonprofit leader. She is a former executive editor of InStyle and of People, one of the world’s most successful publications, and was one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in magazines. She was founding president of the Asian American Journalists Association in New York, developing and promoting diverse leadership in the news business. She is a board member of the Korean American Community Foundation, co-founding its annual Giving Summit. She is co-founder of the multi-ethnic Coalition for a Diverse Harvard and president of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, with 7,000 members. She is a member of the Council for the Schlesinger Library, the largest collection of U.S. women’s history. She lives in New York City and is the mother of two young adults.
Ronald C. Parker, CO-Chair
Ronald C. Parker is the former President/CEO of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), an organization representing global black CEOs, senior executives and corporate board members of Fortune 1000 and global 500 organizations. During his tenure as President/CEO, the organization achieved outstanding growth in several strategic areas including membership, corporate partnership, and program development. He is most noted for the creation of the NextGen CEO Academy, powered by Deloitte; the creation of the C-Suite Academy, developed in partnership with McKinsey; and for guiding the Corporate Board Initiative, yielding a significant increase in the number of black executives serving on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies. Also, Parker has contributed to numerous leadership development programs targeted towards the growth of the mid-level global talent pipeline.
Prior to The ELC, Parker was with PepsiCo for nearly 30 years and retired from his position as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Labor Relations and Global Diversity & Inclusion. During his time at PepsiCo, Parker served in a number of positions across multiple functions including field operating and corporate staff roles.
Iara Peng (she/her) is the Founder and Executive Director of Prism. Iara has worked in nonprofits for over 20 years, building new programs and organizations within the sector and supporting emerging leaders. Prior to founding Prism, she launched JustFund.us an innovative online portal that connects funders directly to organizations to help move resources more quickly while facilitating greater trust, transparency, and accountability across funder communities.
Early in her career, she worked to build the progressive leadership pipeline and started Young People For, a national progressive leadership development program that has identified and trained thousands of leaders across the country. She holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University, where she studied public administration and nonprofit management. She has served as a strategic consultant and on the boards of dozens of nonprofits and is currently a board member of Donors of Color Network and on the advisory board of She the People and Girls Crushing It.
LOLA C. WEST
Having had five careers, I’ll just speak about the last: For almost a decade of her successful career, Lola served as a wealth advisor with Merrill Lynch and a senior partner of LWF Wealth Management Group. Since 2010, she continues to advise progressive clients and institutions on how to build a vision for the future and directs the achievement of results-oriented financial goals and aspirations as Co-Founder/Managing Director of WestFuller Advisors LLC. Lola is active in the New York City community as a board member for NYWF (New York Women’s Foundation), Donors of Color Network, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, The 3R’s, and True North; serves on nominating committee for Roosevelt Institutes Four Freedom Award and the BCF’s(Brooklyn Community Foundation) Spark Prize Committee. She is committed to ensuring the community of people of color work together to create a world of equity in philanthropy, justice, education and economics….to name just a few.
Theo Yang Copley
Theo Yang Copley is a trainer for the non-profit, Class Action. She has done trainings at conferences and on college campuses on socioeconomic class and the racial wealth divide, social justice philanthropy and philanthropy in communities of color. Theo has worked with many organizations including the Astraea Foundation, Resource Generation, Asians and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. She attended St. Paul’s School and Oberlin College and is currently a third year acupuncture student. She is also a partner in a family business selling contemporary art.
Armando Castellano is an arts advocate and philanthropist who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a professional musician and bilingual teaching artist who plays the French horn, performing and teaching internationally. He sits on 3 boards including as a founding board member of the Donors of Color Network. Additionally, he is a second generation family member and trustee of the Castellano Family Foundation, a community embedded foundation funding Latino serving and lead nonprofits throughout the region, as well as championing DEI and cultural competency within the philanthropic field at large.