Our Board

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

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

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.

Greg Gunn

Greg’s mission is to ensure that Black and Brown people own our technological future.  As founder of Lingo Ventures, he makes early-stage investments in education and workforce technologies.  Greg also co-founded Wireless Generation (now called Amplify), a leading educational software company serving millions of students annually with groundbreaking assessment and instruction products.  He was named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2012.

Greg is the board chair of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and a director of Education Leaders of Color, FHI 360, Bridgespan, City Year, and Zearn, and is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago, a Master of Science in Management and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Leena Barakat

Leena is a Palestinian-American activist, philanthropist, strategist, and millennial mother of two. She’s spent the past decade of her career working across the grassroots, nonprofit and private sectors to bridge sectors, forge partnerships and advance the cause for racial, social and environmental justice globally. As Director of Strategic Partnerships, Leena leads the growth, development & engagement of new business across Tides’ full spectrum of partners and solutions. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Women Donors Network and is thrilled to join the BoD for Donors of Color Network to support its growth! Leena recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles to be closer to her family and can’t wait to connect with other DOCN members in the SoCal region. 

Kathleen Tait

Kathleen Tait is the immediate past Board Chair for the Center for Reproductive Rights and the current head of the strategic planning committee. The organization is the largest pro-bono law firm protecting women’s reproductive rights in the world. Kathleen’s commitment to the work of empowering women and girls was honed as she served on the Executive Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she served on nine committees, including Finance, Investment, Governance, Fundraising, and Southern Initiative. She also is the secretary of Planned Parenthood Global based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kathleen is a recent Board Member of the Retreat, a women and children’s shelter on the East End of Long Island. She has been a fundraiser for Jack and Jill of America, Metropolitan Chapter and Village Community School (VCS).


She was a Vice President and Co-Portfolio Manager of a growth equity fund with over $1 billion in assets under management. Ms. Tait worked on a firm-wide Diversity Task Force at J.P. Morgan, which resulted in policies that helped to retain women and minority employees.

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