Sari Raskin Selected for Philanthropic Sector’s Premier Leadership Development Program 

SariThe Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is proud to announce that Sari Raskin, Director of Grants and Community Leadership at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, has been selected to participate in the Council on Foundations 2018 Career Pathways program. This intensive, year-long leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector's senior executives. Participants will graduate from the program with the knowledge, experience, and professional networks needed to be more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy more broadly, positioning them to compete successfully for senior-level foundation positions.

“I am looking forward to meeting colleagues and delving further into current and future challenges that exist in the philanthropy field. This program is very exciting because it offers the opportunity to better prepare myself as a future leader in the philanthropy sector,” said Raskin.

Career Pathways equips mid-career professionals at grantmaking organizations and other non-profit institutions to lead high-performing organizations and programs in the U.S. and around the world. Since launching in 2010, 81 percent of Career Pathways alumni are working at the senior executive level in philanthropic organizations across the world.

Over the course of a year, Raskin will delve deep into major issues facing philanthropic leaders; gain unprecedented access to a vast network of CEOs, trustees, search firm executives, and national thought leaders; attend virtual and in-person career trainings across the country; and are paired with an executive coach to advise and support them along their career path. 

“Career Pathways is a leadership incubator and reflects the Council’s steadfast commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in and beyond the field of philanthropy,” said Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Our 2018 cohort class raises the bar on talent, drive, and vision—and we are eager to begin engaging with our cohort and for them to be able to apply their new knowledge at their home institutions and in their communities.”

Career Pathways will convene four times across the country in 2018 and be hosted by several leading philanthropic institutions, including the CDC Foundation (January 22-24); The Skillman Foundation (August 1-3); and The California Community Foundation (November 7-9). The spring convening will take place in conjunction with the Council’s inaugural Public Policy Summit in Philadelphia April 11-13, 2018.

Career Pathways is supported by The Duke Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  For more information about Career Pathways, visit cof.org/CareerPathways.