Ciara Coleman is a philanthropist, advocate, and social change agent committed to improving outcomes for communities of color. She is currently the manager for equity and economic opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation, leading the team’s strategy and investments to increase financial income and assets for low-income workers. Before joining The Rockefeller Foundation, she spent a decade at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation working to advance equity across early childhood education, health and well-being, and economic security nationally and through place-based strategies.
In 2021, Ciara founded Geaux “Go” Girl Giving, a Black women-led giving circle and collective that invests in programs and organizations that center Black women and girls. Geaux Girl has distributed over $20,000 to 19 grassroots and Black women-led nonprofits across the New Orleans metro region to date.
Ciara is a former 2022 She Leads fellow through the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, 2020 ABFE Connecting Leaders fellow, 2018 PLACES fellow through The Funders Network, and a past member of the 2019 Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans giving circle. Ciara holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.