Greg is managing director of place-based investments and grants at The Rockefeller Foundation. As a member of the Equity and Economic Opportunity team, Greg works to help low-wage workers achieve economic stability and build a path to economic mobility using the levers of public policy and private investments. His current portfolio includes more than $50 million committed to support The Foundation’s Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative, National Opportunity Zones Academy, US Equity-First Vaccination Programs, and The Rockefeller Foundation Opportunity Collective. These investments support building on tax and social investment policy, implementation, and regulatory efforts to create a system that rewards work, not just wealth; and, democratizing asset ownership that enables economic security by directly addressing capital access gaps facing Black, Brown, rural and tribal communities.
Greg brings a host of valuable skills and experience to his work at the Rockefeller Foundation. His previous positions include model code coordinator for the national Dignity in Schools Campaign and federal field organizer at the Campaign for Youth Justice where he provided technical assistance and support to seven states on policy campaigns to end the practice of trying and sentencing young people as adults. He worked as program officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock where he maintained a portfolio of grants and grantee relationships within a multi-million dollar congregation-based social justice-funding program. Greg also worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he served as a member of the Mississippi and New Orleans team, based in the foundation’s Jackson, Mississippi office managing a portfolio of nearly 140 grants totaling more than $90 million USD. Prior to becoming a professional practitioner of philanthropy, Greg worked as a community organizer and community attorney.
In 2020, the Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards honored Greg as Philanthropist of the Year for his commitment to equitably distributing resources to underserved communities. And, in February 2021, Greg as named a NexGen 10 in Philantrophy, Art & Culture for his commitment to advocate for change, social reform, the power of art, and the betterment of humanity.
Greg is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, and Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS.