Dismantle Systemic Racism!

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund

NCF uses a three-pronged philanthropic approach to achieve our mission: respect-based grantmaking, culturally relevant capacity building, and fostering an ecosystem that supports robust racial equity and social justice outcomes for non-profit and foundation leaders.

This Is How We Fulfill Our Mission

In response to the dueling crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and murder of George Floyd, The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) was created as a funding and support resource for Black, Latino, and Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and non-profits. Together, we are addressing systemic racism and racial inequality, while fostering inclusion, representation, opportunity, and prosperity for Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities in Massachusetts.

NCF partners with champions, allies, and grassroots advocates who work within their communities to dismantle structural racism.

NCF amplifies the voices and efforts of underestimated and underfunded Black- and Brown-led organizations, connecting them to resources and each other within its five pillar areas: Policing and Criminal Justice Reform; Health Equity; Economic Empowerment; Youth Development; and Identity and Culture Narrative.

Beyond supporting those in our active portfolio, NCF works to build a broader ecosystem of leaders moving to dismantle systemic racism across the Commonwealth.

We Are a Coalition of Black and Brown

We are a coalition of Black and Brown executives who leverage our individual and collective resources to reform the power structures that have disproportionately under-funded and under-resourced communities and leaders of color for generations.

Join Us to Create Positive, Lasting Change.

Our Work Is ‘The Work’

Our Grant-Making Pillars

Economic Empowerment

NCF assists Black and Brown coalitions, organizations, and individuals in the development and implementation of effective asset-building and wealth-creation strategies.

Policing & Criminal Justice Reform

NCF supports community groups and coalitions working to implement policing policies and practices that deliver accountability, promote equitable outcomes, and eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline and mass incarceration of Black and Brown people. We also invest in social systems that promote public safety, offer domestic violence training, and support mental health workers.

Health Equity

NCF supports community groups (particularly Black and Brown-led) taking action to increase health literacy and equitable access to healthcare resources, increase the number of Black and Brown professionals working in healthcare, and improve the overall health outcomes of Black and Brown communities.

Youth Development

NCF supports community groups and coalitions in Black and Brown communities that work to eliminate disenfranchising civic practices and voting policies; increase youth empowerment and engagement; improve educational environments and outcomes; and reform inequitable school disciplinary practices that disproportionately affect Black and Brown youth.

Identity & Culture Narrative

NCF believes deeply that the arts are a critical portal for identity and culture narrations. We support creatives in a variety of mediums who uplift shared narratives and support artistic expression in Black and Brown communities.


New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund Grants Additional $3 Million to Over 50 Massachusetts-Based Organizations

Disruptive funding model will advance the impact-driven missions of Black and Brown-led non-profits across the commonwealth

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Our Unique Positioning

NCF’s comprehensive and holistic approach, which includes investment, capacity building, and ecosystem work that is grounded in deep partnership with nonprofit leaders, differentiates it from peer funders and, according to nonprofit leaders, is leading to different outcomes.


NCF is proximate, deeply authentic, and has created a safer than normal space for nonprofit leaders. NCF considers nonprofit leaders the experts in their fields and listens deeply to their perspectives; NCF’s leadership can connect with nonprofit leaders given their own lived experiences.


NCF co-designs with nonprofit partners through a respectful approach that puts nonprofit leaders at ease and fosters deep relationships. The partnership-based approach enables nonprofit partners to collaborate and innovate in ways they don’t otherwise have the time or resources to do.


NCF believes in its nonprofit leaders to hold themselves accountable and takes responsibility to ensure they have the tools to do so. NCF is not bound by calcified rules and decades of precedent – NCF is operating as an investor disrupting philanthropy from within, challenging the ecosystem to shift outdated practices with urgency.

  • Core to NCF’s strategy is amplifying the power of nonprofit leaders and their organizations
  • NCF supports nonprofit leaders holistically via its 3-pronged approach: grants, capacity building, and ecosystem work
  • NCF offers unrestricted grants to nonprofit partners and, for many, has also provided multi-year support
  • NCF is reducing the burden on nonprofit leaders by streamlining its application and collaborating with nonprofit leaders on impact reporting
  • NCF is committed to building community and meeting the needs of nonprofit leaders its 3-pronged approach: grants, capacity building, and ecosystem work
  • NCF was created as safe of a space for nonprofit leaders to collaborate

Why We Do It

NCF was born out of love, respect, rigor, determination and courage. We have come together in hope and power with a singular focus: disrupt and reform harmful, colonialistic power structures that have created generational economic and social inequities for Black, Latino, and indigenous peoples.






We The People

As advocates for economic equity, our leadership is committed to disrupting the status quo. We know that economic power and privilege continues to be unevenly distributed throughout our country. We aim to transfer this power to Black and Brown leaders and the communities they serve.

Displacing Systemic Racism with Access to Opportunity

Our founders put their money where their hearts were by raising the initial $20M. Now, we invite others to join us! Together, let’s render old, racist systems obsolete and replace them with wide-open thoroughfares of opportunity.

Our Team

Dr. Makeeba McCreary

President, New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF)

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Dr. Makeeba McCreary has been president of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund since September 2021.
Prior to NCF, she was the Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work expanded the MFA’s annual community celebrations and established the Black Arts and Artists Curators Circle. Makeeba also helped MFA curators integrate community voices into exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.
During the pandemic, Makeeba’s team created digital programming of the museum’s live exhibitions, receiving a Best of Boston award. Makeeba also implemented paid internship opportunities and student-curated exhibitions.
Prior to the MFA, Makeeba was Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs for Boston Public Schools. She was also founder and CEO of AbekaM Consulting and Educational Policy Consultant for Compass Consulting. Additionally, she sits on the Boards of Directors for a wide range of local organizations,
A native Bostonian, McCreary has a Ph.D. in education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Nadia Harden

Chief of Staff

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As Chief of Staff Nadia’s work focuses on leveraging collective capacity and team management to deepen current partnerships, manage resources, and strengthen collaboration and leadership.

Nadia joined NCF from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she was Sr. Manager of Audience Development & Engagement. In this role, she designed opportunities to engage new and existing audiences at the MFA by developing, supporting, and maintaining relationships with community and neighborhood organizations.

Prior to the MFA, Nadia served as the Campaign & Annual Fund Manager, and the Corporate & Community Engagement Manager for Boston Public Schools (BPS), Office of External Affairs. Her work focused on designing and executing engagement opportunities to increase individual, corporate, and institutional commitment to BPS. Nadia also managed the BPS Street Team, the district’s marketing and community engagement teen fellowship.

Nadia has also worked with Research for Action (RFA), performing policy research and as a Graduate Student Fellow with the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project in Philadelphia, PA.
Nadia has a B.A. in International Studies from Spelman College and her M.S. in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice.

Olivia Chin

Manager, Portfolio Impact and Capacity Building

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As Manager of Portfolio Impact for the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, Olivia works on general fund operations and program development/implementation. At University of Maryland, Olivia served as President of College Mentors for Kids, a national nonprofit mentoring program, which helped to solidify her desire to positively impact her community upon graduation.

Olivia graduated in May 2020 from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics, with a concentration in International Relations.

Lauren Bardsley

Development Consultant

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Lauren comes to NCF with years of experience in development operations, fundraising, and event management. Most recently, as the Development Director for the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, Lauren oversaw fundraising events, development communications, and corporate fundraising with focus on community and accessibility initiatives. Throughout her career, Lauren has worked with organizations including the Dimock Center, The Nonviolence Institute, Providence Student Union, and the National MS Society. She has a MS in Political Science and Public Policy from Northeastern University and a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.

Lilliam Doriscat

Director of Operations

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Lilliam joined NCF after serving as the Special Events Coordinator and Assistant to the Head of School at Boston Arts Academy. In this role, she coordinated and led in-person and virtual events during the school year while working with arts department chairs and school leadership on school-wide projects.

Prior to joining Boston Arts Academy, she served in several operations-based roles at Excel Charter High School and KIPP Massachusetts, where she handled work that took place outside the classroom, so teachers could focus on their work inside the classroom. She also supported the leadership team at KIPP and helped coordinate enrollment for 200-plus new students and all enrichment programming and events for more than 500 total students, in partnership with teachers across multiple schools.

At Boston City Hall, she worked at the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline, now known as the Constituent Service Center or BOS:311. Lilliam continues to be involved as an alumna at Bottom Line and Summer Search, which supported her through high school and beyond. Lilliam has her B.A. in International Affairs and Human Services from Northeastern University.

Daniela Mira

Manager of Portfolio Impact and Skills Based Volunteering

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Daniela started at The New Commonwealth Fund in August 2022 as Manager of Portfolio Impact and Skills Based Volunteering. She is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy for engagement with corporate partners through a skills-based volunteering program.

Daniela joined NCF from GreenLight Fund Boston, where she worked on a small team to identify critical needs in Boston and employed innovative, entrepreneurial programs that made significant and measurable impacts. She also worked to galvanize local support to help these programs achieve and sustain their impact.

As a graduate student, Daniela interned at various nonprofits in Boston, including the Baker Center for Children and Families, The Children’s Trust, and the Boston College Center for Work and Families. Daniela received both her Masters in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston College.

Our Board

Damian W. Wilmot

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, BridgeBio Pharma, Inc.

Director, Chair


Damian W. Wilmot is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBIO) – a global biotechnology company committed to the discovery, development and delivery of various medicines for genetic diseases.  At Bridge, Mr. Wilmot is responsible for the company’s legal affairs, corporate secretarial and governance functions, ethics and compliance, and risk management.

Immediately prior, Mr. Wilmot was the Senior Vice President, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX).  There, he was responsible for leading the company’s Global Compliance, Business Continuity & Resilience, Privacy, Records Information Management, Global Litigation and Global Employment Law organizations, as well as the company’s Enterprise Risk Management, Incident Response & Crisis Management, and Information Governance programs.  Mr. Wilmot’s professional experience also includes serving as the chief litigation counsel for another global pharmaceutical company and as a Litigation Partner with Goodwin Procter LLP.  He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts and worked as a judicial law clerk on the State of Connecticut Supreme Court.

For over 20 years, Mr. Wilmot has served as a director, trustee or advisor of numerous nonprofit, civic, and for-profit organizations.  Currently, he is a director and member of the Nomination and Governance Committee of PBF Energy, Inc. (NYSE: PBF), and is a director and member of the Executive and Audit Committees of HarborOne Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HONE).  He is a trustee and member of the Audit and Investment Committees of Fidelity Charitable—a 501(c)(3) public charity with over $50 billion in assets under management.  He is also the chair of the board of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund and a trustee and chair of the Audit Committee of his alma mater Trinity College.  Mr. Wilmot formerly served on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and was a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission (by gubernatorial appointment).

In 2022, the Boston Bar Foundation honored Mr. Wilmot with its annual Public Service Award for his dedication to advancing inclusion, diversity and equity within Boston’s business community; his leadership across various nonprofit, civic and for-profit organizations; and his passion for bettering our communities.  In 2021 and 2022, Boston Magazine recognized him as one of Boston’s 100 most influential Bostonians. In 2020, the Boston Business Journal listed him on its annual “Power 50” list.  He has also been recognized repeatedly as one of the most influential leaders in healthcare and life sciences.

Mr. Wilmot is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Myechia Minter-Jordan

President and CEO, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

Director, Vice Chair


Myechia Minter-Jordan is President and CEO for CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. She leads a diverse group of health improvement experts in original research, data analysis, grantmaking, health improvement initiatives, oral health innovation, education, and advocacy in the pursuit of achieving oral health of all. In 2019, she joined DentaQuest after 12 years at Roxbury-based Dimock Center, the second-largest health center in the Boston area. As CEO, she formed partnerships with world-class institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Partners HealthCare to advance person-centered care. She serves on several boards and committees, including the Blue Shield of California, Yawkey Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Boston Foundation, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

She was an attending physician and instructor at Johns Hopkins Medicine and graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.

Dominic Blue

Head of Strategic Planning & Delivery, Mass Mutual



As Head of Strategic Planning and Delivery at MassMutual, Dominic Blue directs strategic initiatives designed to achieve long-term growth and profitability. Prior to joining MassMutual, Dominic practiced corporate law for nearly a decade at some of Boston’s top firms. Dominic’s other roles include President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and board member of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Audit and Finance committee. In 2016, he received the 2016 Founders’ Award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice.

Dominic holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Boston College.

Juan Alexander Concepcion

Legal Counsel, Boston Scientific Corporation


Founding Ally

Juan Alexander Concepción is an experienced litigator, counselor, and trainer in workplace compliance, risk assessment, and strategic workforce management. He currently serves as Legal Counsel for Boston Scientific Corporation. Concepción previously served in-house at MassDOT/MBTA, directing employment policy and compliance, employee relations, and strategic business initiatives. He also served as in-house counsel and business advisor for a publicly traded, high-tech firm based in CA, supporting HR professionals and managers. As outside counsel at Nixon Peabody and Burns & Levinson, he represented numerous public and private employers in the healthcare, energy, education, financial markets, technology, manufacturing, and transportation industries.

Juan is a long-serving director of Lawyers for Civil Rights. In 2017, he was awarded the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorney’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and excellence in the legal community.

With four Boston College degrees (B.A., M.Ed., M.B.A., J.D.), Concepción serves with distinction on the University’s Board of Trustees and holds an adjunct faculty appointment. He is also a trustee for St. Columbkille Partnership School and for his alma mater—Cardinal Hayes—in the Bronx. Hayes recently awarded Juan its Cardinal Spellman Award for outstanding community service and excellence in the legal profession.

Jerry Cox

Principal, Gerard Cox and Associates


Founding Ally

Jerry Cox is an experienced, results-oriented Executive Coach and DEI and Organization Development Consultant, with over thirty years of experience. He was a senior consultant in the Department of Leadership and Organization Development at the McBer/Hay Group, where he remained for five years before establishing his own consulting practice.

Jerry studied organizational behavior at the Harvard Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He also received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior from Harvard University.

Linda Dorcena Forry

Vice President of External Affairs at Suffolk Construction



Linda Dorcena Forry is a former Massachusetts State Senator and State Representative. She held elected office for 13 years while working in the public sector for over two decades in both state and local government. At Suffolk Construction, Linda directs Suffolk’s national strategy to strengthen their diversity and inclusion platform and develop long-term strategies that support the company’s vision. As a leader and strategist, Linda helps reinforce a wide array of Suffolk’s community engagement initiatives. She also works closely with the Trade Partner Diversity program which promotes businesses owned by people of color, women, and veterans.

Linda is a graduate of Boston College Carroll School of Management, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Pamela Everhart

SVP, Head of Regional Public Affairs & Community Relations, Fidelity Investments



Pamela Everhart oversees Fidelity’s state and local government relationships, public affairs, and community relations activities at its Boston headquarters and across the U.S. Previously, Pamela led the firm’s advocacy strategy and engagement with government officials in Washington, D.C. on federal regulatory policy. Pamela also led Fidelity’s Personal Investing and Workplace Solutions business units’ external retirement and benefit policy development efforts. Prior to joining the firm, Pamela was an associate at global law firm Ropes & Gray LLP.

Pamela received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in MA and before the Supreme Court. Recently honored by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s “50 Power 2021 Movement Makers,” Pamela is a leader in the community, active across several service organizations, and a member of many nonprofit boards.

Paul Francisco

SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at State Street



Paul Francisco serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Workforce Development Programs at State Street Corporation. In this role, he develops and implements inclusion, equity, and diversity programs that impact 40,000 employees, their clients, and their communities. Prior to joining State Street, Paul was Managing Director and Co-founder of Foster & Francisco, LLC, an executive search and diversity consulting firm. He also held recruiting and relationship management positions at both Bank of America and Fidelity Investments.

Throughout his career, Paul has received numerous awards, including a Certificate of Achievement from Governor Deval Patrick for his work with the Hispanic community. He was a member of Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” and El Planeta Newspaper Powermeter’s “100 Most Influential Latinos in Massachusetts” in 2007, 2013, and 2014. Paul was also recently appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s Black Advisory Board Commission.

Paul is a graduate of Boston University and UMass Boston. He also completed The Partnership Inc. Associates, Fellows, and Next Generation Executive programs.

Damon Hart

EVP, Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Liberty Mutual Group



Damon Hart serves as Liberty Mutual Group’s Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal Officer. Damon is responsible for the management of litigation brought against Liberty Mutual Group member companies. Previously, Damon served as Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel for Employment, Compensation, and Benefits. In these positions, he operated as the company’s Chief Employment, Compensation, and Benefits Counsel for 45,000 employees, across 30 countries.
Prior to joining Liberty, Damon was a partner at three national law firms: Littler Mendelson, Ogletree Deakins, and Holland & Knight. While in private practice, Damon focused on litigation and employment matters. Damon has extensive experience in complex business disputes with federal, state, and local administrative agencies, in arbitration and before state and federal courts. Damon has also worked on a variety of class action matters and has provided business advice on contracts, benefits, and real estate development matters. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Home For Little Wanderers.
Damon is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a starting forward on the basketball team, which appeared in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He also graduated from Boston College Law School.

Manuel Lopes

Executive Vice President, public markets & government relations


Since 2021, Manny Lopes has served as Executive Vice president for public markets and government relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the largest private health plan in Massachusetts and one of the largest independent, not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country. The company serves nearly 3 million members and more than 20,000 employers and is consistently rated among the nation’s best health plans for overall member satisfaction.

Previously, Manny Lopes served as president and chief executive officer of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, the largest community health center in Massachusetts and one of the largest in the United States. Under his leadership, the health center significantly increased its number of patients served, was award Top Place to Work by the Boston Globe and Forbes Magazine, and was recognized by NCQA, Joint Commission and HRSA for high quality care.

Manny has a long history of developing innovative programs that improve health care quality, access, and equity. He is the co-founder and founding chair of the Community Care Cooperative, the largest Medicaid ACO in Massachusetts which was created and governed by health centers and exclusively focused on advancing community-based care for MassHealth members. Manny also co-founded Advocates for Community Health, a national advocacy organization for innovative health centers focused on equity and impact.

Manny has served on multiple transition committees for Governor Charles Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Mayor Michelle Wu, and Governor-elect Maura Healey. He previously served multiple years as Chair of the Boston Public Health Commission where he helped lead Boston’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For his efforts, Manny was recognized at Governor Baker’s final State of the Commonwealth address and was Senator Warren’s special guest for President Biden’s first joint Address to Congress.

Manny has been recognized by the following: Boston Magazine’s List of 100 Most Influential Bostonians, Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Boston’s 50 Most Influential People, and “Get Konnected,” Boston’s 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Manny currently serves on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Health Equity Compact, New Commonwealth Foundation, and the Institute of Contemporary Art’s board of directors. Manny was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Suffolk University and served as their 2022 commencement speaker. He received his MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Fred Lowery

Senior Vice President and President, Customer Channels, Thermo Fisher



Fred Lowery is Senior Vice President and President for Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Customer Channels business, which includes overseeing Fisher Scientific, the company’s industry-leading channel business for laboratory supplies used in academic, pharma and biotech markets.

In January of 2022, Fred also assumed responsibility for Thermo Fisher’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since joining Thermo Fisher in 2005, Fred has held a number of senior leadership positions across the company, including previously serving as President, Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products.

Fred serves on the Board of Trustees for Boston Medical Center and on the Board of Directors for DuPont. He is also on the Board of Directors for the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, in addition to the Board of Trustees for both Tennessee Tech and its Foundation.

Fred received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech and a Master of Science degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.

Quincy Miller

Vice Chair and President, Eastern Bank



Quincy Miller is Vice Chair and President of Eastern Bank. Eastern is the largest Community bank in Boston with $22.0 billion in assets delivering full service commercial and retail services.  Quincy spends his time focused on helping lead the overall strategic direction of Eastern, which has served its customers, colleagues and communities for over 200 years.

Quincy is committed to supporting the communities where he lives and works.  He serves on the boards of The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Mill Cities CDFI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Board Emeritus of The Bottom Line, Urban League of Eastern MA.  He is a proud founding member of The New Commonwealth Fund.

He has been recognized by the BBJ as a “Power 50 Most Influential and Impactful Leaders in Boston”, as “The 100 Most Influential People in Boston” by Boston Magazine and GK100 “Most Influential People of Color in Boston” by Get Konnected.  A special honor was the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast’s “MLK 50th Anniversary Award” for his commitment to Diversity & Inclusion that expresses Dr. King’s commitment to justice and equity.

Rodney C. Pratt

Chief Legal Officer at LVMH North America



LVMH North America is proud to announce that Rodney C. Pratt has joined the company’s leadership team as Chief Legal Officer. Rodney will oversee the North American business and lead the LVMH Inc. legal team. He will partner with the LVMH Maisons, providing proactive and pragmatic legal counsel regarding worldwide regulatory, corporate, litigation and commercial matters.

With over 20 years of global legal experience, Rodney joins LVMH from Nike, where he has spent the last eleven years. Rodney has worked at the corporate level, as well as at the brand level as General Counsel for Converse for over six years. Most recently he was VP, Office of the General Counsel Operations, Innovation and Strategic Initiatives at Nike. Rodney is an Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Law where he co-teaches a course on Sports & Social Justice. Rodney is a Co-Founder and Board member of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, which is based in Boston, MA. Rodney also serves on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Eye & Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Rodney is Co-Chair of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Advisory Board. Rodney is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School While in law school, Rodney served as a White House Intern in the Office of the Chief of Staff under the Clinton Administration. Rodney proudly serves as a mentor and advisor to attorneys of all practice areas and backgrounds.

Greg Shell

Partner, Founder of Goldman Sachs Inclusive Growth Fund



Greg Shell joined Bain Capital Double Impact as a managing director in 2016. Prior to joining, Greg served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated Global Equity product at GMO. Previously, Greg was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management Group and a Consultant at Bain & Company in its Strategy and Private Equity practice areas.

Greg earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Science from MIT.

BJ Trach

Partner and Executive Committee Member, Latham & Watkins



BJ Trach, a Partner in Latham’s Litigation & Trial Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, represents companies and individuals facing a variety of complex commercial matters, as well as white-collar defense and government investigations. BJ has successfully defended organizations in healthcare, life sciences, technology, retail, and other industries against high-stakes claims brought by shareholders, customers, and community stakeholders. He also represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations, brought by various government entities, such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state attorneys general.

BJ is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Our Advisors

Hilina D. Ajakaiye

Robert Alan

Che Anderson

Michael Bobbitt

Bithiah Carter

Chris Cook

Mo Cowan


Michael Curry

Deb Enos

Stephen Hall

David Howse

Duane Jackson

Malia Lazu


Valerie Mosley


Dr. Gislaine Ngounou

Terrence O’Toole

Femi Obi

Colette Phillips

Founding Ally

Desiree Ralls-Morrison


Carla Reeves

Mary Skelton Roberts

Marta T. Rosa, M. ED.

Darryl Settles

Andrea Silbert

Lauren Smith

Marie St. Fleur

Corey E. Thomas


Kenn Turner

Rebekah Splaine Salwasser


Pratt Wiley


of NCF investments

support Black and Brown communities


given out

to support over 100 nonprofits across the Commonwealth


of the non-profit

organizations NCF supports are woman led

Career Opportunities

NCF is always seeking fiercely dedicated people who want to change the world by dismantling systemic racism and racial inequality.

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Please help to make the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund a sustainable, lasting catalyst for positive change in Massachusetts. We are uniquely focused on providing financial and other essential support to organizations working on innovative and actionable solutions to create just and equitable systems.

We cannot affect this change without contributions from individuals and corporations committed to improving the racial climate and leveling the corporate and non-corporate playing fields for Black and Brown people. We hope that your organization can give to this absolutely essential mission.

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How We Invest

The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund focuses its investment with the following priorities in mind:

  • Strategic: Large scale multi-year support
  • Responsive: Smaller scale off-cycle support to address the more immediate needs
  • Innovative: Special projects, funder coalitions and collaborative projects between multiple organizations.

We will be accepting the following applications:

  • Pillar Investments: multi-year support to impact one or more of our pillars
  • Off-Cycle Investments: Smaller scale off cycle support to address the more immediate needs of non-profit organizations (Reviewed quarterly)

You may submit a concept note for the following applications (Rolling) with an invitation for further discussion.

  • Disruption Investments (Rolling)