Eli Marsh joined the Foundation in May 2015 and has a charge to harness the power of women’s collective giving to challenge the status quo and advance systems change. Her role is to elevate community decision-making in funding determinations, leverage the power of collective giving, and build capacity to center gender and racial equity in philanthropy. Two signature programs that Eli has been responsible for are the six Giving Councils & Circles of CFW, and a nonprofit board development training program. Additionally, she serves on a task force to build an Antiracism TransformationTeam at the Foundation, guided by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR). Prior to joining CFW, Eli served as the Manager of After-School and Community Outreach Programs at Changing Worlds, an organization that fosters inclusive communities through oral history, writing, and the arts. In this role, she oversaw K-12 after-school programming: co-developed its curriculum, facilitated professional development training for the teaching artists who worked with the students, and cultivated community partnerships. Currently, she is an Advisory Board member of Honey Pot Performance, a creative Afro-diasporic feminist collaborative focused on critical performance, public humanities programming, and deep community engagement. Eli received a BA in International Studies and a BA in French from Saint Louis University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude; and graduated with a MA from the American University of Paris and L’Institute Catholique de Paris in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society; and the Sociology of Conflict respectively.