Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s transformation continues with the announcement of new leadership roles

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is announcing two new strategic leadership positions created in alignment with its vision of an equitable New Jersey, the Foundation’s explicit commitment to become an anti-racist organization and to reimagine the role of philanthropy in New Jersey. The two positions, vice president of programs and vice president of people, culture and equity, will join recently hired CFO, Camilo Mendez in reporting to Tanuja Dehne, president and CEO of the Foundation. This core leadership team will help achieve the Foundation’s commitment to anti-racism and centering all of its work in equity, including internal operations, policies and procedures, communications, financial management and grantmaking.

The Dodge Foundation’s focus is New Jersey, carrying out its work in program areas that have evolved over time in response to social, economic, and cultural trends and realities. Its program areas are arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry, in addition to a technical assistance initiative that builds grantee capacity. The Dodge Foundation partners with and supports the nonprofit sector, comprised of valued and trusted influencers for sustainable change, with a commitment to elevating the voices and power of communities most affected by systemic marginalization and exclusion from investment and opportunities.

“All of our work over the last four years has led us to this moment. Our critical strategies from our program theories of change, our Equity Framework and our COVID-19 response and recovery continue,” Dehne said. “The announcement of the search for two new leaders with experience in anti-racism work, social justice, movement building and organizational transformation is the next actionable step towards embedding racial justice and anti-racism in our mindset, goals, and systems at the Dodge Foundation.”

In June 2018, the Dodge Foundation adopted a new strategic plan with a revised vision, mission, values, and an explicit equity commitment to guide the Foundation’s strategic direction. The Dodge Foundation, organization-wide, believes that equity requires aligning resources to address historical, institutional, and structural impediments so that New Jerseyans of all races and communities have what is needed to realize a quality life. By centering its work in equity, the Foundation is bringing its deep knowledge of New Jersey and program-specific perspectives to address equity issues in the state, ever mindful that championing equity is a way of being, not a new strategy or trend.

“The Board of Trustees, along with its Leadership Transition Committee, fully embraces the vision for these two new leaders who will help further the Dodge Foundation’s transformation and commitment to anti-racism,” said Dodge Foundation Board Chair Preston P. Pinkett, III. “Our hope is that our new leaders will bring vision, leadership, and experience to help our committed staff develop new skills and understanding as we imagine a new way of making the greatest impact with all of our resources.”

Assisted by Diversified Search Group, the Dodge Foundation is committed to an open and transparent process. It is anticipated that both positions will be filled by the end of the year.

To apply for either position, to offer suggestions or nominations or further inquiries please send an email to and see the links for VP of Programs and VP of People, Culture, and Equity for the full position descriptions.



About the Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation based in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1974, the Foundation supports arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry to connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.  Over the course of over 45 years, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has distributed over $500 million to nonprofits and currently has more than $300 million in assets.  It has nurtured leaders, ideas, and institutions that use creative problem-solving to promote a sustainable future. 


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