Meet Our Fellows

TPC's New Fellows 2017-2018
TPC’s New Fellows for 2017-2018: from left to right is Abby Alexanian, Robin Miller, Shailean Hardy, and Leigh Chandler (Photo by Michael Brook)

The Philanthropy Connection provides Fellowships for women between the ages of 21 and 35 in order to support and encourage the next generation of philanthropists. The Fellowship is open to any young woman who is interested in becoming part of the women’s collective giving movement and who is motivated to help The Philanthropy Connection redefine what it means to be a philanthropist – anyone who donates her time, talents, and/or treasures in an effort to improve the lives of others.

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Abby Alexanian graduated from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University with a Master’s in Public Policy and an MBA in Non-profit Management, and holds a BA in International Studies from Vassar College. While at the Heller School, Abby was awarded a fellowship by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and spent a summer working with The Boston Foundation conducting research to inform TBF’s strategic plan. She has more than five years of experience as a practitioner and researcher in the non-profit and public sectors, and her previous work has focused on providing crisis intervention services, reducing and preventing adversities in early childhood, violence prevention, and creating equitable, collaborative systems of support for children and families experiencing trauma, poverty, and housing instability. Abby is currently a manager at Root Cause, where she provides social impact consulting services to non-profit organizations.


Leigh Chandler graduated from Davidson College in May 2016 with a degree in English and Communication Studies. A South Carolina native, she moved to Boston shortly after graduating to pursue a job in non-profit development. She currently serves as the Fund Development and Communications Associate at YW Boston. She is responsible for assisting the development team with gift management, donor research, and cultivation of strong relationships with YW Boston’s audience. She is also the coordinator for YW Boston’s Young Professionals Network and serves on the organization’s Advocacy Committee. As a fellow, Leigh is excited to learn more about Boston-specific needs and solutions. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring Boston, and pretending she’s the next Top Chef.


Shailean Hardy works as a Financial Coach at Compass Working Capital, a non-profit organization that provides financial education to persons living on a low income. Prior to moving to Boston, she worked as a Case Manager in Pennsylvania overseeing a program that aimed to reduce barriers to stable employment for persons receiving cash welfare. Shailean has a Master’s degree in Environment & Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL) in the UK. Upon completing her Master’s, she spent some time in her home country of Jamaica working at a human rights organization that focuses on legal reform and alleviating police misconduct. Shailean is dedicated to the financial empowerment of racial minorities, immigrants, and other populations who have systematically been disenfranchised from mainstream financial services. She is learning how to be an advocate for decreasing the racial wealth gap. Outside of work, Shailean started a project that provides financial education workshops and individual financial counseling to communities of color in the metro Boston area.


Robin Miller works as a manager at Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Robin’s passions lie in the intersection of sustainability, community, and finance. This has led her on many work-life adventures including leading a trail crew in the Alaskan backcountry, cooking for over 300 people in the mountains of Southern California, and helping customers reach their financial goals as a banker at Citizens Bank. She holds a joint MBA/MS Environmental Science and Policy degree from Clark University and a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Outside of work, Robin serves as the Events Co-chair for BASIC-Boston (Building a Sustainable Investment Community) and the Board President of Miranda’s Hearth, a community arts non-profit that builds community through creativity.


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