Meet Our Fellows

2019 Fellow/Young Philanthropist Holiday Party

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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2020-2021

Lina Maria Cañon was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She has always been committed to creating multifaceted access for under-resourced individuals and communities. Since graduating from Suffolk University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Government, Lina has managed, enhanced, and created programs focused on a variety of topics including homelessness, civic engagement, education, and youth advocacy. Other related experiences include serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chicago, being a Peer Advisor for the Obama Foundation, and hosting The Activist Hustle Podcast.

Lina has been tirelessly advocating for equity and access, particularly for youth, across all sectors. She currently works full time as a Grants Management Associate for Imago Dei Fund. In addition to her work in philanthropy, Lina works with Students for Cross-Cultural Solidarity, bringing college students on service trips to El Salvador. She was named one of Boston’s most influential Latinxs by El Mundo’s 30 Under 30. Lina is currently pursuing her MBA from Boston University’s Questrom and is the Chief Operating Officer of The Nur Collective.

 

Lily Chin-Martin is passionate about improving communities for underserved and underprivileged groups, which has led to her career as a fundraising professional. Originally from Seattle, she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Psychology and Classical Studies. Currently, she is the Development Coordinator at Boston Harbor Now, a nonprofit organization that activates and protects Boston Harbor and the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, where she is working on the Annual Fund, assisting with fundraising events, and managing the database. Lily has experience at a diverse range of organizations, including schools, museums, and social service and environmental nonprofits. She believes strongly in the power of philanthropy and has seen first-hand how donations can make real differences in both organizations and individuals’ lives. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, singing in her community choir, and visiting museums.

 

Becca Cuntala is a New Jersey native who is passionate about sustainability and human rights. She currently works at Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit, supporting development operations such as tracking and preparing grant proposals and reports, as well as assisting in communications and relationship management for a wide portfolio of foundations. Prior to Ceres, Becca worked in development at EarthLinks, Inc. in Denver as an AmeriCorps VISTA supporting the nonprofit’s mission to end homelessness and sustain the planet. She has also worked at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia as an SCA interpretive intern. Becca has a B.A. in anthropological perspectives from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, go hiking, and spend time with her family and friends.

 

Kelsea Médard is an attorney and strategic consultant. In 2019, she founded Grow By Three, a company that seeks to promote social justice through professional and organizational development. Before founding Grow By Three, Kelsea worked as a commercial litigation associate in the Boston office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and in the admissions office of Boston University School of Law. Her professional experiences activated her desire to increase access to insight in ways that maximize success and ultimately improve lives. Kelsea is certified in Diversity & Inclusion through Cornell University, and is focused on promoting equity within all areas of society.

Kelsea is a New York native, but moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston University School of Law. Prior to law school, she attended Syracuse University where she majored in advertising at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Outside of her professional endeavors, Kelsea enjoys eating seafood, watching nature documentaries, and making all-natural soy wax candles.

 

Samantha Perlman is passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders, especially young women, to be changemakers in government and public service. Witnessing youth mobilization and her capacity to make change firsthand as a youth activist while studying abroad in South Africa propelled Sam to public service via state and federal legislative policy work, community organizing, and civic education.

In November 2019, Sam made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the Marlborough City Council at age 24, and the first first-time candidate to top the ticket in a Council race. A proud graduate of Emory University, Sam currently works as the Civic Engagement Manager at Scholars Strategy Network. Additionally, she serves as a newly elected member to the Democratic State Committee and is Chair of her city’s Cultural Council.

Through her previous professional work with Generation Citizen and as part of the MA Civic Learning Coalition, Sam helped secure passage of the 2018 law to provide action-based civic education to all students in the Commonwealth. Sam is a graduate of Emerge Massachusetts, the FAO Schwarz Fellowship, and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice Community Fellows Program. An avid learner, she has also served as a Boston Peer Advisor for the Obama Foundation and a 2019 Institute for Canadian Citizenship Fellow.

 

2019-2021

Stacy Cabral is a proud Boston native with Colombian roots. She works at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on initiatives that promote safe and supportive learning. Previously, she worked in her home community of East Boston, as the Founding Dean of Students and Culture at Brooke Charter School, developing policies to implement a positive school culture to support students, teachers, and families. Her teaching career started as a third grade teacher in Miami-Dade through Teach for America. Stacy is a graduate of Smith College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is excited to meet and learn from other Fellows and share her passion for social justice and combating inequities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her Frenchie niece and nephew), traveling, running, reading, and cooking.

 

Amber Gomes is passionate about working for a mission-driven organization that engages in direct service provision and advocacy. She is currently the inaugural Development Coordinator for Y2Y Network, which manages the nation’s first student-run shelter for young adults 18-24 experiencing homelessness.

Amber is an alumna of Oregon State University, where she double-majored in Political Science and International Studies. Out of undergrad, she served as a Public Health Volunteer in Kenya, before joining the Peace Corps Northwest Regional Office as a Recruiter. She returned to school as a Coverdell Fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where she graduated with an MA in Policy and Development. While in graduate school, she served as an AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) Fellow with the United Way Monterey County.

 

Sarah Kalish graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in Economics and Sociology. During her time at Wesleyan, she led student groups dedicated to increasing awareness of disparities in education and advocated for improved support for students with disabilities. She also volunteered for the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education, which offers college-credit courses to inmates at Cheshire Prison in CT. Additionally, Sarah managed the operations and finances of a student-led cheese co-op that partnered with local dairy farmers.

She has volunteered at a HeadStart preschool in the Boston area and interned in the Health Policy group at Mathematica Policy Research, where she helped prepare a report on the Children’s Health Insurance Plan for Congress. More recently, Sarah was an analyst in the energy practice at the Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where she worked on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to help clients meet emissions standards.

Currently, Sarah works on the Growth Strategy and Digital Marketing team at Wayfair, where she manages performance of core marketing channels targeting business customers. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys creative non-fiction writing, dancing, and discovering local cheese. Sarah is honored to be part of an organization like TPC that blends strategic thinking and direct service, which she finds to be a powerful combination.

 

Tariana V. Little is driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, and her work embodies what she calls “intentional creativity for social change.” She is CEO and co-founder of EmVision Productions, a media agency for progressive organizations. She is also a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is building FooFii, a platform to simplify access to food resources. A Boston native and active citizen, Tariana co-chairs the Community Advisory Board of the Gastón Institute for Latino Public Policy and has served on Mayor Walsh’s SPARK Boston Council and as a Boston Peer Advisor for the Obama Foundation. She has been named by El Mundo and El Planeta (New England’s largest Spanish-language newspapers) as among the most influential young Latino leaders in Massachusetts.

 

Olivia Taylor graduated from UMass Boston in 2016 with a degree in Communication and Public Policy, and recently completed a grant writing certificate course through the university’s College of Advancing and Professional Studies. While studying at UMass Boston, she was a mentor, site leader, fundraising coordinator, and marketing coordinator for the school’s chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls. She was designated as the public speaker for field trips, new mentor training in best practices, and as a panelist for their annual women’s panel on intersectional feminism. During this time, she also took on the role of Fundraising Manager for Ruff Tales Rescue, a foster-based dog rescue founded in Massachusetts, and still holds the position of Newsletter Coordinator. Currently, she works as the Social Innovation Lead at Warby Parker on the Seaport, partnering with local nonprofits to hold “Do Good” events, reaching out to offer donations, and setting up volunteer opportunities for the whole team to get involved in. Olivia has been passionate about service to others since she was 15 years old, stemming from early involvement in activities with her older brother, who has Down Syndrome. The cause areas she’s most passionate about are public education in underserved communities, LGBTQ+ rights, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, animal rescue, mentorship, and human rights as a whole. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys practicing piano, guitar, or the cajon, and she studies astrology and offers chart reading services for a fee.

 

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