Meet Our Fellows

Current and past fellows at our Grant Awards & All Member Meeting on May 31, 2018

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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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.


Alysé Bigger is an alumna of Bates College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and of Tufts University where she received her Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership via the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Over the past nine years, Alysé has worked with small and national nonprofit organizations in direct service and administration roles. Her personal and professional work has focused on supporting access to great schools and programs that provide equitable educational outcomes for young people, and leading organizational efforts with a goal of developing socially responsible nonprofit leaders.

Alysé has volunteered with United Way as a grant reviewer, Mother Caroline Academy as a mentor, the YWCA of Boston as a facilitator, and BPS Code of Conduct Advisory Council. During the day, she is living her best life as a Program Manager for the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, an AmeriCorps program created to decrease high drop-out rates across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for young people in grades 6-12.


Meghan Higgins is currently a member of the Resource Development team at Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), one of the nation’s first nonprofit developers of affordable housing. She holds a joint Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning/Child Studies & Human Development from Tufts University. Prior to joining MPDC, Meghan was an Associate Consultant with Emerging Executive and the Development Officer at Our Restorative Justice, a nonprofit using restorative practices to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Meghan is an AmeriCorps alum, serving from 2012-14 as a Team Leader with City Year Little Rock. As a graduate student, Meghan also worked at YouthBuild USA, focused on state and federal policy strategy around youth unemployment and criminal justice. A Pittsburgh native, Meghan is a passionate advocate for community-led development, equitable public education, and juvenile justice reform, with a particular interest in gender-responsive programs and policies.


Nyah Macklin is a dedicated and charismatic diversity and inclusion professional who has dedicated her life to creating and sustaining systems of education, government, and society that consistently re-examine and re-evaluate the ways these institutions perpetuate the exclusion of historically underrepresented communities. Nyah specializes in holistic and programmatic reform, drawing on her experience as a consultant to various institutions. She has analyzed, designed, and implemented policies centered on the empowerment of diverse, marginalized communities within these institutions, thereby strengthening their culture, operations, and revenue.

Prior to obtaining her degree in African and Afro-American Studies from Brandeis University, Nyah studied in the New Haven, CT public school system. It was here that she watched her fellow low-resource Black and Latin-x students struggle to excel in an educational environment where budget cuts left students with tattered and outdated textbooks, overcrowded classrooms, and frequent engagement with the school-to-prison pipeline. Her undergraduate studies and her background shaped her drive to re-examine policies that affect urban education, housing markets, and income inequality.

Nyah is a Breakthrough Collaborative alumna and teaching fellow alumna, the first Black woman in the history of Brandeis to serve as President of the University’s Student Government, one of four women of color to negotiate for the rights of 100 students of color during a 12-day crisis occupation. This effort resulted in a diversity and inclusion implementation plan for Brandeis University. She serves as Vice Chair on the board of the Black Alumni Network at Hopkins School, and is also a New Leader’s Council-Boston alumna, serving on the board as Co-Chair of Admissions. Currently, Nyah works as the Legislative Aide to a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and is a proud Dorchester resident.


Christine Nguyen has been working with non-profits serving Asian American and immigrant families since 2009. Her experience includes youth leadership development, program management, event and volunteer management, fundraising, and communications. Christine currently serves as the Development and Communications Manager at Asian Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that has been building affordable homes, empowering families, and strengthening communities for over 30 years. She is originally from Houston, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Christine is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and enjoys visiting art museums, competing in dragon boat races, and spending as much time outdoors as possible in the summer and fall.


Miriam is a Massachusetts native who has lived and worked both abroad and domestically, and currently finds herself back in the Boston area where she provides legal administrative support. Armed with a liberal arts degree with a gender focus on the social sciences and economics, she started her professional career as a business analyst primarily in the life sciences industry. Desiring to increase her impact beyond a company’s bottom line, Miriam obtained a Master’s degree in International Development and set about working with marginalized populations with an emphasis on unemployed, low-resource, working-class women, as well as young children and women vulnerable to exploitation and violence. Outside of work, Miriam continues to find opportunities to engage with women and children in her community. Additionally, Miriam enjoys making and eating desserts, traveling, watching and playing contact sports, reading, and being outdoors.


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