Program Director Deidre Griffith Granted Prestigious Fellowship


We’re excited to announce that our very own Deidre Griffith, program director for our Healthy Schools Healthy Communities initiative, has been named a 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy fellow!

Founded by Grantmakers in Health (GIH), with additional support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the purpose of the fellowship is to “nurture talented practitioners who have shown the potential to be among the next generation of leaders in the field of health philanthropy, to build relationships among this cadre of emerging philanthropic leaders, and to connect them with established figures in the field.”

“I can’t say it’s much of a surprise to me, but it’s great to have outside validation that the MFH team is made up of some of the best people in the philanthropic field today,” said Foundation President and CEO Robert Hughes. “Deidre certainly has earned the honor.”

On November 16 and 17, Griffith will join 17 other fellows from across the country in Washington D.C. for two days of learning and networking. The program’s emphasis will be on leadership development, mentoring, and building long-term connections. Not only will fellows meet and learn from each other, they will also have the opportunity to form relationships with experts from the field of health philanthropy, many of whom are past recipients of GIH’s Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. Even once the event ends, GIH will facilitate opportunities for fellows to stay connected and share their learnings throughout the coming year.

“I am really thrilled to join such an elite group of health philanthropists. It will be a unique opportunity for me to hone my leadership skills, while building new friendships, and learning from a diverse group of people prominent in the field,” explained Griffith. “I’m definitely looking forward to my time in D.C., and it will be exciting to see what comes out of joining forces with such a talented group of fellows and other leaders.”

Click here for a full list of names and bios for the 2016 fellows.

Click here for more information about the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.