As a Grants Program Officer, Kaleigh develops, co-leads, and implements Pride Foundation’s grantmaking strategies. They come to Pride Foundation with experience in nonprofit management, program development, and community organizing, as well as overall excitement to continue to positively transform systems.
From Brockton, Massachusetts, Kaleigh found her way to Montana serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for The Montana Racial Equity Project in Bozeman. As a VISTA, Kaleigh co-facilitated numerous antiracism and bystander intervention trainings and lead the organization’s fundraising campaigns and donor management. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the honor of Forward Montana Foundation’s 25 Under 25 Award.
After their year of service, Kaleigh pursued two graduate degrees at Brandeis University: M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence and M.A. in History. Their thesis combined both disciplines, examining truth-telling and witnessing during Reconstruction through the framework of transitional justice. She was also the recipient of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy Fellowship and fulfilled her fellowship interning at the Hyams Foundation.
Upon graduation from both graduate degrees, Kaleigh moved back to Montana to serve as the Deputy Director of The Montana Racial Equity Project, continuing to push for equity and justice across the state. In their free time, Kaleigh enjoys cooking, long walks, and shopping (though perhaps a little too much).
Favorite Place in the Northwest: Anywhere there’s brunch!
Favorite Quote: “Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace—not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.” -James Baldwin