Senior Manager, Strategy and Learning, Ford Foundation
Kay Lee is a Senior Manager in the Office of Strategy and Learning where she supports the advancement of systems and processes to enable greater learning, reflection, and strategy development. She works closely with program and operational staff to support alignment in their work and to ensure learning is integrated in their efforts. Kay was previously Project Manager in the Office of the President, where she managed change management initiatives and special projects. Kay joined the foundation in 2011 as a Project Manager in the Office of the Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Assets.
Before joining the Ford Foundation, Kay worked in Malaysia and the UK on refugee issues. She also worked in the Office of the Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.
Funders know that building strong partnerships with stakeholders and grantees is crucial for creating change in communities and on crucial issues. Foundation leaders’ decisions about how they structure their organizations — defining roles, building staff, creating process, and managing culture — enable or inhibit the success of program officers and other staff in creating meaningful relationships. In this session, hear brief presentations from CEP and three funders engaged in efforts to define and create conditions for success in their organizations. Then join in table discussions about how these dynamics play out at your organization.