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Arlene Wilson-Grant

Grants Manager  |  Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund

Arlene Wilson-Grant is the Grants Manager for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the administration and legal compliance of the organizations’ grantmaking policies and procedures. Arlene brings a strong background from diverse experiences in grants management and program roles. Arlene joined the Disability Rights Fund/Disability Rights Advocacy Fund from the Skoll Foundation, where she served as the key liaison between grantees, program, and finance staff for three philanthropic entities. She joined the Skoll Foundation from the Public Health Institute, where she managed federal and state contracts with for-profit companies, community based organizations, and government entities. Prior to that, she spent nearly seven years as a Program Officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation where she helped donors identify effective funding strategies and developed and implemented regional grantmaking programs, coalition-building amongst key stakeholders, and communications efforts. She began her career at the Tides Foundation, working in the areas of youth development, economic development, and international grantmaking.

Arlene participates in PEAK Grantmaking, and from 2011-2012, co-chaired a working group that produced a comprehensive online publication on best practices in grants management. Arlene also serves as a founding member of the Human Rights Funders Network’s Grants Operations Coordinating Committee. She has presented at conferences and webinars on data and human rights funding, foundations and  international development partnerships, and secure communications. Arlene received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.


Term expires 2021