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Satonya Fair

Vice President/Chief Philanthropy Officer  |  The Executive Leadership Council


Satonya Fair recently joined The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) as their new vice president/chief philanthropy officer. In that role, she will be responsible for the organization’s philanthropic engagement strategy, ensuring that all charitable efforts support the ELC’s mission of increasing the number of successful black executives – both domestically and internationally – by adding value to their development, leadership and philanthropic endeavors throughout the lifecycle of their careers. The ELC’s philanthropic strategy focuses on investments in social enterprise, closing of the achievement gap, developing next generation black leadership, and highlighting the continued need to drive greater diversity in the workplace.

Prior to joining the ELC, Satonya served as director of Grants Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she and her team were responsible for the administration of more than $100 million in charitable investments annually. Satonya led the development of a customized grants management system, which included a comprehensive online grant portal. She concentrated on system innovations within her department and throughout the foundation—emphasizing the use of data to drive decision-making and accountability.

Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Satonya supported Citi’s Global Community Development with responsibilities that spanned corporate and foundation giving, employee engagement and volunteerism, program development, and outcome measurement. Her roles at Citi included senior grants manager for the North America Community Grants Program and Community Relations manager at CitiFinancial (now One Main Financial) where she successfully redeveloped community relations and volunteer engagement to include CitiFinancial’s branch network offices in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Citi, Satonya was community relations manager at The Baltimore Sun.

Since 1995, a consistent theme in her work and volunteerism has been ensuring that low-income children, families, and communities receive the support they need.

Satonya earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Miami University (Ohio). Satonya graduated from the Council on Foundation’s Career Pathways executive leadership program and is a certified Change Management practitioner. She is an active volunteer with many efforts, including PEAK Grantmaking, the Technology Affinity Group, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, and the Bridges Program in Baltimore.