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Tiauna George

Senior Director of Grants  |  Energy Foundation

Tiauna George currently leads grantmaking and contracting operations, systems, and data at Energy Foundation. In collaboration with members of the Operations and Program teams, she facilitates the design, development, and implementation of all grant-tracking technologies and data management systems, integrating this work with Finance, Knowledge Systems, Programs, Strategic Partnerships, and Communications staff. Prior to joining Energy Foundation, Tiauna served as Philanthropic Operations/Grants Manager for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, managing grantmaking for the Justice and Opportunity initiative, and before that the Education grantmaking program. She led and managed the design of the Salesforce grant database, served as a member of the legal team, assisted with strategic planning, advising, special projects, created policies, and provided grantmaking training for a staff of 100+. Previous positions include Programs and Partnerships Grants Manager for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health; Grants Manager for Women’s Foundation of California; and Grants Assistant for The James Irvine Foundation.

Tiauna has also served on the committees of several philanthropic affinity groups, and two nonprofit boards, working in areas that focus on improving the lives and wellbeing of California’s most vulnerable populations. Additionally, in 2016, Ms. George and two of her colleagues co-founded the Peninsula Philanthropy Network, which leverages the collective power and influence of philanthropy of the peninsula region of the Bay Area. She  also served as the Vice Chair of the Housing and Concerns Committee for the City of Redwood City, which focuses on affordable housing, economic development and homelessness prevention and was a Co-Founder of the Diversity Committee at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

Tiauna studied political science and rhetoric at UC Berkeley and has a passion for local politics, technology and the study of language. Ms. George also holds a Master of Public Administration from USF.

Term expires 2024.