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PEAK Grantmaking

Seeing the Value of My Perspective

As of this year, I have been in the philanthropic sector for 20 years, having started my career in philanthropy with the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation as a grants manager. At that time, there weren’t many Latinos in working for foundations, even in Texas, a state where Hispanic and Latino people comprise almost 40 percent of the population. It seemed that those of us working for foundations naturally gravitated to each other, drawn together by shared histories, languages, and culturas. Many of my peers have left the sector for one reason or another, and the potential of growing our representation in the sector has all but stalled. This underrepresentation is even more pronounced when one looks at leadership positions. There have been a few times when I gave serious consideration to leaving the sector because I didn’t see opportunities. One time, I was especially tired of being one of the few—and