Winsome Hawkins, M.S.W.
Program: The Grantmaking School
Hawkins is well known in philanthropic circles. For many years, she served as the vice president for grant making programs and initiatives at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In this capacity, she was responsible for the community foundation’s grant making as well as several community initiatives that focused on children and youth and revitalizing low and moderate income neighborhoods. In 2009, she served as interim executive director of CFLeads, a national organization that connects community foundations to their peers and other sources of knowledge and expertise as they take on crucial leadership roles to build thriving communities.
During her years in philanthropy, Winsome has held a number of leadership positions in the national philanthropic community, including Chair of the Neighborhood Small Grants Network, member of the Board of Directors of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, a founding board member of CFLeads' predecessor organization and a member of the 2000 inaugural class of the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Fellowship Program for senior executives of community foundations. For several years she was actively engaged in supporting the expansion of organized philanthropy in the Caribbean. She also served on the WINGS Advisory Committee. Hawkins holds a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and a bachelor's degree from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.