Satonya Fair is Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization for the development of global black leaders. She is responsible for the organization’s philanthropic engagement strategy, ensuring that all charitable efforts support The ELC’s purpose of opening channels of opportunity for the development of black executives to positively impact business and communities. The ELC’s philanthropic strategy focuses on investments in social enterprise, closing the achievement gap, developing next generation black leadership and highlighting the continued need to drive greater diversity in C-Suites and on boards.
Prior to joining The ELC, Satonya served as the Director of Grants Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she and her team administered more than $100MM in charitable investments annually. She led the development of a customized grants management system, including a comprehensive online grant portal. Her work focused on system innovations within her department and throughout the foundation, with an emphasis on using data to drive decision-making and accountability.
Before joining the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Satonya supported Citi’s Global Community Development 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 newspaper.
A consistent theme in her work and volunteerism has been ensuring low-income children, families and communities receive the support they need. Satonya earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Miami University (Ohio). She 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.