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The Weingart Foundation Names Dana Henry As Its First Director of Black Justice and Healing

Working with the Weingart Foundation’s Leadership, Henry will manage the Foundation’s strategy to address the generational inequities and racism faced by the Black community in Southern California

February 27, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA) The Weingart Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice, names Dana Henry its first Director of Black Justice and Healing. In this newly created role, Henry will collaborate with community stakeholders, funder colleagues, and public sector partners to lead the Foundation’s extensive work to address the generational inequities and racism faced by the Black community in Southern California and support community-driven solutions for justice and healing.

“Dana Henry is a dynamic and values-driven leader who brings extensive experience working directly with Black-led and serving nonprofit partners to address anti-Black racism,” said Joanna Jackson, interim president and C.E.O. of the Weingart Foundation. “Dana’s unwavering commitment to strengthening pathways for Black leadership and Black-led organizing to advance multiracial movements makes her a tremendous asset to our Black Justice and Healing work.”

Guided by the Weingart Foundation’s mission, Henry’s work strengthens support for Black-led initiatives and organizations that work to dismantle structural racism while increasing overall wellness and joy in Black communities. Specifically, as Director of Black Justice and Healing, Henry co-leads a multi-sector collaborative in Los Angeles County with community-based partners, building upon the recommendations of the Committee for Greater L.A.’s Black Experience Action Team report to improve the material conditions and outcomes of Black Angelenos.

“The Black Justice Healing work is deeply personal to me,” said Dana Henry, Director of Black Justice and Healing at the Weingart Foundation. “The generational harm that racist and unjust systems have caused families like mine serve as a reminder of just how critical it is that we come together to transform these systems and help communities heal. I look forward to building on the strides we’ve made, along with our nonprofit partners, to build opportunities for Black communities to thrive.”

With over 20 years of experience, Henry has dedicated her career to expanding opportunities for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children, youth and families. She first joined the Weingart Foundation as a Program Officer in 2020, leading the Foundation’s grantmaking and broader funding strategy in South Los Angeles and previously worked with the Weingart Foundation’s partner, Communities In Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE WEINGART FOUNDATION
The Weingart Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation that partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social, and economic justice for all. Our vision is a dynamic and effective social change sector that is creating equitable systems and structures needed to achieve justice. Founded in 1951, the Foundation has to date granted over $1 billion to organizations, strengthening their efforts in human services, housing, health, education, and community power building. In addition, the Foundation builds networks and collaboratives with philanthropic, public sector, and community leaders to advance equity and justice together.