WG bids farewell to Greg Roberts

by Carolynn Mambu, Director of Public Policy

A Life Pieces to Masterpieces apprentice presents Greg Roberts with a portrait to thank him for his support 

Last week, Washington Grantmakers co-sponsored a reception to thank Greg Roberts for his work during his seven-year tenure as president of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. Roberts recently accepted a new position as president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Approximately 80 people turned out to bid Roberts a fond farewell. Lorie Kaplan from the from Latin American Youth Center provided remarks, and performances by Trust-supported youth organizations Life Pieces to Masterpieces and the Friends of Carter Baron added a festive touch.

During his tenure, Roberts dedicated himself to building a credible intermediary that serves DC’s youth. In the process, he built relationships with local funders and won the confidence national funders such as Wallace Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. Today, Washington, DC is recognized as a national leader in grantmaking around youth development.

Roberts also challenged local grantmakers to invest in communities east of the Anacostia River. He was a stalwart advocate for an intentional approach which resulted in a significant increase in funding in those communities.   

We’re also grateful to Greg for his service on the Washington Grantmakers Board. As co-chair of the Diversity Committee, his thoughtful approach helped shape the difficult conversations at that time. He was a strong board member and remained committed to the WG mission.  

Greg, you had a big impact on the local community and you will be missed. We wish you the very best in your new endeavors.