Ramona Dallum Lindsey Promoted to Newly Created Role of Vice President of Equity and Impact

To ensure that its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is embedded across the entire organization, the Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the promotion of Ramona Dallum Lindsey to the newly created position of Vice President of Equity and Impact. In her role, Lindsey will lead the implementation of the Foundation’s DEI and anti-racism strategy; advise on grantmaking and scholarship practices that support racial equity, alleviate barriers to resources and integrate trust-based philanthropy principles; and oversee the equitable evaluation of organizational impact.

Lindsey joined the Community Foundation’s Mission & Impact team in July 2017. Earlier this year, she led the team that designed the application and selection process for its first-ever Fund for Louisville Racial Justice Cohort. This initiative brought together Black community members and their allies to advise the Foundation on creating a grant process intentionally focused on supporting Black-led social change. Lindsey has also led grantmaking efforts to address disparities in the community’s health across racial and socioeconomic lines through the Louisville Health Equity Fund, a partnership among the Community Foundation of Louisville and other organizations, and directed programming for Hadley Creatives, an immersive professional development program for a diverse group of artists. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Lindsey introduced families to contemporary art at KMAC Museum as Director of Education and Museum Educator. As a visual artist herself, she believes the arts play a critical role in advancing social justice through both the creative process and provocative creation. She began her career in retail banking before transitioning into public education and nonprofit work. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a master’s in teaching in elementary education from Spalding University. Lindsey serves on the West Louisville Women’s Collaborative Inc. (WLWC), the Louisville Metro Commission for Public Art (COPA), and the Community Steering Committee for the Speed Museum’s Promise, Witness and Remembrance Exhibition honoring Breonna Taylor.

“This announcement is another essential step in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s ongoing and expanding commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism,” says Ron Gallo, President and CEO. “With the establishment of a dedicated leadership position that focuses on oversight and evaluation of our efforts, our intention is to embed a culture of equity in everything we do. Ramona is a visionary and creative leader at the Foundation with a passion for social justice and a proven track record of service to her community. She is the ideal choice to hold us to the highest standards and ensure we’re utilizing a lens of equity in all facets of our operations.”

“My passion is to help others gain unencumbered access to resources so they have the agency to self-determine their own quality of life outcomes,” says Lindsey. “My entire career and life experiences, combined with my passion for equity, have prepared me for this role. I’m very proud to work at the Community Foundation during this pivotal time. We have the unique opportunity to deploy philanthropy as an equity tool and drive real change in our community. I’m excited to help lead that shift in thinking.”