Ramona Dallum is an artist, philanthropist, speaker and curious citizen. Ramona joined the Community Foundation of Louisville’s (CFL) Mission & Impact team in July 2017. As Vice President of Equity and Impact, she supervises the meaningful implementation of three core functions across all CFL departments: 1. diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and Anti-racism strategy; 2. grantmaking and scholarship practices integrating trust-based philanthropy principles; and 3. equitable evaluation of organizational impact. As a practicing visual artist, Ramona’s artistic practice and visionary background equip her to think outside of traditional processes to coordinate, design, develop, implement and manage Foundation programs. Through her work, she is assisting the Foundation in its efforts to support racial equity by alleviating barriers to accessing necessary resources to improve quality of life outcomes.
Prior to joining CFL, she introduced families to contemporary art at KMAC Museum (Louisville, KY) as Director of Education and Museum Educator. She believes artists play a critical role in advancing social justice through both the creative process and provocative creation. Her art practice is based on the African-American quilting tradition of stitching together undervalued cloth to create something that nurtures. This same idea is transferred to her social practice of stitching together a community’s inherently diverse and overlooked skills, talents and resources to create spaces where humans thrive.
Ramona began her career in retail banking before transitioning into public education and nonprofit work. She obtained a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A & M University and a M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Spalding University. Ramona actively serves on several Boards and committees including 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. Ramona is a Louisville, Kentucky native and the mother of, Zachary and Faith.