Director of National Partnerships
Grace joined UpTogether (previously Family Independence Initiative) as External Affairs Manager in June of 2019. Before joining UpTogether, Grace was Development Manager at the Richmond Promise, a place-based college access and success organization in Richmond, CA, where she built the systems and strategy for the foundation of a sustainable development program. Prior, Grace served as an Associate at GreenLight Fund Bay Area, a venture philanthropy firm, where she focused on researching evidence-based nonprofit models whose services fit urgent needs of the Bay Area community. Previous work includes the study of violence prevention within University systems, policy-based research on child abuse prevention, and research assistance at the UNC Cancer Center and Center for Maternal Infant Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.