Network Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Meisha McDaniel manages grant portfolios, helps develop the Foundation’s relationships, identifies investment opportunities, co-learns and consults with grantee partners, and helps build strong, effective partnerships among people and organizations in the South.
With a decade of experience in the nonprofit and community development worlds, McDaniel knows the power of cross-sector partnerships to achieve greater social and economic inclusion for marginalized communities in the South. McDaniel made her foray into philanthropy through her AmeriCorps service at the Marin Community Foundation. She has worked extensively with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, first as a fellow and later as a consultant. McDaniel also completed a fellowship with the Professionals Learning about Communities, Equity and Smart Growth, convened by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
McDaniel earned dual master’s degrees – in Business Administration and in City and Regional Planning – at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on sustainability and economic development. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Justice Studies from Guilford College. She attributes her passion for thriving, equitable, sustainable communities to her roots in Welch, West Virginia.