Sinclair named chief diversity and inclusion officer for Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 24, 2021 – Further advancing its generational commitment to racial equity and inclusion, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation today announced the hiring of Kenyatta Sinclair as the organization’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Sinclair is a Milwaukee native with 15 years experience in the nonprofit and racial equity and inclusion space. In her new role, she will lead the effort to fully incorporate a racial equity lens into all aspects of the Foundation’s work and relationships.  Her thought leadership will guide the Foundation’s internal culture toward equity while informing external strategies for dismantling systemic racism to expand opportunity, equity and inclusion.

The position reports to president and CEO Ellen Gilligan.

“Kenyatta is a dynamic and demonstrated leader who will help progress innovative strategies and promote accountability and awareness around diversity, equity and inclusion for the Foundation,” Gilligan said. “Her passion, sense of purpose and expertise are sure to accelerate the Foundation’s work already underway and help advance the Foundation’s vision of a Milwaukee for all. I am excited for us all to learn from and with Kenyatta in this journey together.”

Since 2016, Sinclair has served in leadership roles at SaintA, first as director of leadership development and most recently as vice president, equity and human capital. She previously held positions in program development and served as director of learning and professional development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. 

Sinclair earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and a master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University, where she has also completed doctoral coursework in leadership for the advancement of learning and service. 

“I am excited to join the Greater Milwaukee Foundation!” said Sinclair, whose official start date is March 29. “I look forward to being a committed partner on the journey to advance racial equity and inclusion.”

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has inspired philanthropy by connecting generous people to community needs that align with their interests. The Foundation was founded on the premise that generosity can unlock an individual’s potential and strengthen the community as a whole for everyone who lives here. We work in partnership with those who are committed to ensuring greater Milwaukee is a vibrant, economically thriving region that comprises welcoming and inclusive communities providing opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.