Staff News: Saying Farewell to Toya Williford, Welcoming Tynesha McHarris

We are immensely proud to announce that the Foundation’s Program Director
Toya Williford will be joining the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City as the Director of Programs and Policy, starting June 9.

Throughout her 12 years at the Foundation, Toya has had a powerful impact on the growth and stewardship of dozens of Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations, as well as keen involvement in examining critical policy issues affecting the borough, city, and nation—from education and youth achievement, to food justice and community development. She was a key player in the Foundation’s conversion to the first-ever community foundation for Brooklyn, and has been instrumental in the deployment of over $20 million in grants since our launch in 2009.


Toya’s last day at the Foundation will be Monday, June 2nd. Please join us in wishing her all the best for the exciting next stage of her career!

We are also pleased to announce that Tynesha McHarris will be joining the Foundation next week in a new position as Director of Community Leadership. Tynesha has been working with us since January on Brooklyn Insights, overseeing Neighborhood Dialogues and Community Engagement Fellows. As a full-time staff member, she will help design the Foundation’s new community leadership and grantmaking strategy, as well as spearhead special projects, including our Healthy Communities initiative.

Tynesha formerly worked alongside the Foundation’s President Cecilia Clarke as the Newark Program Director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and most recently was the Director of Programs & Community Engagement at Newark Trust for Education.