Guillermina Hernández-Gallegos is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation's Human Services Program. She encourages a comprehensive, holistic approach to grantmaking that supports the broad sector of multi-service organizations providing human services to low-income individuals and families.
Guillermina also is responsible for shaping future nonprofit grant investments. Those investments aim to: help make multi-service human services organizations more resilient and effective; promote collaboration with intermediary organizations and networks to strengthen and expand the human services field; and support research efforts to advance knowledge, evidence practices and systems change. She is focused on building and managing a portfolio of human-services grantees that will inform her strategic work in addressing population needs and tracking current trends.
“For me, this focus on organizational effectiveness highlights the importance of cultural competence, constituency engagement, organizational learning, transparency or accountability to the communities being served,” says Guillermina.
“We’re promoting a transformative process within organizations and the sector,” she says. “Business as usual no longer serves the goals of providing services and supports for people and families struggling with complex issues and barriers.”
Prior to joining Kresge in 2011, Guillermina served for four years as senior program director at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich. From 1993 to 2006, she led several programming areas at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Mich., working on issues affecting youth and education, social and economic development, and families and neighborhoods. Earlier, Guillermina headed research and planning at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston; pursued various research projects at Brandeis University; worked at the State of Massachusetts Division of Employment Security; and spent 12 years in county government and nonprofits in Dade County Florida.
A graduate of the University of Miami, she holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a doctorate in social welfare policy from Brandeis University’s Heller School. Guillermina has spoken widely on issues related to Latinos and aging. Her work has been published in professional journals and books.
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