Louisville executive chosen for national fellowship on racial equity

One of 16 leaders from across the country in the elite 2020-21 Fulcrum Fellowship cohort
Trisha Finnegan
Trisha Finnegan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Community Foundation of Louisville Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Trisha Finnegan has been selected for the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s 2020-21 Fulcrum Fellowship.

This rigorous, year-long leadership development program brings together 16 current and emerging leaders from a range of fields across the U.S. who are committed to using community investment to tackle challenges associated with racial inequities and economic marginalization.

The program is designed to provide participants with the racial equity, community investment and adaptive leadership skills they need to support critical efforts in housing, philanthropy, and economic and community development. Participants will take part in monthly “coaching calls,” in-person seminars and other leadership development and mentoring activities.

Finnegan was chosen for her commitment to developing and extending partnerships and leading systems-level solutions to address racial inequity. During her tenure at the Community Foundation of Louisville, she has set a clear vision to extend the foundation’s impact, attract capital, and increase visibility. She has also aligned the organization’s mission-related efforts with its principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, measurably changing the demographics of its grantees, fellowship and scholarship recipients and award winners. She has innovated a wide range of processes and programs, established and extended key relationships, and elevated the foundation’s overall community engagement and investment efforts in the area of racial and economic equity.

“I am grateful for this investment in Louisville,” said Finnegan. “As communities across the world face the call for justice and equality, this opportunity could not come at a better time. Louisville is poised to achieve equitable health outcomes and economic opportunity for all. We are a community of connected leaders who understand that for Louisville to thrive, all members of our community must thrive. I will apply the resources gained during the fellowship to our efforts to become a more racially equitable community here at home.”