Evan Mendelson has over 40 years of experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, including consulting and executive roles for local and national organizations, in small cities and large, and for mainstream and grassroots organizations.
Evan’s expertise is in increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations, creating sustainable systems change through collective impact strategies, developing high impact grantmaking strategies, and facilitating successful leadership transitions.
She was the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Funders Network, a national membership organization of individual philanthropists and family foundations. Her work with family foundations continued with Diamond Family Philanthropies and the David and Lura Lovell Foundation where she set up grantmaking systems, managed grantmaking programs and helped develop strategic directions that resulted in increased grant size and greater community impact. As a consultant to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation of Springfield, Massachusetts, Evan spent two years interviewing and assessing the role of major philanthropists in small and mid-sized communities across America.
Her work at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona resulted in the creation of a cutting edge, multi-year grantmaking process to build sustainable collaborations addressing systems change, across public and private sectors, through collective impact.
Evan has trained as a professional Interim Executive Director and is currently serving in that role for Casa de la Luz Foundation in Tucson, advising their Board of Directors on ways to expand the foundation’s growth, create the infrastructure to support that growth, and assist in the search for a permanent Executive Director.
Evan currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona and incoming chair of the Grants Committee. She is also Vice President of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.