Eleni Refu

Senior Engagement Associate, NCRP

Eleni Refu is the senior engagement associate responsible for leading the engagement strategies of NCRP’s Power Moves project. Having spent the last six years in the charitable sector as a fundraiser and then as a program evaluator, she understands how power imbalances manifest and the kinds of systemic approaches necessary to effectively address them.

Previously, Eleni was the accountability and transparency systems manager at The Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation nonprofit and grantmaker. While there, she spearheaded the organization’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiative, which included securing buy-in from their board and working with leadership to assess the organization’s work with an equity and social justice lens. Congruently, she lead an effort to introduce equitable evaluation practices while managing the organization’s internal evaluation system. Before that, she launched her career in the nonprofit sector through a Shriver AmeriCorps Vista fellowship at LIFT-DC, an anti-poverty organization.


Power and Racial Equity: From Self-Assessment to Systemic Change

Posted on April 26, 2022 by Eleni Refu

NCRP’s Eleni Refu will lead a conversation around how family foundations can operationalize equity and work towards systemic change by interrogating the ways they build, share, and wield their power. Shifting power to those who have the least of it is necessary for philanthropic impact on equity and justice. Participants at this salon will learn how they can implement the… Read More