June Wilson, a celebrated philanthropic leader in racial justice advocacy and alternative approaches to legacy and perpetuity, is Executive Director of the Compton Foundation. She is guiding the 75-year-old philanthropic organization’s trajectory as it moves all of its assets toward its purpose: climate resilience, peace and security, democracy, reproductive justice, and narrative strategy. To that end, Wilson is shaping the foundation’s reparations strategy and transitioning its partners toward new avenues of support. Overall, the foundation’s process of “spending up,” in alignment with its mission, will enable Compton to close its doors at the end of 2025.
Wilson brings extensive hands-on expertise to this effort, having guided the sunset process of the Quixote Foundation in Seattle, Washington. She has engaged philanthropic families and foundations in examining and designing practices and policies that promote racial equity and justice, repair, and return, and encourages foundations to consider increased financial payout and alternative models to perpetuity. Wilson’s background as a choreographer, movement-based performer, and community arts organizer are foundational to her leadership style. She values reflective listening and utilizes creative and improvisational approaches to feed and sustain her life, her leadership, and her relationships with others. Wilson uses the pronouns she, her, and hers, and cherishes her identities of mother, daughter, sister, spouse, and friend.
Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation Between Nick Tedesco and June Wilson
Posted on January 19, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, June L. Wilson
Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy Symposium
Posted on September 19, 2021 by Vincent Robinson, Doua Thor, Dwayne S. Marsh, Irene Wong, Sandy Herz, John Matthew Sobrato, Nora Leccese, Annie Mahon, Hanna Mahon, Sam Vinal
Video Highlights from the 2020 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on September 2, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Valerie Rockefeller, June L. Wilson
Narratives that Shape Family Origin Stories and their Connection to Ownership
Posted on June 17, 2021 by Sarah Cavanaugh, June L. Wilson
Beyond A Donation: Reflecting On Philanthropy And Reparations (Part 4)
Posted on April 26, 2021 by LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck, June L. Wilson
Leaning Into Fundamental And Unexpected Shifts In Our Relational Reparations Sisterhood [Part 3]
Posted on March 24, 2021 by LeAnne Moss, Candace Tkachuck, June L. Wilson
Non-family Staff Peer Network: Racial Equity Discussions with Board and Staff
Posted on March 11, 2021 by Mary Mountcastle, June L. Wilson, Kelly Nowlin
2021 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker
Calling Family Foundation Board Members to Join a Journey on Racial Justice
Posted on March 2, 2021 by June L. Wilson, Kelly Nowlin, Mary Mountcastle, Virginia M. Esposito
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