For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Demer, Rasmuson communications manager

Program Officer Roy Agloinga

 Anchorage, AK — A staff member at Rasmuson Foundation has been picked for an intensive leadership program designed to develop diverse talent in philanthropic organizations.

Roy Agloinga, a Foundation program officer since 2015, has been selected to participate in the yearlong Council on Foundations 2018 Career Pathways program. Participants graduate with the knowledge, experience and professional networks needed to be more effective in their current roles and more deliberate in their contributions to the field of philanthropy. The goal is to position talented professionals to compete successfully for senior-level foundation positions.

Agloinga grew up in White Mountain, near Nome on the Bering Sea Coast, in a traditional subsistence family, which to this day relies on a wide range of traditional foods from the land and sea including seal, moose and salmon.

At Rasmuson Foundation, Agloinga has been on “a fast track,” as he learns the complexities of philanthropy, Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation president and CEO, said in nominating him. He works with art organizations, tribal organizations, dental health aide programs, nonprofit leaders and others, including minority groups that haven’t always sought help from Alaska’s largest foundation.

He brings a varied background of leadership in Alaska: former chief operating officer and interim president of Norton Sound Health Corp., mayor of White Mountain, rural affairs coordinator for then-Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, and tribal affairs director for Kawerak Inc. serving 18 tribes in the Nome area.

“Roy has a unique perspective and has worked hard to navigate the dynamic Alaskan landscapes of culture, race, economy, sovereignty, and philanthropy in a state which prides itself both as a traditionally indigenous and a frontier home,” Kaplan said.

Agloinga said he intends to build new relationships and learn more about the power and potential of philanthropy.

“I want to strengthen my contribution in the field,” he said. His rural background shapes his work philosophy and materializes in everyday life, he said. “I am connected to a culture and set of values that has never steered me wrong.”

Career Pathways equips mid-career professionals at grantmaking organizations and other nonprofit institutions to lead high-performing organizations and programs in the U.S. and around the world. Since launching in 2010, 81 percent of Career Pathways alumni are working at the senior executive level in philanthropic organizations across the world.

Over the course of a year, Agloinga will work on major issues facing philanthropic leaders. He will gain unprecedented access to a vast network of CEOs, trustees, search firm executives, and national thought leaders, and he will attend virtual and in-person career trainings across the country. Each Pathways member also will be paired with an executive coach to guide them on their path to excellence.

“Career Pathways is a leadership incubator and reflects the Council’s steadfast commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in and beyond the field of philanthropy,” said Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Our 2018 cohort class raises the bar on talent, drive, and vision—and we are eager to begin engaging with our cohort and for them to be able to apply their new knowledge at their home institutions and in their communities.”

The 2018 Career Pathways cohort members are:

  • Roy Agloinga| Program Officer | Rasmuson Foundation | Anchorage, AK
  • Paul Bachleitner | Communications Director| Northwest Area Foundation | St. Paul, MN
  • Elizabeth Cheung | Senior Program Officer | Conrad N. Hilton Foundation | Agoura Hills, CA
  • Chris Crothers | Senior Program Officer |Jessie Ball duPont Fund | Jacksonville, FL
  • Victoria Grasso | Senior Program Officer | Cooper Foundation | Lincoln, NE
  • Sarah Jankowski | President, Viking Global Foundation | New York, NY
  • Andrea Landes | Vice President |Grants Management, The Commonweath Fund | New York, NY
  • Lindsey Linzer | Director of Grants Administration |The Miami Foundation | Miami, FL
  • Courtney Lopez | Director of Development | Santa Fe Community Foundation | Sante Fe, NM
  • Michelle Lugalia-Hollon |Director, Program Initiatives | San Antonio Area Foundation | San Antonio, TX
  • Rosita Najmi |Program Officer | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Seattle, WA
  • Vivian Oden | Director of Donor Services | Hampton Roads Community Foundation | Norfolk, VA
  • Lauren Padilla-Valverde | Senior Program Manager |The California Endowment | Oakland, CA
  • Steven Pearson | Manager | IBM Corporate Citizenship, IBM | Durham, NC
  • Sari Raskin |Director of Grants and Community Leadership |The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia | Oakton, VA
  • Allison Sparks | Executive Director | The Masto Foundation | San Francisco, CA
  • LaDawn Sullivan | Director of Leadership & Equity | The Denver Foundation | Denver, CO
  • Jidan Terry-Koon | Program Officer |The San Francisco Foundation | Oakland, CA
  • Punita Thurman | Program Director |The Skillman Foundation | Detroit, MI
  • Mandy Tuong | Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary | InFaith Community Foundation | Minneapolis, MN
  • Monica Varela | Director of Impact, Metrics and Evaluation |The Clinton Foundation | Bogota, Colombia
  • Laura Washington |Director of Communications |The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | New York, NY
  • Irene Wong | Director of Local Grantmaking | The David and Lucile Packard Foundation | Los Altos, CA
  • Melinda Wright |Program Officer | Walton Family Foundation | Raleigh, NC

Career Pathways will convene four times across the country in 2018 and be hosted by several leading philanthropic institutions, including the CDC Foundation (January 22-24); The Skillman Foundation (August 1-3); and The California Community Foundation (November 7-9). The spring convening will take place in conjunction with the Council’s inaugural Public Policy Summit in Philadelphia April 11-13, 2018.

Career Pathways is supported by The Duke Endowment, The Kresge Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  For more information about Career Pathways, visit

About the Foundation

Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.