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A Conversation with GEO President and CEO Marcus Walton

Monday, January 27, 2020 -
2:30pm to 5:00pm PST
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Join us for a conversation with Marcus Walton, GEO’s new President and CEO. Marcus will share his vision for GEO in the coming years and invite your reflections on how GEO can support grantmakers and move the field of philanthropy forward.

Recently announced as GEO’s new president and CEO, Marcus F. Walton, a non-profit industry veteran, has served as a community organizer, non-profit practitioner, grantmaker, leadership coach and collaborative change maker who has successfully harnessed the power of change to develop more effective strategies for cultivating thriving communities. The appointment of Walton signals a pivotal time for GEO, as it recognizes racial equity as one of the critical cornerstones for effective philanthropy and transformation in its multi-year strategic plan. As a certified executive coach and facilitator, Walton has a decades-long track record of leading institutional change with community-based and philanthropic organizations, including The Cleveland Foundation and Neighborhood Progress Inc. Subsequently, he went on to serve as Vice President & COO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), where he oversaw operations, HR, staff development and the administration of racial equity focused programming. In his most recent role as Director of Racial Equity Initiatives for Borealis Philanthropy, Walton worked in partnership with 19 philanthropy-serving organizations to move from transactional to transformative partnership models that close access gaps in marginalized communities, increase engagement and improve outcomes.

About Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations exists to help grantmakers turn their desire to improve into real progress. That’s the power of the GEO community. With more than 7,000 grantmakers across the globe, we work together to lift up the grantmaking practices that matter most to nonprofits and that truly improve philanthropy. There’s no shortage of advice out there for grantmakers working to improve. There’s also no shortage of hurdles to making change. Since 1997, GEO has provided opportunities for grantmakers to come together to share knowledge and inspire each other to act. GEO members find value in making strong connections to address mutual challenges, navigating the same journey to improve.

GEO staff attending:

Marcus Walton, President and CEO,

Marcus F. Walton joins GEO with over a decade of practice in both nonprofit management and the ontological learning model. He specializes in operationalizing conceptual frameworks; racial equity facilitation and training; leadership and management strategy; stakeholder engagement; program development and navigating philanthropy.In his previous role as Director of Racial Equity Initiatives for Borealis Philanthropy, Marcus lead Racial Equity Initiatives to transform the DEI movement to prioritize strategies that close gaps in access to opportunity, resources and well-being (across all categories of gender, identity, sexual orientation, class and ability). As VP & COO for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Marcus oversaw operations, HR and staff development, and the overall strategy, conceptualization and administration of racial equity programming.Marcus is a Newfield Network-trained ontological coach, with additional training in the Action Learning systems coaching model. He promotes coaching as a tool for personal mastery, racial equity & systems change, social sector excellence and transformation within marginalized communities.

Nichole Hoeflich, Director of Programs,


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Program

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Happy Hour

Target audience

This event is open to GEO members, Philanthropy CA members, and anyone eligible for GEO or Philanthropy CA membership. 


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