I am thrilled to announce that Catherine Wigginton Greene and Emma Carew Grovum have joined the Board of Directors for the Tiffany Shackelford Foundation.
Catherine is a writer, producer, documentary filmmaker, and educator whose storytelling focuses on strengthening human connection and understanding. Her most recent production, Let's Take This Offline – a live sketch-comedy show about the absurdity of modern digital communication – premiered at Capital Fringe Theater Festival in 2022. Her feature documentary I’m Not Racist... Am I? follows a diverse group of teens and their families through a yearlong exploration of race and racism and is used throughout the U.S. as a teaching tool for starting racial dialogue. And her debut novel (co-authored with Christine Platt) Rebecca, Not Becky, a story about race, friendship, and motherhood, will be published in December 2023 by Amistad.
A graduate of Coe College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Catherine is currently pursuing her doctorate from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where she is researching group dialogue.
Catherine loves books, podcasts, and films and will always want to know what you're reading, listening to, or watching. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, three daughters, and mini goldendoodle PJ.
In addition to the impressive skills and experience Catherine brings to the Foundation leadership, she was also Tiffany’s long-time close friend. Their friendship spanned 20 years, and it will be special to have Catherine’s insight on the Board. Catherine and her husband and daughters have been like a part of our family for a long time.
Emma Carew Grovum is the director of careers and culture at The Marshall Project, an online journalism nonprofit that covers criminal justice issues in the United States. She also founded Kimbap Media, a consultancy solving problems at the intersection of technology and audience. In addition to bringing anti-racism interventions to newsrooms, Emma coaches journalists on leadership, product thinking, and digital transformation. She is a co-founder and regular contributor to the News Product Alliance, runs a leadership accelerator for journalists of color called Upward, and co-hosts “Sincerely, Leaders of Color,” a space for anyone interested in building a safer industry for journalists of color. She currently serves on the board of directors of Prism, a women/BIPOC-centered news startup.
She previously held a range of roles in editorial, leadership, and product, specializing in digital media and technology at The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Star Tribune. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she has served as a guest coach and faculty member at the Poynter Institute’s Women’s Leadership Academy and as an adjunct faculty member at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. She lives in New York City.
Emma has already made an impact on the Foundation’s efforts by personally inspiring the establishment of a new scholarship fund to help folks from marginalized backgrounds get to conferences and take unpaid speaking opportunities. Emma has been wonderful in her commitment to helping us remember Tiffany. “I wouldn’t be who I am today as a woman and a leader without Tiffany’s guiding hand and influence,” she says. “Every pep talk, every piece of feedback, every chance to soar. She boosted me when I didn’t know how to do so for myself.”
“Tiffany was more than a mentor, really, she was my first sponsor. But we didn’t have a word for it back then, or, at least I didn't. But I knew that I loved and appreciated her immensely. I’m not sure she ever knew just how much.”
I am honored that both of these women will be helping us nurture Tiffany’s legacy through the work of the Foundation.
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