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Introducing our New Vice President of Programs and Partnerships Marcella J. Tillett

We are pleased to announce the addition of Marcella J. Tillett to our staff as the new Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

“Marcella has the perfect combination of on the ground activism and service as well as executive management and oversight the Foundation needs to lead its programs team into the future,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “She brings an impressive array of experience to the position, and we look forward to having her insight and leadership strengthen our partnerships and initiatives as we continue to invest in Brooklyn’s communities to spark lasting, meaningful change in the borough.”
 
Marcella is a social justice advocate and practitioner working at the intersections of health, race, and gender. She currently serves as a Vice President at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) overseeing Project Street Beat, their unique HIV-prevention, harm reduction, and access-to-care program. She has worked at PPNYC since 2010 and has spent over a decade actively engaged in HIV prevention and access to care and sexual and reproductive justice advocacy through community planning work in NYC and nationally. Marcella's work has focused on affirming community needs and priorities during the development of policies, services, and resource allocation, which has included the New York State Ending The Epidemic Women’s Advisory Committee and New York City Sexual and Reproductive Justice Community Engagement Group.  She currently serves as a Board Member of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work.
 
“Brooklyn Community Foundation is providing critical leadership in changing the approach to philanthropy.  I am excited to join this dynamic organization as Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, as the Foundation centers a practice of racial justice and equity that amplifies the expertise of and fundamentally shifts power and resources to the communities it seeks to serve and partner with as the work to strengthen Brooklyn neighborhoods continues,” said Marcella.
 
“As a long-time Brooklyn resident, non-profit leader, and service provider, I look forward to forging new partnerships throughout the borough and am committed to being an accountable collaborator with community members from Crown Heights to Coney Island, East New York to Sunset Park, and the many points in between."
 
Marcella holds a Master's of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having worked on HIV Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) program development in Botswana from 2004 to 2006. She is also a self-described marathoner, knitter, auntie, and proud Brooklynite.  

Jameela Syed

Development and Communications Associate
“Marcella has the perfect combination of on the ground activism and service as well as executive management and oversight the Foundation needs to lead its programs team into the future,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke.