Meet the GEO CEO

Friday, January 31, 2020
9:30am - 11:30am PST
San Diego Grantmakers
5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 350, San Diego, CA 92122
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Share coffee and conversation with the new CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Marcus Walton will join us to hear what you believe are the pressing issues and priorities for our region and how GEO can support our work. Your voice in this exchange is critical! We are proud to partner with this respected national organization to enhance our members' learning and network. 


Recently announced as GEOs 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 has 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)

Since 1997, GEO is a nonprofit organization that has provided opportunities for grantmakers to come together to share knowledge and inspire each other to act. With more than 7,000 grantmakers across the globe, the organization works together to lift up the grantmaking practices that matter most to nonprofits and that truly improve philanthropy. GEO members find value in making strong connections to address mutual challenges, navigating the same journey to improve. 


Interested in joining GEO? Learn more by visiting their website. Member benefits include access to their Peer Learning activities, the GEOlist listserv, special prices for events and partner offerings, access to resources such as their publications and more.

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