Our Grant Advisors
We believe that the best people to review grant applications are those who have personal experience working on similar initiatives. Our grant review team includes Pollination Project grantees and other trusted individuals working on many different issues around the world. A minimum of 3 people on this team reviews each qualified application. Together, they use the breadth of their experience to make the funding decisions for our grants
An ethical vegan, Catherine Perry teaches French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and film at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves as advisor to the fledgling student club VegND, created in 2015. Passionate about social justice, human rights, animal rights, and environmental rights, she integrates these values in her courses. She is also keen on teaching materials that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. In the Michiana region where she lives, she has been organizing Meetups for veg*ns, not only to provide mutual encouragement but also to raise awareness of their presence in the community. Having lived in both Switzerland and Morocco for many years, Catherine has extensive international experience. It is a joy and an honor for her to work for an association that advocates peace and compassion and that supports people who dedicate their energy to these great causes.
Charles Orgbon III’s journey as an environmentalist began in 2008; he was only 12-years-old. Charles noticed his school’s littered campus, and wanted to organize an effort to resolve the problem. He later developed Greening Forward, which would become a leading organization in the United States devoted to training and funding environmental leaders, ages 5-25. Greening Forward has distributed over tens of thousands of dollars in funding to youth environmental projects that plant trees, build compost bins, install rain barrels, monitor streams, recycle tons of waste, and advocate for a number of other environmental issues. In addition, Charles completed an Arctic Science Expedition that has helped informed his role as an informal environmental educator, has integrated his award-winning blueprint for youth environmental leadership into Chilean school systems, and consults numerous governmental and international agencies on their youth strategy around environmental issues. To date, Charles’s work is validated by over 31 local, national, and international awards, six book mentions, and over 100 speaking engagements since 2010. Charles was a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Georgia where he obtained an undergraduate degree in environmental economics and management and a certificate in global education and leadership in 2017. Starting winter 2018, he will become a business consultant for Deloitte in San Francisco, California.
Clement is the Founder-President of Global Compassion, a non-profit based organization in Douala, Cameroon. Global Compassion has worked with an international and local team of volunteers/interns (including visitors from UK, Cameroon and USA) to create and develop projects that will help the Santchou community to be self-sufficient in the near future (Potable water project, Computer lab center, empowering rural women and peace education for youth). Global Compassion received a Pollination Project grant in early 2015.
Clement’s passion is to contribute his skills and experience to community initiatives, and to grow small businesses managed by women and youth in rural areas. His aim is to transform rural communities by putting youth and women in the center of social development using small financial resources to create big impact on the ground.
Clement is an independent consultant at Top Tier Liaison and Conflict Resolution Services LLC in Arizona, USA; the President of Mabé Youth Association since 2015; and a consultant for project development in Nlate Ban San-Nzock cultural association in Santchou.
Additionally, Clement has experience in peacebuilding (conflict management and negotiation) through distance learning with USIP (www.usip.org), the University of Amsterdam through a scholarship from the European Commission, and the North South Centre for The Council of Europe. He is also among the 100 youth fellows selected for an interfaith co-existence, intercultural and peacebuilding program called “A Common Word Among the Youth” that includes several trainings and conferences in Africa, Europe and America. […]
David graduated with a BSc. Medical Biochemistry Degree of the University of Nairobi and returned to his community of Obunga Slum where he founded Riley Orton Foundation Org (ROF), a Kenyan nonprofit supporting underprivileged girls to break the cycle of poverty by implementing sustainable education programs.
Having been raised in Obunga slum and seeing women and children struggle to survive and break free from poverty, He has always been determined to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the less privileged in his community.
He started Akili Library and Information Technology center in fall of 2010, and Akili Preparatory School for Girls in Jan 2012. He has seen the growth of the library and the school over the years into a center of excellence supporting 85 underprivileged girls and adding 15 more every year.
As the Founder/Director of Operations at ROF, he is involved in managing the Akili library and preparatory School, Akili sustainable farm, recruiting teachers, researching and writing grants, partnership development and organizing training for staff as well as coordinating volunteer activities. David received a TPP grant in support of Akili School in 2014.
David says that he is driven by an innate desire to create sustainable change from the inside with the local community as the development experts.
DeJuana Golden, MS, EJD is a single mother of three children including her 13-year-old son CJ who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. She is the founder and director of Special Shades of Color, where she aims to provide a real look inside of the lives of parents raising special needs children via the power of video blogs.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Golden Gate University (Master’s degree), and Concord Law School (Executive Juris Doctorate); DeJuana has over 13 years of experience in marketing, advocacy, and community service. She is currently enrolled in a Special Education Advocacy Training program through COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), with the goal of improving access to services in order to enhance the lives of children, parents, and families in the special needs community.
DeJuana has been honored as a Rising Star by the Orange County Global Women’s Conference for her work with Special Shades of Color. Additionally, Special Shades of Color has been awarded the Pollination Project Grant (2013), LIFE Ministries Grant (2013), Impact Grant through the Pollination Project (2014), and featured on KTLA’s Helpful Honda commercial highlighting those who make a difference in their communities (2014).
Derek Young is a veteran CSR/Sustainability and communications professional with nearly 17 years of experience. He is recognized as a thought leader capable of working across industries, analyzing and determining needs and opportunities for value creation and building and delivering strategic CSR/Sustainability programs, messaging and branding campaigns, and community and stakeholder engagement efforts.
Derek has worked in the public policy, non-profit, for profit and consulting sectors and has developed deep experience in the areas of strategic analysis, corporate sustainability, communications, message development and branding, energy and water efficiency, corporate responsibility, non-profit partnerships, charitable giving, and community and stakeholder engagement.
Derek has helped to start and lead CSR and Sustainability programs at several corporations and most recently developed and lead the Responsible Business function globally for TGI Fridays restaurant chain. In 2014 Derek joined Edelman Public Relations as a contract employee providing council and support to the Dallas offices corporate and consumer practice areas as well as providing subject matter expertise on Business and Social Purpose issues. He supports clients ranging from an innovative biosciences company to an international non-profit focused on reducing food waste and alleviating childhood hunger.
Derek is part of several boards including the Grant Advisory Board for The Pollination Project, the Steering Committee for the Dallas Corporate Citizenship Network the Food Advisory Council for the North Texas Food Bank and has served as a past Advisory Council member for Sustainable Brands.
Desire Johnson-Forte is an Oakland native who received her B.A in English from Mills College (Creative Writing) and minor in Ethnic Studies. Between her full time work and passion oriented consulting: she uses shared narrative to transform the possibilities society & culture have outlined for black youth;a budding innovator of pilot-program participatory implementation & monitoring. She works full-time as the Downtown TAY Program Manager, and is a youth co-facilitator at Oakland’s Youth Impact Hub. In between time she runs her (3) social enterprises: the BIZ Stoop (educational consulting, life style curation, and youth development); Damn Good Teas (natural ready-made herbal tea beverage); and Luv Euphor (crafts & artisan goods).
Elle Morgan’s diverse experience ranges from being a counselor at a youth wilderness center, a teacher at an inner city arts/career learning center and a newspaper and magazine writer. As a freelance writer she covers topics on health and wellness, spirituality, and women’s leadership.
She lives in State College, PA with her husband Terry and their dog Willy. She is currently the director of a retreat center on 36-acres of woodland in Clearfield County where she runs her program, The Elements of New Life Scripts for at-risk youth, women and anyone interested in personal transformation.