President and CEO
Donna Frisby-Greenwood is the first President and CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, a unique foundation that aligns private foundations, corporations and businesses, community organizations and individual donors with school district leadership to achieve schools’ plans and strategies. It has supported the School District with more than $12,000,000 in grants and funding.
Before joining the Fund in 2015, Donna was the Philadelphia Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, overseeing grant making in the arts, journalism and multiple civic engagement programs that helped expand economic opportunity in the city. She administered the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, a donor-advised fund, and 150 grantees totaling $32 million. She also was responsible for co-creating the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Initiative that works to highlight and connect black men making a difference in Akron, Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
Prior to her work with the Knight Foundation, Donna built an exemplary career in education. She served as Director of College and Career Awareness for the School District of Philadelphia where she secured and managed grant funding of more than $40 million. Earlier, she co-founded and served as Executive Director of Children First, Inc., a leadership development and civic education program for low income urban adolescents, and After-School All-Stars. Nationally, Donna also was Executive Director of Rock the Vote and served as a National Urban Fellow at HUD where she was responsible for coordinating the University/Community grant portfolio and co-authored the Youth Development section of the White House Urban Policy Report.
She started her career as long-term substitute teacher in the School District of Philadelphia, teaching English and Social Studies at Elwood Elementary School and later general math at Olney Annex High School. And later became 4H extension agent working for the Penn State Cooperative Extension where she provided Philadelphia School District science teachers training and supplies for hands-on-science project and created the urban teen program.
Donna is on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, and Afro-One Dance Company as well as the advisory committee of Philly College Prep Roundtable. She was an Eisenhower Fellow and has won numerous awards including the 2018 Looking Out for Kids Lighthouse Award from Salus University, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Community College of Philadelphia, Leader of the Future Award from Essence Magazine and the Forum Award from the Forum of Executive Women to name a few.
Educated exclusively in public schools, Donna graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia and holds a Masters of Public of Administration from Baruch College/CUNY.