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Foundation welcomes new managers for grants, culture and values

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation has welcomed two new members to its team. Lauren Woody is the first Culture and Values Manager and Nicholas Wenham is the first Grants Manager.

Lauren brings more than ten years of experience in both philanthropy and development to her role at the Foundation. Lauren began her career at the Barr Foundation, where, as a program assistant to the deputy director, she focused on relationships with grantees and the Foundation’s values through grants management, supporting arts and education programs, and communications. She also dedicated part of her time to human resources. Lauren continued her passion for creating strong partnerships and mission-based work as a foundation relations manager at two organizations. Facing History and Ourselves is committed to providing historical and contemporary resources, workshops and other learning forums to stop bigotry and hate from happening in the future. Most recently Lauren served at Summer Search Boston, which offers long-term mentoring and summer experiences for low-income Boston youth.

In her new role at the Foundation, Lauren serves as the organization’s “minister of culture” with a portfolio that includes ensuring that the Foundation’s policies and practices promote diversity at all levels, creating a real and virtual environment of hospitality, designing efforts to build relationships of mutuality and trust with the Foundation’s stakeholders, and experimenting with participatory processes. She will actively work in a variety of ways to intentionally promote a kind and productive culture within the organization, and support a new staff team through a period of rapid growth.     

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in English from William Smith College in Geneva, NY and lives with her husband in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Nicholas brings 16 years of professional experience to the Foundation, inclusive of nonprofit direct service, grant writing, and philanthropic grants management, most recently at Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. At the Foundation, he collaborates with the director of finance and operations to develop and manage the technology forward systems and processes used for grant tracking and administration. Nicholas also serves as the key interface between the Foundation and grant seekers. He is responsible for ensuring that grant seekers are treated with respect and that their time is well-used throughout the entire process from initial inquiry through grant file closure.

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Nicholas holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. In his free time, he enjoys music of all genres, gardening, and spending quality time with Gage, his English Labrador Retriever.