Gladys Washington leads the Program Team in planning and learning on public policy grantmaking, and she supervises the Foundation’s programmatic work in 11 Southern states. Gladys also oversees grants and program-related investments in Mississippi and Louisiana. Prior to joining the Babcock Foundation, Gladys was a Program Officer for the Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2019, Gladys received the Berea College Service Award, created "to honor persons who in their daily lives and their service to humanity have exemplified the Berea Commitments." In 2015, Gladys was named James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization’s highest honor. She serves on the board of State Voices, a national network of civic engagement organizations. She previously served as Chairwoman of ABFE’s Board of Directors, and she has been featured by multiple publications, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Black Gives Back, the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Gladys earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Charleston and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina and the University of Charleston.