Lavastian Glenn directs the Program Team and the Foundation’s efforts in mission investing, including program-related investments. Lavastian also is responsible for strategic grantmaking, relationship and network development in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. She supports grantee partners engaged in asset development, community economic development and public policy/systems reform. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Lavastian served as Executive Director of Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN), a grassroots support organization in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During her tenure, Lavastian expanded NBN’s program activities beyond neighborhood grantmaking to include grassroots organizing, leadership development through the Neighborhood Institute for Community Leadership, technical assistance/project development support, and simultaneous English/Spanish language translation.
Lavastian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wake Forest University and has participated in a number of local, regional and national trainings, including Neighbor Works, the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, Crossroads' Dismantling Racism, the North Carolina People’s Coalition on Giving, Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellowship (2007) and the ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship (2012). Lavastian serves on the steering committee of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, a working group of the Neighborhood Funders Group that advocates for increased investments in the South for structural change and equitable outcomes for low-wealth communities.