January 10, 2023

Marguerite Casey Foundation appoints Dr. Megan Ming Francis to board, names Ian Fuller as chair

Major movement funder welcomes accomplished leaders

SEATTLE — Today, Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF) announced the appointment of G. Alan and Barbara Delsman Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Law, Societies, and Justice at the University of Washington Dr. Megan Ming Francis to the organization’s board of directors. MCF also announced that board treasurer Ian Fuller, a co-founder and partner at WestFuller Advisors, has been appointed to board chair. 

“Dr. Francis’ expertise and insights will help Marguerite Casey Foundation advance our programmatic and strategic goals and work to maximize the transformative impact of philanthropy,” MCF President and CEO Dr. Carmen Rojas said. “Ian Fuller is a longtime MCF partner and leader in empowering disenfranchised communities, and we are thrilled to have him step into his new leadership role as board chair.”

“As a Marguerite Casey Foundation Freedom Scholar award recipient in 2020, joining the foundation board is both a tremendous honor and full circle moment for me,” said Dr. Francis. “I am committed to supporting the next generation of academic leaders who will shape our nation and work to shift the balance of power in society, and I look forward to drawing on my extensive research into philanthropy and political activism to help Marguerite Casey Foundation achieve that goal.”

The MCF board appointments happen as Melody Barnes completes 10 years of distinguished service to the board, including serving as board chair for the past two years.

“Marguerite Casey Foundation has seen insightful and refined institutional growth under Melody’s leadership as board chair,” said Dr. Rojas. “Thanks to her leadership, we are poised to be increasingly impactful in our work going forward and have established a firm precedent for continuous self-improvement.”

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