Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust promotes two to program directors


The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has promoted two veteran grant makers to program directors.

Robert Berger and Belen Gonzalez, both long-time grants officers, will be responsible for leading grant making and initiatives in Arizona.

"They have very deep knowledge of their community - the people, organizations and issues - and will now be taking a more strategic role in planning the Trust's giving," said Gene D'Adamo, president and CEO of the Trust.

Berger and Gonzalez joined the Trust in 2000 and helped develop its three giving areas: Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature, and Enriching Community Life.

The Trust restructured its leadership team after the departure of its Arizona grants program director, Dr. Edmund Portnoy, who retired in April.
In addition to the leadership change, the Arizona grants team is adding a new program associate.

The Trust's Indiana office also made personnel changes, promoting David Hillman and Lee Ann Hoy to program directors.

Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $224 million to nearly 900 Arizona and Indiana nonprofit organizations.

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About the new program directors

Robert Berger is an environmental specialist, working closely with organizations on statewide conservation issues. He leads the Trust's work in the Protecting Animals and Nature giving area, including the Fix.Adopt.Save. animal welfare initiative to reduce the number of homeless animals in the metropolitan Phoenix area. He co-founded and oversees the Summer Youth Program Fund, serving Maricopa County. Mr. Berger received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University.

Belen Gonzalez leads the Trust's work with the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative to improve the lives of foster youth as they age out of the child welfare system. She oversees many of the social service agency proposals. She founded the Latina Giving Circle to encourage philanthropy among the rising number of Hispanic women professionals in Arizona. Gonzalez is board chair of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Chicago.

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