Samuel S. Fels Fund


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We are excited to share that after four years of increasing responsibilities, and contributions that outpaced her job description, Shanell Ransom is being promoted to a newly created Program Officer role.  Beginning January 1, 2020, Shanell will be responsible for the Social, Racial and Economic Justice grants portfolio while increasing her focus on ‘Beyond the Grant’ support for our grantee partners.  And because she and we wouldn’t have it any other way, Shanell will continue to help Fels embed equitable philanthropic practices across the organization.  From day-one, Shanell’s been committed to the justice mission of Fels and has worked to ensure we are walking our talk.  As she has grown, so has the Samuel S. Fels Fund grown, and we are thrilled to see her step into this new role. 

Beginning January 21, 2020, Michelle Currica will be joining the Fels Fund as Grants & Operations Manager where she will be responsible for the daily operations of the organization as well as grants management and internal financial systems.  Michelle has dedicated much of the past seven years to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund where she is known for her technological wizardry, is the “go-to” for participatory grantmaking practice and has become a trusted source for hundreds of arts & culture organizations in Philadelphia.  As one person who worked closely with Michelle observed, “She’s got the administrative chops that leave the rest of us in the dust.”  (We’re hoping that’s pixie dust and are looking forward to her spreading it around Fels!) 

So please join us in congratulating Shanell and welcoming Michelle! 

Here’s to the coming year.  May it bring good health, great joy, and ways for us to work together to bring opportunity, dignity and justice for all.

Check out Generocity’s Power Moves article about these staff changes

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