Staff

If you have any questions about our programs or preparing a grant proposal, please don't hesitate to contact one of the staff members listed below.

Meg Cushing, Associate Director 
Program: Sustainable Resources Management

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(212) 421-6858  x 123
mcushing@tinker.org

Since joining the Foundation in 1987, Meg has worked in a variety of roles that support the programmatic and administrative functions of the Foundation. She is currently Associate Director and program officer for the Foundation’s environmental initiatives. In this capacity, she oversees the development and implementation of projects that foster sustainable resource use, balancing conservation objectives with the needs of local communities that rely on natural resources and healthy ecosystems for their livelihoods and survival. She has served on selection committees for the Kleinhans Fellowships and the Overbrook Conservation Fellows Program and was a member of Philanthropy New York’s Program Committee. She earned an AB in anthropology and sociology from Lafayette College.



Caroline B. Kronley, 
President
Program: Democratic Governance

Caroline B. Kronley

(212) 421-6858  x 130
ckronley@tinker.org

Caroline joins the Tinker Foundation as its third President. Previously, she worked as the Managing Director for Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, leading the development of new programmatic initiatives. Earlier in her career, she was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners as well as Booz & Company where she served a broad range of clients on strategy and organizational performance. Caroline worked for a number of years in Mexico, where she oversaw strategic planning activities for a microfinance institution. In this role, she designed and led marketing, partnership, training, and program evaluation initiatives. She graduated from Haverford College with a degree in history and a concentration in Latin American studies and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.



Angelina Pienczykowski, 
Grants Manager

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(212) 421-6858  x 124
apienczykowski@tinker.org

Prior to joining the Tinker Foundation, Angelina worked at in grants management at Unbound Philanthropy. She has also worked in a variety of roles in Office Operations, Communications and Evaluation. She was also a Policy and Research Fellow at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. Angelina volunteers her time with National Model United Nations, which holds one of the largest conferences of university students from over 130 countries. Angelina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College and a Master's in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.



Avi Richman, Program Officer

Programs: Education and liaison for the Tinker Visiting Professor and Field Research Grants programs

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(212) 421-6858  x 131
arichman@tinker.org

Avi has worked in various roles in public education for more than a decade in the United States and Latin America. He has served as a teacher and teacher trainer with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, as a College Advisor at two public high schools in the Bronx, and performed field research on affirmative action policies in Brazil. Prior to joining Tinker, he was a Senior Program Manager for PENCIL, an education non-profit in New York City that leverages ideas, talents, and resources from the private sector to improve public school performance and connect students to success. Avi holds a graduate degree in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University and was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Brazilian Portuguese. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and trying all the foods that New York City has to offer.



Susan Vega, 
Director of Finance and Administration

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(212) 421-6858  x 129
svega@tinker.org

Susan is deeply committed to serving nonprofits in a financial capacity and has enjoyed working with people dedicated to furthering a mission. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served at various institutions ranging from scientific education, Big Wildcat conservation and finally a private foundation advancing immigration acceptance into host societies. Her current interests include studying the topic of organizational strategic processes, alignment, and the impact of operational functions on organizational goals.

Susan is responsible for all aspects of accounting and financial reporting, administration of human resources and coordinating activities beneficial to the Foundation’s stakeholders.