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 
Programs: Sustainable Resources Management and Cuba-related initiatives

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Since joining the Foundation in 1987, Meg has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as program officer for the Foundation’s environmental program initiatives. In this capacity, she oversees the development and implementation of projects that foster sustainable resource use, balancing conservation with the needs of local communities who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods and survival. She has had the privilege of serving on the selection committees for the Kleinhans Fellowships and the Overbrook Conservation Fellows Program and as a member of Philanthropy New York’s Program Committee

Caroline B. Kronley, 
Program: Democratic Governance

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Caroline B. Kronley joins the Tinker Foundation as its third President. Previously, Caroline 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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Prior to joining the Tinker Foundation, Angelina worked at Unbound Philanthropy in Grants Management and 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 with University students from over 130 countries. Angelina received a Master in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and a Bachelor in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

Avi Richman, Program Officer

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

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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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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.