Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Our People

Board of Directors

Wanda G. Wiser, President and Secretary of the Board
John Kent Cooke, Sr.
Gregory R. Dillon
Stuart A. Haney, Esq.
Linda J. King
Mark Pollak, Esq.
Howard B. Soloway, Esq.

Harold O. Levy, Executive Director

Giuseppe Basili, Chief Operating Officer

Marianne Stanley, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff

Dr. Jennifer Glynn, Director, Research and Evaluation

Dana O'Neill, Director, Scholarship Programs

Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn, Director, Scholarship Programs

Cecilia Marshall, Director, Strategic Initiatives


Gianina Lockley

Educational Adviser, Young Scholars

Department: Scholarship Programs

As an educational adviser, Ms. Lockley provides academic advising and access to educational opportunities to the Foundation’s HigherEd Scholars.

Prior to joining the HigherEd team, Ms. Lockley spent six years advising students in our Young Scholars department. Before coming to the Foundation, Ms. Lockley worked in graduate admissions, residence life and the office of multicultural affairs at Columbia College Chicago where she assisted students with their academic and personal concerns. Additionally, she taught elementary students in the DC Reads after school advocacy program.

Ms. Lockley holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University, M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago, and has studied abroad at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. She has completed certificates in Project Leadership and Nonprofit Executive Leadership from eCornell and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Ms. Lockley is a staunch advocate for social justice issues and is currently pursuing a Professional Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Additionally, she completed a 5-month leadership development program at the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC.

Ms. Lockley is extremely passionate about the arts and has worked as a docent and museum educator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African Art. She is a dancer, playwright and actress who has performed in Detroit, Chicago, and most recently at the The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

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