Director, Race Equity and Inclusion
As director of race equity and inclusion, Nonet Sykes works to promote the most effective strategies to improve access to opportunities and equitable outcomes for children, families and communities of color. Previously, Sykes managed capacity building resources designed to strengthen neighborhoods and families and led an international learning strategy that contributed to the Foundation’s knowledge and experience in using data to advocate for improvements in child wellbeing.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, Sykes served as deputy executive director and director of programs for the Maryland Center for Community Development, managing technical assistance and training. Sykes also has served as a community development specialist with the Baltimore Community Development Financing Corporation and executive director of Tri-Churches Housing, Inc.
Sykes is co-chair of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Rehabilitation.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore, where she was a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow.