Reporte Anual de 2022 | en Español

Pursuing Equity, Championing ALICE.

Dear Friends,

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Arkansans are the heroes of every story we tell at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF). Close to half the residents of our state work tirelessly every day and cannot afford the basics of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology.

ALICE Arkansans are heroes who work hard for all of us, but we won’t romanticize their circumstances – it’s not equitable, sustainable, and bad for the state. ALICE exists only because of the structural disparity in our economy, which we need to fix.

At WRF, we will continue to raise our voices, tackle the root causes of the challenges facing ALICE families, and actively pursue making Arkansas a state where hard work truly works for all. To that end, in 2022, we doubled down on our strategy to disrupt failing public systems and support the organizing needed to build new ones by:

  • Partnering with other funders to resource the LBGTQ+ Advancement Fund to support better economic and social outcomes for LGBTQ+ Arkansans
  • Scaling the Micah Fellows Program to develop Arkansas faith leaders as vocal champions for living wages, affordable housing, and reasonably priced childcare
  • Supporting  the Arkansas Black Philanthropy Coalition’s (ABPC) partnership with Facebook and the Arkansas Community Foundation to distribute $1 million to Black-led organizations that build resilience in communities around the state
  • Resourcing organizations like the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, the Urban League, and DecARcerate use their voices to further an ALICE-friendly policy agenda at the state level
  • Funding the Arkansas Black-Brown Power Coalition to help diversify who sits in positions of power and advocate for policies supporting communities of color in Arkansas

In addition to WRF’s  $5.4 million in grants to challenge those systemic barriers, we leveraged significant investments inside and outside the state.

  • A $1M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of AR Equity 2025
  • An additional $70K to support immigrant-led and serving organizations that center immigrant voices through leadership development and power building as part of the Delivering on the Dream Fund
  • An additional $100K from Rockefeller Philanthropies to support the coordinated campaign for a state EITC that ultimately passed as an essential tax credit for ALICE families
  • Nearly $700,000 from the Walmart Foundation for Excel by Eight to pilot the Healthy Steps model 
  • More than $200K in support from the Arkansas Community Foundation and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation to launch a housing cohort of ALICE-serving organizations dedicated to mitigating the impact of eviction on ALICE families and building the long-term advocacy capacity for more equitable tenant rights in Arkansas
WRF is committed to funding change and championing equity. We trust and believe in our partners, who bring deep understanding and innovative solutions to Arkansas’ challenges. Our grantmaking is rooted in open, collaborative, and accountable relationships with those partners and the communities they serve.

We invite you to join us in this relentless pursuit of equity for all Arkansans.

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury

Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Cory Anderson

Chief Innovation Officer

Andrea Dobson

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Rev. Shantell Hinton-Hill

Rev. Shantell Hinton-Hill

Senior Equity Officer

Katie Wiggins

Grants and Learning Officer

Nia Lindsey

Nia Lindsey

WRF Intern

Christian Scott-Richards

Leadership Associate and Board Liaison

Madhav Shroff

Equity Officer

Sherra Bennett

Equity Officer


Equity Officer *through Sept. 22

Vvdaul Holloway

Program Associate

Kim Kenser

Program Associate

Murray Britton

Murray Britton

Operations and Learning Associate

Michael Castens

Program Associate *through March 22


Board Chair 
Chris Cardona, Ph.D.

Program Officer | Ford Foundation

Vice Board Chair
Charlotte Parham, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor | University of Central Arkansas College of Education

Board Secretary
Cedric Williams

Mayor | Forrest City, Arkansas

Vicki Saviers

Independent Education Management Professional

Alejandro Avilés Rodríguez

Director of Policy and Social Impact | Never Whisper Justice

Melissa Wyman Bradley

Assistant Vice President | Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Kiisha Morrow, J.D.

Head of Diversity & Inclusion I Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Terry Mazany

Chief Collaboration Officer | Collaboratory

Mike Ramirez

Community Development Representative | Arvest Bank

Lisenne Rockefeller

Chair and CEO | The Winrock Group, Inc. and Winrock Farms, Inc.

Win Rockefeller Jr.

Principal | Theseus Holdings LLC

Sharon Toomer

Founder | Toomer Strategies LLC

Naccaman Williams

Special Projects Director | Walton Family Foundation