The first cohort of Maestra will include three 2.5-day retreats between May-December 2019 at different Just Transition sites across the country. There will be approximately 12-15 hours of individual preparation and virtual group work during the 9-month program.
Here is the schedule for the first cohort:
- April: Cohort launch including assessment and check ins (virtual)
- May 14-17: Opening retreat (Bay Area, CA)
- June, July, August: Check ins and learning sessions (virtual)
- September 3-6: 2nd retreat (Boston, MA)
- October: 3rd retreat (tentatively Rapid City, SD)
- November: Check ins and learning sessions (virtual)
- December: Closing and evaluation (virtual)
Who is Maestra designed for?
Because we recognize that philanthropic leadership is not a solo journey, we invite participants to join the program in pairs: 1 staff member and 1 trustee from the same institution will participate together to deepen your alignment, analysis and trust with each other and collectively in the field. Participants will explore how to create intentional practices for their philanthropy rather than following routine habits.
The first cohort of the Maestra program is best suited for executive-level staff (Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Presidents, etc.) and trustees who are actively working to align their philanthropic institutions with the principles of Just Transition across their grants and investments. The first cohort will be an opportunity to go deeper together, to test and learn from peers about what practices actually move us closer to philanthropic transformation, and to receive support in implementing these practices institutionally with other staff and trustees.
What will I get out of Maestra?
A Just Transition for philanthropy will require all of us to lead with vision and to deepen our commitment and practices toward equity and justice. In the Resonance Framework, we outline 7 areas we believe will move us toward philanthropic transformation and in deeper alignment with a Just Transition. Maestra will support philanthropic leaders in deepening their capacity to move from extractive to regenerative practices in the following areas:
- Relationship to Communities
- Leadership and Role in the Field
- Endowment Management
- Grantmaking Strategy
- Grantmaking Process
- Grantmaking Decision
Who will I learn from in the program?
Maestra will be facilitated by a core team of Justice Funders staff members including Nwamaka Agbo, Jennifer Near, Dana Kawaoka-Chen, and Rachel Humphrey. Our main goal is for the participants to learn from each other about how they are practicing and implementing a Just Transition across grants and investments. We will also invite a number of philanthropic and field allies to attend the in-person retreats to highlight shared funder and movement practices in each of the Just Transition sites.