All eligible applications will receive feedback.

Expert Review PanelSelection Committee

Peer to Peer Review

During peer-to-peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using four criteria: game-changing, equitable, bold and actionable. These are the same criteria that the expert review panel will use. In addition to evaluating each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, peer-to-peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. Peer-to-peer reviewers are asked to carefully read the applications assigned to them and provide meaningful feedback. Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures all applicants are treated fairly. Based on the rank order of scores, a subset of applications will move forward to the expert review panel.

Expert Review Panel

The expert review panel members have been carefully chosen for their commitment to racial equity, their knowledge and experience. They will each provide scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. Each application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized to ensure fairness.

Heather Parish

Co-Executive Director, Pierce Family Charitable Foundation

Brian Payne

President & CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation

Catherine Pino

CEO & Founder, D&P Creative Strategies

Vivian Price

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University at Dominguez Hills

Shahla Raza

Founder-Director, Yusra Community Center

Matt Reed

Global Director of Institutional Partnerships & CEO, AKF (UK) Aga Khan Foundation

Michael Renvillard

Director, Facilitation & Experience, LEGO Foundation

Deepti Rohatgi

Head, Slack for Good & Public Affairs, Slack

Carmen Rojas

CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Layla Saad


Maria Saenz

Director, Programa de Liderazgo Consciente, Innovador e Inspirador

Juan Salgado

Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

Doris Salomón

Director of Programs, Chicago United

Katina Saoulli

Executive Director, I AM YOU

Dana Schmidt

Senior Program Officer, Echidna Giving

Tembinkosi Semwayo

Managing Director, Ontolligent Software Services

Celina Solis

PhD Candidate, Integrated Studies in Land & Food Systems (ISLFS)

Lorna Solis

Founder & CEO, Elevate & GritTekkie

Renata Soto

Founder, Mosaic Changemakers

Marc Spencer

CEO, Summer Search

Sheldon Spotted Elk

Director, Indian Child Welfare, Casey Family Programs

Adrienne Starks

Founder & CEO, STREAM Innovations

Erik Stegman

Executive Director, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Barbara Stinson

President, The World Food Prize Foundation

Ricardo Sunga III

Associate Professor of International Human Rights & Chair of Political Law, De La Salle University

Peter Taylor

President, ECMC Foundation

Negar Tayyar

Co-Founder & Director, Global Whole Being Fund (GWBF)

Stefanie Thomas

Investments, Impact America Fund

Gerald Torres

Professor of Environmental Justice, Yale School of the Environment

Janice Urbanik

Senior Director for Innovation & Strategy, National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Urvashi Vaid

President, The Vaid Group LLC

Judith del Angel Velazquez Santopietro


Vanessa Wakeman

Founder & CEO, The Wakeman Agency

Ari Wallach

Founder & Executive Director, Longpath Labs

Najeeba Wazefadost

Co-founder, APNOR (Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Refugee advocate)

David Weil

Dean & Professor, Heller School of Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University

James White

Board Member, Panera Bread, Schnuck Markets, Adtalem Global Education

Dilhani Wijeyesekera

Social Justice & Philanthropy Advisor

Annie Wright

Executive Director, Southern Methodist University’s Center on Research & Evaluation (CORE)

Linus Yamane

Professor of Economics, Pitzer College

Ruth Zambrana

Director, Consortium on Race, Gender & Ethnicity, University of Maryland

Annette Zou

Systems Strategy Designer, Stanford ChangeLabs

Selection Committee

In partnership with Lever for Change, the selection committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to ten Finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, rank from the expert review panel, organizational capacity and geographic diversity. The selection of the Finalists and Awardees is at the sole discretion of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.