Vice President, Programs
Tamitha Walker McKinnis joined Deaconess Foundation as Vice President of Programs in January 2017. Tamitha leads the community investment strategy of the Foundation, implementing and evaluating the foundation’s community capacity building, grantmaking, policy and advocacy programs. She is personally and professionally committed to research, teaching, and practice that transforms the lives of vulnerable and marginalized children and families, especially those experiencing poverty.
Prior to joining Deaconess, Tamitha served as a consultant providing evaluation and capacity building support for nonprofits and postsecondary institutions. She has held positions as a program officer with the human services team at the Kresge Foundation advancing family economic security, a researcher and adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, a program officer with the Robin Hood Foundation’s early childhood and youth portfolio, a director of technical assistance and training at the Balm In Gilead Inc., a management consultant with Public Health Solutions, and a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Tamitha received both a Master of Health Science degree in Health Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University, in addition to a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and has completed doctoral coursework in Public Affairs and Administration focusing on public/nonprofit management and finance at Rutgers University. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she has served on the boards of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Income Security Taskforce, Detroit Central City Community Mental Health, Inc. and the HHS Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse.
Originally from Michigan, Tamitha resides in St. Louis city with her husband Dr. Leonard McKinnis II, a professor at Saint Louis University and their three young children, Sofia, Olivia, and Leonard III.