Toward a more inclusive society

Launched in 2017, Mountain Philanthropies works with organization on the frontlines of impact. Representing a diverse set of funders, referred to as Partners, Mountain Philanthropies is guided by principles of equity and fairness, accountability, and environmental sustainability. Mountain Philanthropies holds the view that data coupled with focus, decisive action and empathy can create a more inclusive society. Flexible capital options allow a focus on the fastest paths to progress on any issue our Partners support. Areas of support have included efforts to advance criminal justice reform, voting rights and civic participation, civil, refugee and immigrant rights, the environment, animal welfare, and more. Beyond financial resources, and at the request of grantees, Mountain Philanthropies routinely convenes, champions, serves as a thought partner and mobilizes additional capacity towards our shared goals. Grantmaking is by invitation only.

/ The Team Includes

Michael leads all program, partnerships, and operations of Mountain Philanthropies, in direct collaboration with its funders, referred to as Partners. For many years, Michael advised a range of donors, foundations, companies, nonprofits and governments in support of various social impact outcomes. Previously, he served as deputy executive director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, deputy director for global health policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and senior vice president of the United Nations Foundation. Michael also serves on a number of boards and committees.

Michael Madnick CEO

Ann drives the development and stewardship of relationships with grantees, investees, and a growing cadre of co-funding partners. Ann has a deep expertise at the intersection of partnership and marketing across multiple sectors. She was on the team that brought Red Nose Day to the U.S. and led the development and implementation of a revolutionary new product to democratize philanthropy: Growfund. Ann was vice president at Philanthropy University and vice president at Global Impact, where she managed external relations, fundraising and new business development.

Ann Canela Managing Director

Greg manages program development on a range of social justice, civic engagement, humanitarian, and environmental issues. He joined Mountain Philanthropies from the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he served in a chief of staff capacity to the chief executive, and helped to build the firm’s social sector business. Previously, Greg interned with the Center for a New American Security and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Greg earned his master’s in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and studied Arabic at the American University of Beirut.

Greg McGowan Director

Brandon Sanchez manages all grantmaking operations and supports the capturing and understanding of the impact of grantees. Brandon spent five years at Athletes for Hope and Gatorade. At Athletes for Hope, Brandon helped manage key strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Gates Foundation and Nike, Inc. and connected hundreds of athletes to charitable causes throughout the United States to increase sports philanthropy. At Gatorade, Brandon was the marketing manager for the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia region.

Brandon Sanchez Senior Manager

Adrianna creates new opportunities and investments across a wide range of social justice issues representing the diverse interests of its Partners. Previously, Adrianna has spent her career building and launching new initiatives within non-profit organizations, working at the nexus of strategic partnerships, smart communications and effective advocacy. Most recently, Adrianna served as the Managing Director of 1,000 Days where she helped grow the young, start-up non-profit, with a focus on partnerships, fundraising, advocacy, communications and operations.

Adrianna Logalbo Director