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Staff Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

“James Baldwin said ‘The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. There is no way FSG can help our clients and partners address the great social issues of our time without valuing perspectives from the communities who are most marginalized, neglected, forgotten, and oppressed. Even as a first-generation immigrant black woman who grew up in poverty, I cannot speak for every community and every experience. This is why diversity, equity, and inclusion is so important in our work—we must bring in the voices of those who are most affected by these issues to alter the way our clients and partners see the world and so we can all change it together.”

Admas Kanyagia, Director of Equity Partnerships

“I work in the social sector because I care deeply about social justice issues. I want to see philanthropic institutions effectively support communities of color and other underserved groups. That’s why I always bring a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to my work. I believe that being aware of my potential biases, understanding systems of oppression, and being able to relate and engage with communities is very valuable when I help our clients solve social problems. I’m happy to work in a place like FSG, where I can bring my full self and engage with other professionals that are passionate about creating a more fair and equitable world.”

Efrain Gutierrez, Associate Director of Equity Partnerships

“Strengthening our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion is a top priority for FSG’s leadership. In my opinion, this is one of the most transformational investments we can make to improve our ability to serve the sector. I am incredibly grateful to my colleagues and to our external partners who are helping to guide us on this journey.”

John Kania, Global Managing Director

“FSG’s work is fundamentally linked to addressing the needs of society’s most marginalized communities. As we continue our journey around diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are refining our approach to recruiting, training, and professional development. Strengthening our own processes can improve our collective listening skills and make us better advocates for our clients, partners, and the people whose lives we ultimately hope to affect.

I develop and implement our firm-wide recruiting strategy, including building pipelines of talent and assessing candidates. I’ve chosen to work at FSG because I’m committed to working toward greater equity in our society. At times this work can feel daunting, but I’m committed to this work and I know I have strong partners in my FSG colleagues.”

Marcia LoMonaco, Senior Manager of Recruiting