Fred has taken to heart the words of business magnate and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens: “ I’m not out to change an organization for a day or a month. I’m out to change the lives of as many people as possible.” Fred is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. He is passionate about conceptualizing and orchestrating fund development and marketing strategies for nonprofit organizations. He is skilled at building partnerships and alliances with Impact Investors who have an interest in mission based, result driven outcomes.
Prior to joining Breaking Ground NYC, Fred served as the Director of Development for Project Enterprise, a microfinance organization that supports and develops entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout New York City. During his tenure, Fred was charged withmanaging all aspects of a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation accounts to meet the revenue goals of programs.
Fred’s desire to learn more about the philanthropic field compelled him to accept a position Girl Scouts of the USA. While at Girl Scouts of the USA, he worked closely with a wide range of Girl Scout councils collaborating on the development of grant proposals for review by large foundations and corporations. He was also charged with helping to design corporate strategic and development plans to achieve income diversification for over 316 Girl Scout Councils throughout the United States.
Previously, Fred work at Nederlander Producing Company of America, where he ran the company’s VIP serves department. This consisted of providing VIP ticketing serves to hit Broadway shows including Wicked, Rent, Lion King and Tarzan for producers, writers, and celebrities. Fred was also chosen to work on the highly selective Lincoln Center Festival.
Originally from Arkansas, Fred earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Arkansas and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School. Fred is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has previously served on the boards of Gay of African Descent (GMAD) and Friends of Harlem Hospital.
Sojourner Williams- Director of Programs
Sojourner is a firm believer in the transformative power of a good education. She has worked tirelessly as a former NYC public school English and Drama teacher and abroad in Mozambique, Ghana and Thailand to ensure that all children – regardless of their circumstances – are given access to excellent educations.
Receiving her B.F.A. in Theatre from Niagara University, her M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University and her M.S.T. in Secondary English Education from Pace, Sojourner is a Teach for America and Americorps Alum.
When Sojourner is not wearing her UFBG hat, she can be found teaching yoga, writing at her favorite cafe, embarking on adventures across the city with her husband and two boys or making handmade organic lotions.