With a career spanning two decades, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend has established herself as an expert in nonprofit management and youth development. Currently serving as President of the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust since 2022, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend manages a significant portfolio of 150 grantees, overseeing stewardship and the review of reports and grant applications. Her role involves direct support to grantees, providing recommendations on philanthropic investments, managing a team of five, and representing the interests of the Trust with all stakeholders. Her work is pivotal in funding programs across Philadelphia, PA, Palm Beach County, FL, and Newport, RI, that bolster education and career success for youth.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Youth Network from 2013 to 2022. She also served as Vice President of Program Services at the same organization from 2005 to 2013. Her earlier positions include Senior Director of Emerging Workforce for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation from 2002 to 2005 and Research Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1998 to 2002. Additionally, she spent three years with the University of Pennsylvania, contributing her skills and knowledge to women’s health research studies. Throughout her career, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend has been praised for achieving a high level of expertise in her field.
Ms. Fulmore-Townsend’s professional achievements include being named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2013 and being recognized as one of the people quietly changing philanthropy by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She is nationally acclaimed, receiving the Promise of America Award from America’s Promise and recognized with the “Champion of Change” award by the Obama Administration. These accolades underscore her commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and support systems for young people.
Building upon her professional accomplishments, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend’s academic background laid the foundation for her success. She earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the same institution between 1997 and 2000. Her personal journey as a beneficiary of various services inspired her to give back to the community that supported her growth and development.
Guided by a belief that “much is expected from those to whom much is given,” Ms. Fulmore-Townsend lives by principles that emphasize responsibility and service to others. Married for 20 years and a mother to three children, she finds joy in African dance, gardening and yoga. Looking ahead, Ms. Fulmore-Townsend is dedicated to reshaping the philanthropic sector by fostering trust-based relationships between nonprofits and donors while advocating for diversity in leadership within funded organizations. Her strategic approach aims to demonstrate the transformative power of trust in philanthropy and alter how grantee-grantor dynamics are traditionally viewed.