(May 21, 2021) The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis voted in three new board members, Kontji Anthony, Erica Stiff-Coopwood and Dorcas Young Griffin, who foundation leaders say will help the board represent and reflect the rich diversity of perspectives within the Memphis community.
“Each of these outstanding women, already Community Foundation volunteers, has demonstrated her commitment to serving the greater Memphis community,” said Robert Fockler, Community Foundation president. “Their collective experiences will help drive our mission to strengthen our community through philanthropy.”
The new board members are:
Kontji Anthony, an award-winning evening anchor for WMC Action News 5, has aired reports on the Today Show, conducted interviews for the E! News Network, performed live on CNN, and appears as a guest announcer on regional radio. Behind the scenes, Kontji is a community advocate, leading major community initiatives for The Boys and Girls Clubs, The Links Incorporated, Volunteer Memphis, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kontji serves on the Community Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits Committee. A graduate of the Howard University School of Communications, Kontji serves on the board of the Regional One Foundation and is a member of the Junior League Community Advisory Board, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences and The River City Links, Incorporated.
Erica Stiff-Coopwood, a community activist who formerly practiced as an employment defense and business litigator, has served as the first Black President of the Junior League of Memphis and currently serves on the boards of Children’s Foundation of Memphis, Hutchison School, and Agnes Scott College. Recently, Erica chaired the Pay It Forward Mid-South campaign, which raised $473,000 for the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund to support restaurant and hospitality workers displaced by the tightening of Health Department restrictions during the holiday surge in the virus. Erica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Agnes Scott College and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University.
Dorcas Young Griffin is the Director of the Division of Community Services at Shelby County Government, where she is responsible for the strategic leadership of the division, including managing 194 staff and a $33 million budget and operating programs and activities that address issues of poverty, workforce development, seniors and adults living with disabilities, victims of crime, veterans and justice-involved adults and youth. In that role, she was a key member of the Advisory Committee of the Mid-South COVID- 19 Regional Response Fund, which will invest more than $14.1 million in local relief, recovery and resilience efforts. Dorcas has an extensive list of community experience, including the boards of the Children’s Foundation of Memphis, Memphis/ Shelby County Crime Commission, REACH Memphis (past chair) and Thistle & Bee Enterprises. Dorcas earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis.
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis leaders say they will continue to incorporate a diverse pool of community minds to create the philanthropic hub that connects capital with the solutions that make this community thrive.