Yolanda Caldera-Durant is director of programs at Fund the People. She is responsible for overseeing educational and research efforts aimed at equipping foundation and nonprofit leaders to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce. Yolanda is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut’s Nonprofit Management Program at the Department of Public Policy.
Yolanda previously worked at the Connecticut Health Foundation, where she served as senior program officer on health equity issues and, concurrently, program director of their Health Leaders Fellows Program. Prior to CT Health, she was a program associate at the New Haven, CT office of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Before that, Yolanda was program director at the Fairfield County Community Foundation where she did grantmaking focused on economic opportunity and health and human services, and concurrently directed the foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
Yolanda’s community leadership includes serving on the board of Project Access New Haven, which serves to increase access to medical care and services for underserved patients in the New Haven area. She is also an advisor on the board of the Progreso Latino Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Co-Coordinator for Las Comadres New Haven/Bridgeport, part of a national network that builds connections and community among Latinas, and Beta Sigma Alpha, a community service sorority focused on supporting Latinas in the pursuit of higher education.
Yolanda holds an M.S. in nonprofit management from the New School University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Connecticut.