Ciara Coleman

Institute Advisory Committee

Ciara Coleman is a philanthropist, advocate, and social change agent committed to improving outcomes in the Black community. By day, she is a program manager for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, working in the foundation’s priority place of New Orleans where she manages a multi-million-dollar portfolio focused on thriving children, working families, and equitable communities.
By night, she focuses on her personal philanthropic efforts including The Purposeful Project. The Purposeful Project aims to activate the power of giving among young, Black social change agents and aspiring philanthropists. Ciara is dedicated to shifting the narrative around what it means to be a philanthropist by engaging Black millennials and highlighting the many ways they give back and contribute to their communities. This passion led her to found Geaux Girl Giving, a Black women-led giving circle dedicated to supporting Black women and girls.
She is an alumnus of the 2020 ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program, a 2018 PLACES fellow through The Funders Network, and a past member of the 2019 Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans giving circle. 
Ciara is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.