Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) announced today that its board of trustees has unanimously chosen Mary Skelton Roberts, co-director for Climate at the Barr Foundation, as the new board chair. She succeeds outgoing chair, Dr. Nelson I. Colón, president of the Puerto Rico Community Foundation.
Mary has been a member of HIP since 2013. She joined the board of trustees in 2015, and has played a critical role in the governance of the board. Under her leadership, Mary helped craft a strategic agenda that will be the blueprint for HIP in the coming years.
“Mary brings a wealth of experience and passion for this important work. As HIP ushers in a new era of philanthropy by Latinos, for Latinos, and about Latinos, we cannot think of a better leader than Mary. She will be a tremendous asset to help execute HIP’s mission and move our community forward,” said HIP’s President & CEO Ana Marie Argilagos.
In her grantmaking at the Barr Foundation, Mary focuses on transportation and land use—two critical levers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Her portfolio aims to modernize transit systems and help communities transform themselves into more walkable, connected cities where all residents have attractive alternatives to driving that are both more economical for families and environmentally friendly.
Mary holds a master’s degree in city planning with concentrations in consensus-building and environmental policy and planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds mediation and facilitation accreditations from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and from the Center for Dispute Resolution in England, where she served as lead faculty.
“I would like to thank HIP’s outgoing chair Dr. Colón for his excellent leadership in his six-year tenure as chairman,” said Argilagos. “Dr. Colón oversaw the organization as Latino communities faced natural disasters from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast Region; during this time HIP was able to raise and distribute funds for victims. Nelson is a respected leader in the philanthropic community and a force that is moving entire sectors and communities towards equity for Latinos across the Americas.”
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) partners with foundations and philanthropists to make impactful investments in Latino leaders and communities across the Americas. HIP has a 30-year track record of supporting social entrepreneurs and philanthropists working to address the most pressing issues and finding the most promising innovations for the Latino community. By partnering with foundations, corporations, and individuals, HIP is building a more prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive society for all.