Dion Ward - Program Advisor, South America
Prior to assuming this Advisor role with ICF, Dion was a Program Specialist for 4 years at Northern California Grantmakers (NCG). He was responsible for program development around effective philanthropy, and supported the initiative work of NCG's Public Policy Committee and Disaster Preparedness & Response Task Force. Dion also served from 2009-2011 as Vice-Chair of the Bay Area Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He was awarded a Community Fellowship at Full Circle Fund from 2008-2010, an engaged philanthropic organization, where he assisted with the inaugural grant cycle of their Global Economic Opportunity giving circle.
Dion formerly worked at ICF in 2005-2006 providing grant support and researching prospective grantees. He first assisted ICF with a health needs assessment for Baja California and researched grantmaking opportunities in Oaxaca before acting as an Associate Program Officer. Dion completed his M.A. in International Development and Nonprofit Management at UCSD's Graduate School for International Relations and Pacific Studies. Prior to his graduate studies, Dion worked in nonprofit public health in the Bay Area, as a Coordinator for California's 5 a Day nutrition campaign targeting Latino youth, and previously at the Arthritis Foundation where he focused on advocacy and program promotion. Dion holds a Certificate of Marketing from UC Berkeley and earned his B.A. at Pomona College. He is of Chilean descent, and has lived in Madrid, Spain and Santiago, Chile. Currently, Dion lives in Salvador, Bahia in Northeastern Brazil.