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Parkes Philanthropy is a team of top tier experts dedicated to improving our world by helping our clients make meaningful change. 

With over 90+ collective years of experience across the sector, our consultants bring a wealth of experience to our engagements — and have a commitment to doing things differently. We offer a fresh perspective and customized counsel that sparks innovative thinking, delivers adaptive solutions, and brings an unparalleled understanding of how to drive tangible change. 

Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

Brandon Parkes recently served as a Senior Consultant for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, the nations largest African-American fundraising firm in which he supported a wide variety of nonprofit clients including the Apollo Theater, National Collation of Black Civic Participation, and Global Community Charter School. Prior, he was the Nonprofit Engagement Manager at CariClub, an AI tech company that connects young professionals to leadership roles on nonprofit boards.

Through this role, he supported over 350 organizations such as Teach for America, UNICEF, Make a Wish, and Museum of Modern Arts in capacity building initiatives. Previously, he worked in development for an international humanitarian nonprofit, Right To Play, helping to secure over a million dollars in funding annually. He has formerly worked in a corporate philanthropic capacity for companies such as Morgan Stanley and Toyota.

Through these professional titles, he gained experience supporting effective philanthropic strategy that increases social impact, external/internal engagement and nonprofit capacity building. He was humbled to be named one of CauseArtists’s “20 Inspiring African Americans Impacting the World Through Social Impact & Social Innovation,” named one of Startup Boost’s NYC 33 under 33, and has been featured in several publications such as Nonprofit Technology News, Blacks in Technology, Blavity and WhyWeGive. It’s Brandon’s passion to empower any constituent looking to make a positive social impact.

Brandon Parkes recently served as a Senior Consultant for Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC, the nations largest African-American fundraising firm in which he supported a wide variety of nonprofit clients including the Apollo Theater, National Collation of Black Civic Participation, and Global Community Charter School. Prior, he was the Nonprofit Engagement Manager at CariClub, an AI tech company that connects young professionals to leadership roles on nonprofit boards.

Through this role, he supported over 350 organizations such as Teach for America, UNICEF, Make a Wish, and Museum of Modern Arts in capacity building initiatives. Previously, he worked in development for an international humanitarian nonprofit, Right To Play, helping to secure over a million dollars in funding annually. He has formerly worked in a corporate philanthropic capacity for companies such as Morgan Stanley and Toyota.

Through these professional titles, he gained experience supporting effective philanthropic strategy that increases social impact, external/internal engagement and nonprofit capacity building. He was humbled to be named one of CauseArtists’s “20 Inspiring African Americans Impacting the World Through Social Impact & Social Innovation,” named one of Startup Boost’s NYC 33 under 33, and has been featured in several publications such as Nonprofit Technology News, Blacks in Technology, Blavity and WhyWeGive. It’s Brandon’s passion to empower any constituent looking to make a positive social impact.

Chief of Operations

Caitlin Kawaguchi has worked over the last seven years to catalyze impact across sectors with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and companies.

Most recently, she was the Founding Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Bird + Stone, an impact e-commerce startup raising funds and inspiring action for causes and organizations, including the UN Foundation, She Should Run, and Amazon Watch.

In her previous role with Peacework, she managed cross-sector, shared-value initiatives for academic and corporate clients, including co-leading Project Belize, PwC’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program in partnership with Belize’s Ministry of Education. At Overture Global, she also coordinated impact activations with Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits.

In addition to her work in corporate impact, Caitlin also has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently advising on digital strategy for nonprofits and coalitions working on youth justice reform and opportunity youth policy issues with the Forum for Youth Investment.

Caitlin has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Belize, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, the UK, South Africa, and Myanmar. She is passionate about working with change agents across cultures and sectors to create sustainable impact.

Caitlin Kawaguchi has worked over the last seven years to catalyze impact across sectors with nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and companies.

Most recently, she was the Founding Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Bird + Stone, an impact e-commerce startup raising funds and inspiring action for causes and organizations, including the UN Foundation, She Should Run, and Amazon Watch.

In her previous role with Peacework, she managed cross-sector, shared-value initiatives for academic and corporate clients, including co-leading Project Belize, PwC’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program in partnership with Belize’s Ministry of Education. At Overture Global, she also coordinated impact activations with Fortune 500 companies and leading nonprofits.

In addition to her work in corporate impact, Caitlin also has extensive nonprofit experience, most recently advising on digital strategy for nonprofits and coalitions working on youth justice reform and opportunity youth policy issues with the Forum for Youth Investment.

Caitlin has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Belize, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Turkey, the UK, South Africa, and Myanmar. She is passionate about working with change agents across cultures and sectors to create sustainable impact.

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Consultants

The backbone of Parkes Philanthropy are our talented Consultants, a collective of dynamic individuals who have each demonstrated the commitment and ability to create change through a lifelong career dedicated to positive social impact. For every partner engagement, Parkes Philanthropy builds customized, interdisciplinary teams, and provides oversight and management needed for flawless execution.

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Sarah Haimes

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Tyler Dunn

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Brian Healey

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Virginia Loperena

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Athena Lao

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Ria Mehta

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Pierson Racanelli

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Sareen Handoush

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Jasmine Clerisme

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Dwayne Griffith

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Kristine Sloan

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Ryan Brown

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Chelsea Parkes

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Head of Digital

David Rein

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Hillary Beson

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Megan Eiss

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Alexandra Barrera

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Partnerships Advisor

Nicole Richardson

Partnerships Advisor

Our Trusted Advisors 

CEO/Founder, Cause Strategy Partners

Robert Acton

CEO/Founder, Cause Strategy Partners
Head of Partnerships, NationSwell Studio

Kelsey Overby

Head of Partnerships, NationSwell Studio
Executive Director, Playworks

Robin Grossman

Executive Director, Playworks
Vice President of Programs, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)

Edward Jones

Vice President of Programs, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
Founder, Gaingels

Paul Grossinger

Founder, Gaingels
Founder and Chairman, Rabin Martin

Steve Rabin

Founder and Chairman, Rabin Martin

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