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Tina Gridiron to Join ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning as Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Tina Gridiron, a leader in higher education and philanthropy, will join ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning as vice president of philanthropic partnerships. Gridiron will cultivate and secure external philanthropic partners to help the Center close gaps in equity, opportunity and achievement for learners from underserved backgrounds.

“We are incredibly excited to have Tina on our team to help us address issues of equity in education and workforce success; to foster community engagement with our school, district and nonprofit partners; to deepen relationships with leaders in philanthropy and school improvement; and to close gaps in student access and achievement,” said Jim Larimore, chief officer for ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. “Tina has extensive experience and demonstrated success leading, managing and building teams that will extend the Center’s work to help more students achieve success.”

Gridiron is founder and lead consultant of TLG Solutions, a consulting firm that increases the impact and influence of organizations promoting the public good. Over the last year, she has also served as a senior advisor to The Giving Practice, a network of consultants who promote, facilitate and inspire effective philanthropy. Previously, Gridiron led grant initiatives as an officer and director for Lumina Foundation where she worked extensively with community colleges, minority-serving institutions and regional comprehensive institutions. Prior to that she served as the acting director of the Black Community Services Center at Stanford University.

“I have dedicated my professional career to advocating for and leading efforts to increase the postsecondary preparation, access, and success of all students, and I am honored to continue this work with ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning,” said Gridiron.

In addition to her professional roles in higher education, Gridiron has served on several philanthropic boards including Grantmakers for Education and Indiana Connected by 25. She is currently an external committee member to the Greater Texas Foundation Board of Directors, immediate past chair for the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance board of directors and board chair for The Oaks Academy.

Gridiron holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration and a Master of Arts in sociology, both from Stanford, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gridiron will begin her duties at ACT on October 7.

About ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning


ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning focuses on closing gaps in equity, opportunity and achievement for underserved populations and working learners. Through purposeful investments, employee engagement, and thoughtful advocacy efforts, the Center supports innovative partnerships, actionable research, initiatives, campaigns, and programs to further ACT’s mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. http://equityinlearning.act.org


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