Tene Traylor
Tené Traylor
Incoming Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Senior Fellow
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Tené Traylor brings national expertise in place-based philanthropy, equity, and civic leadership, particularly in the South, where she has honed a distinguished career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She will join Urban after concluding her tenure at The Kendeda Fund, where she oversees several grantmaking portfolios totaling approximately $8 million annually.

Before joining Kendeda, Traylor was a senior program officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. She led community development and neighborhood transformation grantmaking (including the Neighborhood Fund) for 10 years, launched several related programs and initiatives, and helped transform the foundation’s grantmaking approach from programmatic to general or core support. She has also held positions with the United Way for Greater Atlanta and the Zeist Foundation, Inc. 

Traylor holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia State University and a master of public administration degree in public policy and nonprofit administration from the University of Georgia.  She will formally assume her role at Urban in August.

Research Areas
Nonprofits and philanthropy