Tene Traylor
Tené Traylor
Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Interim Vice President for Research to Action Lab
Senior Fellow
Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Research to Action Lab

Tené Traylor is vice president for nonprofits and philanthropy at the Urban Institute. She 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 joined Urban after concluding her tenure at The Kendeda Fund, where she oversaw several grantmaking portfolios totaling $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.  

Research Areas
Nonprofits and philanthropy