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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies adds Antonia Hernández to its Program Committees

January 30, 2024

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN— Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Antonia Hernández will join its Program Committees.

In 2022, the organization created new Program Committees for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The Program Committees were established in 2022 to provide additional perspectives and voices regarding MACP program strategies. The Committees also review and approve grants that are not otherwise delegated to MACP staff for approval.

MACP board members serve on the Program Committees, and they were joined on the committees by Dr. Kathleen Annette and Kevin Washington in late 2022. Antonia’s appointment took effect in early 2024.

Antonia (she/her) retired from her role as President and Chief Executive Officer of California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2023. During her nearly 20 years with CCF, the Foundation granted $3.4 billion, focusing on health, housing, education, and immigration. She was previously president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. Antonia is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute and serves on several other boards, including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute.

Originally from northern Mexico, Antonia began as a civil rights litigator and is nationally regarded for her career spanning five decades in social justice, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector, along with a lifelong devotion to underserved communities. Antonia has been a member of Anne Ray Foundation’s Akaloa Program Committee since 2022, and she brings valuable experience in global grantmaking from her time on the Rockefeller Foundation board of directors.

MACP Board Chair Christy Morse remarked, “Expanding the knowledge, perspectives, and lived experiences represented in our governance structure has been a priority for us at MACP, and the Program Committees are a key part of that commitment.” She continued, “Antonia has shared valuable insights in her time on our Akaloa Program Committee, and we’re excited to bring her incredible depth of experience to our Program Committees as well.”