Future Founders, a nonprofit building the nation’s largest inclusive community of intentional young entrepreneurs, today announced the appointment of Tony Tolentino to its Board of Directors.
Tony Tolentino currently serves as a Vice President with JPMorgan Chase’s Global Philanthropy group overseeing the strategy and grantmaking portfolio for the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The portfolio supports eligible nonprofits focused on racial equity and building a more inclusive economy through community development, small business growth, workforce development, and financial empowerment.
Prior to his role at JPMC, he served as Chief Integration Officer with The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), a community of nearly 400 philanthropists and social investors committed to solving the world’s most pressing social issues, and as Vice President with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. At Blackstone, he was responsible for implementing the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, a $60M+ philanthropic commitment to creating targeted regional programs globally to support entrepreneurs and small businesses. It was in this capacity that he first encountered Future Founders in 2017, when the organization was recognized as a winner of the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge.
A native San Franciscan, Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Geography from San Francisco State University and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He currently serves as a member of the Market & Octavia Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and formerly served on the board of Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech.
“I’ve always been impressed with the leadership and programming at Future Founders,” said Tolentino. “When I first met with the organization it was rooted in Chicago, but throughout the years, I’ve watched this organization spread its influence across the nation and evolve its programming as it formed partnerships to optimize growth. Moving forward, I think Future Founders has an opportunity to serve as THE model for young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded leaders. It’s simply a question as to how the organization builds the strategy and infrastructure for future growth.”
“Tony has been a long-time champion and friend of Future Founders,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “His unwavering belief in our mission has had a transformative effect on our organization, allowing us to create and scale some of our most successful programs. His background and experience bring tremendous value to our Board, and we look forward to working more closely with him in the future as we continue to expand our impact across the country.”
Future Founders is building the nation’s largest inclusive community of intentional young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial-minded leaders. Our programs immerse youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful, and equipped as they engage the future. Since 2005, we have served over 44,000 youth, and our national 18- to 30-year-old founders have generated $325M in revenue, secured $250M in capital and created 1,700 jobs. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.
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