Rowena Nixon works on the Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) initiative. As a grants manager she has had a focus on economic opportunity and assets. In addition, she has been responsible for processing grant actions, has managed grants, budgets, and service agreements, and has provided data and technical assistance to her team and grantees.

Rowena joined the foundation in 1998 and after a break to attend graduate school returned in 2006. Prior to coming to Ford, she worked in the Continuing Medical Education program at the Institute for Urban Family Health and was a teacher at the Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center. Rowena has a master of social work degree from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Binghamton University. She is an active member of the Grants Managers Network.