Three Ways Foundations Can Navigate Changing Political Tides

Is it on? Is it off? Is it on? Is it off? Our heads are spinning with the series of attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the numerous ways in which both the federal government and state level actors are strategizing to alter and/or erode health policy. In today’s turbulent climate, when shifting political winds and policy changes go hand-in-hand with ever-expanding health care needs across the country, how can health funders be strategically effective?

TCC’s Melinda Fine Ed.D. and Jessica Mowles share three strategic learning processes that will engage foundations and funders during complex times.

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Melinda Fine

Melinda Fine

Director of Philanthropy & Strategic Partnerships

TCC Group’s Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships Melinda Fine, Ed.D., brings over 30 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership as a grantmaker and strategy consultant to her work with mission-driven institutions. At TCC, Melinda leads efforts for private, family, community, and public foundations, funder collaborations, and affinity groups, spanning institutional strategic planning and portfolio strategy development; field landscape research; strategic learning and capacity building; foundation and grants management; and grantmaking. Recent, illustrative engagements include: vision and strategy support for the Open Society Institute’s Global Drug Policy Program; facilitation of strategic planning efforts for the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation; strategic learning and partnership collaboration services for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Resilience Partnership; and oversight of foundation management services for seven family foundations housed at TCC. A generalist accustomed to working across and issue areas, Melinda brings specialized academic and professional expertise in education, youth, gender justice, and community building.

Jessica Mowles

Jessica Mowles


Education: B.A. Political Science and Geography, Macalester College; M.P.A. NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

An abiding passion for social justice and a deep respect for human rights have animated Jessica Mowles’ professional path. As a Consultant at TCC Group, her decade of experience in the social sector reflects roles in both the philanthropy and nonprofit arenas, where she has focused on grantmaking strategy and evaluation, program management, and operations analysis. At TCC, Jessica develops grantmaking and operational strategies for foundations to articulate and maximize their impact and define and fulfill their organizational goals. She has worked with clients including the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Sunflower Foundation.