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Naomi Polin

Senior Consultant

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Providing strategic analysis and insights to support organizations addressing complex social issues

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” —Nelson Mandela

Whether focused on immigrant and refugee rights, gender justice, health equity, youth engagement, or other pressing concerns, Naomi’s strategy, foundation and project management, and grantmaking work at TCC Group involves close collaboration with foundations and nonprofit organizations that drive efforts to make positive change.

Naomi’s work at TCC draws on more than a decade of experience working in the fields of international development, social justice, and human rights. With this grounded perspective, Naomi brings a problem-solving approach to complex organizational and programmatic issues. Her work helps foundations and nonprofit organizations diagnose internal and external challenges, identify priorities, delineate goals, and align their interests and aims with others. Through nuanced analysis, Naomi’s work conveys actionable recommendations that enable her clients to move forward in their decision-making confidently and with shared purpose.

At TCC Group:
  • World Education Service (WES): Serving as both Project Manager and a lead researcher on the TCC project team, Naomi advised World Education Services, a leader in credential evaluation for international students and immigrants, in developing a first-ever grantmaking fund to support the diverse needs of skilled immigrants and refugees. TCC’s engagement included extensive landscape research to identify opportunities and challenges; articulation of strategic options and facilitation of staff and Board leadership decision-making on strategic priorities; and development of an operational “blueprint” for all aspects of Fund grantmaking and operational management. Leveraging WES’s longstanding expertise, the WES Fund will bring millions in new resources to the field, specifically targeting a historically overlooked constituency in the immigration field funding landscape.
  • Open Society Foundations (OSF) Global Drug Policy Program: Naomi was a key member of the TCC project team supporting this global portfolio in re-assessing its strategic priorities, core regional investments, and favored approaches to supporting lasting change. As Project Manager, Naomi oversaw all aspects of three consecutive client engagements, routinely liaised with Foundation staff, and regularly monitored project timeline, budget, and deliverable production. She also substantially contributed to landscape research to inform strategic priority setting, co-facilitating learning and decision-making with program staff, and guiding staff in the development of new strategy materials and the articulation of OSF network-wide roles to advance global drug policy change priorities across OSF’s regional and country offices and program areas.
  • Mary J. Hutchins Foundation: Naomi serves as Program Officer and Grants Manager for the Mary J. Foundation, a family foundation managed by TCC that supports health, human service, and social welfare organizations across New York City. In her role, she manages the Foundation’s portfolio of grants supporting approximately 50 high-impact organizations that advance opportunity for communities in need. Through strategic analysis and portfolio assessment, communication with grantees, and due diligence, Naomi supports Foundation trustees in making informed decisions, ensuring that their grantmaking reflects best practices in philanthropy.
Before TCC Group:
  • Open Society Foundations (OSF) International Migration Initiative: As Senior Program Coordinator, Naomi collaborated internally with OSF colleagues to design, implement, and assess program strategy. She also facilitated efforts externally with funder partners and allies. As a grantmaker, Naomi managed relationships with grantee partners and developed strategic recommendations for portfolio investment. In support of this work, Naomi helped develop and execute learning opportunities, such as convenings and briefings; she also represented the Initiative on committees to improve Foundation-wide strategy and grantmaking practice.
  • Clinton Foundation: At a time of rapid organizational growth, Naomi conducted research and analysis supporting the start-up and development of four new international initiatives focused on combating the complex causes of poverty and inequality. To advance principles and concepts inherent in these new initiatives, she also researched and authored executive briefings for the Foundation Chairman, President Clinton, and President Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, for use in their respective public speaking engagements and meetings with heads of state.
Education:
  • Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
    • MA Law and Diplomacy, Development Economics and Human Security
  • Emory University
    • BA, International Studies
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