Tanya Coke, director of the gender, racial, and ethnic justice program at the Ford Foundation, and Mindy Tarlow, managing director of portfolio strategy and management at the philanthropic collaborative Blue Meridian, will speak with Penta senior writer Abby Schultz about the $250 million Justice and Mobility Fund. The fund is providing significant support to organizations working to improve economic opportunities for justice-involved people.

Thu, Aug 12, 2021 · 4:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
Abby Schultz
Senior Writer, Barron's Penta
Abby Schultz is a senior writer for Penta, a Barron’s Group publication for wealthy individuals and families covering wealth management and philanthropy, as well as trends in collecting and owning art and wine, among other luxury goods. She joined Barron’s in October 2014 as the Penta Wealth Management Editor for Barron’s Asia in Hong Kong.

Abby covered the credit markets and money management industry for Dow Jones newswires in New York before freelancing and consulting for several years mostly on personal finance and other business and financial topics. Before rejoining Dow Jones, she was an editor in Hong Kong at IFR Asia, a Thomson Reuters publication focused on the capital markets.
Tanya Coke
Director of the gender, racial, and ethnic justice program, The Ford Foundation
Tanya Coke directs the Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice team, focusing on issues of policing, mass incarceration, immigration, and reproductive justice. She is a former criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society and Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mindy Tarlow
Managing Director, Blue Meridian Partners
Mindy Tarlow is a managing director at Blue Meridian Partners, a pioneering philanthropic model for finding and funding scalable solutions to problems that limit economic mobility and trap America’s young people and families in poverty. She provides strategic and executional leadership on critical business priorities and leads innovation efforts that will expand Blue Meridian Partners’ work as it evolves.
Through her leadership of the Justice and Mobility Fund and other Blue Meridian portfolio investments, she explores new investment opportunities, oversees and conducts due diligence on potential investees and manages relationships with current investees. Mindy also oversees Blue Meridian’s evidence and evaluation practice.
Previously Mindy served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations in New York City. Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014, she oversaw the performance management of all city agencies and cross-agency initiatives, data analytics, poverty research, and strategic efforts to advance equity and opportunity. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.
Mindy spent close to two decades as the founding Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), a nonprofit organization providing employment services to people who have recently been incarcerated. After managing a successful spinoff from the Vera Institute of Justice, Mindy expanded CEO to ten cities across three states.
From 1984-1994, Mindy worked in the New York City Office of Management and Budget, rising to Deputy Director in 1992.
Mindy has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as a private member of New York City’s Audit Committee, co-chair of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide Work for Success Committee, and on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Commission for Economic Opportunity.
Mindy earned a BA from Boston University, and has taught nonprofit and strategic management as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service.