Tenaja Jordan


Director of Research and Communications

CHANGE Philanthropy

Tenaja Jordan is a career nonprofit professional with over 10 years of experience in program and organizational development. She brings to the work an intersectional perspective informed by her lived experience as a black queer woman who navigated systems of support as a runaway youth. She has spoken and written about her experiences in such venues as New York magazine, Colorlines magazine, Blavity, and Huffington Post. In 2017 Tenaja was awarded one of 6 Voqal Fellowships for early-stage social entrepreneurs and founded her firm, My Seed of Change LLC, to provide organizational development consulting to small, community-led nonprofits working in the social justice space.Tenaja currently serves as Director of Research and Communications at CHANGE Philanthropy, where she leads the Research Working Group and spearheaded the Diversity Amongst Philanthropic Professionals survey and reporting. Recently she served as Social Sector Outreach Manager at Foundation Center, where she managed the national webinar training program in addition to providing training to nonprofit professionals in the areas of fundraising and sustainability. Prior to that, she worked at several other NY nonprofits. Tenaja served on the Board of Directors of the Hetrick Martin Institute: New York from 2009-2014, is a founding board member of the Hetrick Martin Institute: New Jersey, and served as chair of the Advisory Board of the Peter Cicchino Youth Project. She holds an Interdisciplinary Studies BA from CUNY York College and earned her Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) from the CUNY Baruch College School of Public Affairs’ Executive Program.