Ronnie Galvin - Senior Fellow
Ronnie Galvin has committed his life’s work to community building, community organizing, and social change.
Ronnie Galvin is currently the managing director for community investment at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. There he oversees a team responsible for community leadership and discretionary funding programs, leading with his experience in and passion for racial equity and reparative justice. Previously, he was The Democracy Collaborative’s vice president for racial equity and the democratic economy. He led TDC’s Racial Equity Task Force, a space where frontline staff, management, executives, and trustees regularly convene to deliberate TDC’s work in these areas. With support from the wisdom of the task force, Ronnie helped inform many of the racial equity and reparative aspects of TDC’s new strategic direction, “Owning Our Future After COVID-19: A Five-Point Plan for National Economic Reconstruction and Community Transformation.” He has parlayed this into the formation of an emerging cohort of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) leaders representing 40 cities across the BIPOC Diaspora. They convene to build solidarity in a movement for democratic and reparative local economies, inspired by the tenets of community wealth building.
Before joining TDC, he worked at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., where he served as senior advisor on the center’s reinvestment team. He has also served as the executive director for Impact Silver Spring—a nonprofit focused on building neighborhood-based networks that advance collective well-being and community and economic development—and as senior community builder with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s place-based team in Atlanta, Georgia.
He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina (1990) and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He served as an ordained minister at Covenant Baptist UCC in Southeast Washington.
He is married to Dr. Yanique Redwood, president and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington. His favorite quote is from Rev. Vernon Johns: “If you see a good fight, get in it!”