The Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s President & CEO Named Barr Foundation Fellow

Yolanda Coentro brought the Institute to Cape Cod in 2016...

In recognition of her leadership and impact at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and within the Greater Boston community, Yolanda Coentro, President & CEO has been named a Barr Foundation Fellow. 

As a member of the 2019 Class of Barr Fellows, Coentro will participate in a two-year program that includes a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats. Institute for Nonprofit Practice will also receive an award of up to $125,000 from the Foundation to support Coentro’s participation in the Fellowship, leadership and organizational development, and exploration of new ideas, with exceptions as legally required for for-profit social enterprises and public agencies.

Joining 68 leaders recognized as Fellows since 2005, the 12 members of the Barr Fellowship Class of 2019 are:

Eve Bridburg
Founder and Executive Director

Thabiti Brown  
Head of School
Codman Academy Charter Public School

Mark Culliton
Founder and CEO
College Bound Dorchester


Jen Faigel
Executive Director
CommonWealth Kitchen

Nigel Jacob
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston

Emily Reichert
Chief Executive Officer
Greentown Labs

Jerry Rubin
President and CEO
Jewish Vocational Service, Inc.

Anita Sharma
Executive Director
Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project

Natalícia Tracy
Executive Director
Brazilian Worker Center


Father John Unni
Saint Cecilia Parish


Shannah Varón
Executive Director
Boston Collegiate Charter School


“The Fellows will benefit from the cohort’s diversity in background, perspectives, and experiences,” said Kimberly Haskins, Senior Program Officer at the Barr Foundation. “We are excited to support leaders and organizations working across multiple sectors, which can help break down silos in approaches, broaden thinking, and lead to innovative ideas and strategies on important community issues.”


For more information about the Barr Fellowship, including bios of the Class of 2019, members of previous classes of Fellows, and eligibility and selection process, visit:


About Institute for Nonprofit Practice

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice is working to build a nonprofit sector which is exponentially more effective, connected, equitable and diverse. Over the past 12 years, the Institute's one-year certificate-granting programs have equipped more than 1,200 nonprofit leaders with the leadership and management skills they need to make strategic, mission driven decisions and advance in their careers. These leaders, nearly 50% of whom identify as people of color, represent more than 600 organizations throughout New England. For more information, visit or follow @InstituteNP on Twitter and Facebook.


About the Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.8 billion, and has contributed more than $1 billion to charitable causes. For more information, visit or follow @BarrFdn on Twitter and Facebook. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on