Who We Are

Yvonne L. Moore, Founder & Managing Director

Yvonne L. Moore is the Founder and Managing Director at Moore Philanthropy and it’s newly launched exempt arm, Moore Impact.  She brings over 25 years of experience in the government, civil society, and philanthropic sectors to her work in providing strategic and tailored philanthropic advisement and solutions to families, individuals and institutions. Prior to launching Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne was the Chief of Staff to filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney where she oversaw the family’s network of media, philanthropic and advocacy organizations. She ran the family’s private foundation, provided advisement on their personal philanthropic giving, both charitable and political, and led their expansion into international giving in 2008.

Over the span of her philanthropic career, Yvonne has grown an impressive network of colleagues and grantee partners in both the U.S. and abroad, and brings those connections to bear in her client relationships. She has successfully forged connections with foreign government officials, built strong relationships with grassroots organizations and community advocates, and successfully co-developed projects in the most challenging of environments, including post-conflict and slum communities, and most recently the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Having spent the bulk of her last 18 years focused primarily on the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa, she has gained a significant level of knowledge and experience in specific issue areas including economic security, anti-violence and safety, alternative energies, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health, and organizational sustainability and management.

Before joining the philanthropic sector in 1999, Yvonne spent 10 years working in child protection and advocacy. Yvonne holds a BA from Texas Tech University and a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She has completed post-graduate studies in democracy and civil society at the University of Cape Town, and nationalism, post-conflict violence and gender at the University of Lower Silesia in Poland. Yvonne serves as a trustee of The Daphne Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group and Comic Relief USA. She also serves as an advisor to The Accountability Council, Jola House Liberia and the Periwinkle Initiative.

Black Philanthropy Month 2016, New York City. From left to right, Ayo Roach, AR Global Philanthropy Advisors; Yvonne Moore, Moore Philanthropy; Tracey Webb, Co-Founder, Black Benefactors; and Valaida Fullwood, Author, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists. Photo by Yvonne L. Moore.

Celiné Justice, Director of Programs

Celiné Justice was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  Celiné (pronounced Selina) graduated from Brown University before moving to NYC where she lived for 10 years and worked first as the Executive Assistant of a Senior Partner at the prestigious law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and then quickly moved into a multitude of support positions for individuals of high net-worth.  Transitioning from Personal Assistant to Executive Assistant to Office Manager and Property Manager, and often managing several roles simultaneously, she is deft at managing a shifting workload while maintaining humor and a positive spirit. Celiné has worked in varying capacities with Yvonne Moore since 2009 and joined Moore Philanthropy as her Executive Assistant in 2017 and hopes to continue their fruitful work relationship for many years to come.  She lives with her husband, Terry, in Kalamazoo, MI and they are expecting their first child together in the summer of 2018.

Monica T. Brown, Client Advisor

Monica Brown has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, cultivating her profound expertise in strategy development across individual and major giving, corporate and foundation relations, donor engagement, and board development.

She has devoted her career to some of New York City’s most venerable civic, healthcare, and educational institutions, including Columbia University, where she currently serves as an associate faculty member in the Masters Nonprofit Management program. Previously, she served as Managing Director of Development for Educators for Excellence-NY, a teacher-led, student-focused policy and advocacy organization, where she led development growth and strategy focusing on private philanthropic investment.  

Monica is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, and received her MS in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University in New York City, where she currently resides as a lifelong resident of Harlem.