NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2012 –Polly Singh, a program associate at The Wallace Foundation, has been promoted to the post of program officer in the philanthropy’s Learning and Enrichment unit.
Singh, who joined the foundation as an administrative assistant in 2002, has been a program associate in the unit, known until recently as Communities, since 2004. Her primary responsibilities include managing the work of Wallace’s grantees in the
after-school arena of the foundation’s more-time-for-learning initiative and contributing to special projects. This includes oversight of grantee training in the Strengthening Financial Management project, which aims to improve the ability of Chicago’s youth-serving organizations to meet the growing demand for high-quality after-school programs, and working on the foundation’s after-school system building initiatives. In her new capacity, Singh will take on additional responsibilities in the foundation’s efforts to expand learning time during the school year and over the summer.
“With this promotion, I am very pleased to be able to recognize Polly’s many contributions to the success of our foundation’s work in after-school,” said Wallace Foundation President Will Miller.
Before joining Wallace, Singh worked at Morgan Stanley and The Century Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, where she majored in Spanish and Latin American studies, and a master’s degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Singh has studied in Spain and the Dominican Republic. In the latter country, she taught English while earning certification to teach English as a second language.
The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national philanthropy dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children. At www.wallacefoundation.org
, the foundation maintains an online library of publications about what it has learned, including from current efforts aimed at: strengthening school leadership to improve student achievement; helping disadvantaged students gain more time for learning over summer and during the school year; enhancing after-school learning opportunities; improving arts education; and developing audiences for the arts.