Meet Dieudonné Mundy
Dieudonné Mundy has always strived to be a well-rounded public servant, and hopes that by joining Group Health Foundation she is well on her way.
As a high schooler at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, she helped establish the school’s first-ever Black Student Union. And as a college student, she dedicated herself to political advocacy: from Common Cause Georgia where she canvassed and organized for Stacey Abrams’ 2020 gubernatorial campaign to the halls of the United States Congress where she provided legislative support for two lawmakers.
“Part of my personality is to be as prepared as possible for any situation,” says Dieudonné. “While I’ve loved every fellowship and opportunity I’ve earned in my last four years as an undergraduate at Spelman College, in that time, I was intentional in the positions I chose. I took my time to be discerning with programs that would make me the most well-rounded professional. With everything I do, I try to give my 100-percent effort.”
Dieudonné credits her early success to her family. After her mother’s passing, her father became a single parent of three, while also maintaining a successful nonprofit career. Both her parents and her sisters attended historically Black Howard University, which influenced her decision to attend Spelman, a women’s college that is also historically Black.
For inspiration, Dieudonné goes back even further in her family’s history to her grandparents, who devoted their lives to serving their communities. In addition to working at FEMA and the Urban League, they were social workers and union representatives. They marched on Washington D.C. in 1963 and were revolutionaries in the civil rights movement of the era. “When it comes to my commitment to public service,” Dieudonné says, “it’s in my blood.”
As someone interested in the convergence of business and policymaking, Dieudonné is excited to join the Foundation as the first investment analyst taking part in the Foundation’s three-year investment professional development program. It’s important to her that the Foundation not only align its investments with its values, but it makes investments in people, too.
Dieudonné’s interests lie in how personal, human experiences inform structural decision making. For example, to achieve health equity, she notes that medical institutions and educations systems cannot be allowed to be comfortable with the way things are for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.
“Infant mortality rates shouldn’t be what they are for Black mothers,” says Dieudonné . “There’s no reason there should be that level of discrepancy. It’s unjust. It’s by design. And, these issues are all reversible. There are people within the system, at various levels, making conscious decisions to be discriminatory throughout policies and across institutions. If we’re able to reverse by aligning ourselves with organizations and investing in portfolios that will help reverse or provide some spaces of equity to vulnerable communities, I’m happy to be a part of that. I’ll do my part to find those organizations, invest in those people and portfolios to create that change.”
Having grown up in Portland, Dieudonné is excited to return to the Pacific Northwest, be closer to her family, and explore the endless hiking options that surround Seattle.