Meet the Foundation: Ariel Bright

 

Who are the people that power The Humana Foundation? Each month, we will bring you a brief profile on one of our staff members from our recently expanded team, a board member, volunteer, or individual who works for one of our non-profit partners so you can learn more about who we are, what we care about and how the work of The Foundation happens.

Ariel Bright is our first featured staff member. As the grants administrator for The Humana Foundation, Ariel manages the overall grant making process.  This includes the processes and administrative work that happens throughout the grant lifecycle. This work can include setting up a grant, assisting with reviewing applications and facilitating grant agreements.  Ariel came to The Humana Foundation because she wants to create meaningful advancements in health equity.

Health has played a central role in Ariel’s personal and professional life - with a master’s degree focused in health equity and food security and in her previous role acting as a philanthropic intermediary on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and private foundations, coming to the Humana Foundation was the perfect place for Ariel to put her passion and knowledge to good use.

At The Foundation, we are in the practice of talking about gratitude, and Ariel is grateful for sunshine, laughter and good music, which in her case means 90s hip hop and R&B.  Ariel takes care of her well-being by working out six days a week, focusing on strength and conditioning workouts made up of functional movements, and performed at high intensity levels. Ariel also takes care of her well-being by meditating three days a week.  For those trying to start a meditation practice, Ariel recommends starting small, sitting in meditation one to two nights a week to start, and not judging yourself in the process.  Currently, Ariel is currently reading When They Call you a Terrorist- A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.  Ariel lives in Washington, DC with her wife and two young sons.

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