Meet Our Staff
At the Women’s Foundation, we have small, but strong staff that work hard to give women and girls in NH the greatest possible impact.
Tanna brings a passion for gender equality along with more than 15 years of nonprofit management, fundraising, political and advocacy experience to the CEO position.
Most recently, Tanna was an Executive and Strategic Consultant working with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, NH Department of Education and the Community College System of NH on education and workforce development initiatives. Tanna worked closely with New Hampshire’s business, philanthropic, and education leaders, as well as managing relationships with national funders and organizations.
Previously, Tanna led the merger of two organizations to form Educate Maine, and as executive director she grew the organization in size, reputation, and impact. She worked at Phillips Exeter Academy in the development office and has worked on a number of state and national political campaigns. Tanna is a dedicated volunteer and a committed advocate for women and children, serving on the board of A Safe Place and as Chair of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. She also coaches girls basketball and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Tanna is a graduate of Smith College and Northeastern Law School and lives in Portsmouth with her family.
Ellen Koenig, Director of Grant Making
Ellen has spent her entire work life in the New Hampshire sector, bringing a wide array of experience and relationships. For 10 years, she was a Senior Program Officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, managing many high profile projects, including the Corporate Fund, the Governor’s laptop initiative and the Foundation’s regional advisory board system. She has also worked with the NH Center for Nonprofits coordinating trainings and developing Nonprofit Next, the Center’s on-line resource.
Board service has been a central part of Ms. Koenig’s career, and she has held leadership roles on the boards of Leadership NH, NH Center for Nonprofits, CONFR (Continuing Education in Fundraising), NH Women’s Initiative, Concord Trust for the Enhancement of Public Education, and the Circle Program.
Karen brings more than a decade of non-profit communications experience to the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. She was most recently Director of Marketing at the Manchester Community Music School. Before that, she was Director of Marketing and Communications for the Currier Museum of Art where she was an integral part of their expansion and rebranding. Karen also worked with numerous New Hampshire non-profits as PR Manager at NewCircle Communications.
Karen is active in her community of Bedford, where she has served as a Board member for the Animal Rescue League of NH and on the PTG for Bedford High School. She currently volunteers with Hope for NH Recovery doing web and PR work for them.
Karen lives in Bedford with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Megan. When not working she enjoys hiking with her dogs, hitting a spin class at the gym, taking tap lessons, and traveling – these days to Los Angeles to visit Megan who attends college at USC.
Allison Hawkins, Administrative Director
Allison has worked for over sixteen years in non-profit administration, specifically in the areas of visuals arts and grant making. She last served as the Grants Program Director at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, an artist endowed foundation in New York, NY, where she was also active in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response. Prior to this she was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grants Office of the Education Department.
Also an artist, Allison received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and BA in Studio Art and Art History from Kenyon College. She has exhibited both in the US and abroad and is represented by the Proposition Gallery in New York, NY. Allison grew up in Missouri and Ohio, lived for many years in New York City, and recently moved with her husband and two daughters to Exeter, NH.