Lanaea C. Featherstone is president and co-founder of the William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation. She is an award-winning leading nonprofit executive with more than a decade of international and management experience. She has been a featured panelist for U.S. News & World Report on topics related to the Latino
community. Featherstone received official Governor’s citation from the State of Maryland for her work promoting economic contributions for the Latino community. She received the Maryland Daily Record Newspaper’s Very Important Professionals (VIP) Successful by 40 award.
She works tirelessly to fulfill the organization’s mission to “bridge the opportunity divide among the Latino and underserved communities.” In 2013, Lanaea received a prestigious Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellowship, from a pool of 150 applicants, where she created citywide computer literacy initiative that helps Latino immigrant parents secure better paying jobs and help their children academically.
Through her Foundation, she’s developed critical programs that help solve key social and economic issues within the City’s immigrant community. Over the past years, she has developed strategic partnerships with Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), tech giant IBM, the Mexican Embassy, PNC Bank, BB&T Bank and other corporate partners.
Prior to starting her nonprofit, she worked for nearly twelve years for a DC-based international organization, where she designed programs for Hispanic journalists in the U.S. and developed initiatives in Latin America on issues ranging from immigration to freedom of expression. She’s organized major international conferences, including an event in Sweden that brought together 55 participants from 32 countries. She also served as the organization’s senior program director, deputy director of a multi-million dollar program and finally as a director of development, responsible for securing major gifts from corporations and foundations.
Lanaea holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University. She holds a PMP® certificate in project management, which is recognized all over the world as the gold standard and is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.
She is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to fifteen countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
Under her leadership, the Featherstone Foundation has received numerous statewide honors including the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “Nonprofit of the Year” Award, an NBC News feature and MELLFIN Family Engagement Award. For the past four years, she has served on the planning committee of the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference, the state’s leading professional development event serving more than 40,000 Hispanic businesses.
She’s a mother of two little girls.