Forward Community Investments: Adds three new members to board of directors

Dayne, Mirilli, and Winn Bring Wealth of Experience and Diverse Backgrounds to FCI

Forward Community Investments (FCI), a statewide community development financial institution based in Madison, has added three new members to its board of directors. Alia Dayne, Ananda Mirilli, and Torry Winn attended their first FCI board meeting on January 23 meeting.

“We’re thrilled to have Alia, Ananda, and Torry join the FCI family,” said FCI President Salli Martyniak. “Each of these individuals brings a unique background and set of skills to the organization. Their guidance and oversight will be invaluable as we continue to implement our new vision and mission, which emphasize working with organizations and initiatives aimed at promoting social, racial, and economic equity in Wisconsin communities.”

Alia Dayne is diversity coordinator at Agrace, a nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that provides end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin communities. In that role, she works to implement strategies aimed at improving access to diverse and underserved patients and ensure that the staff and volunteer workforce reflect the diversity of the communities served by Agrace. Ms. Dayne also provides educational opportunities designed to increase cultural competence throughout the agency. Before joining Agrace, she served as life management coordinator at Madison Media institute. Ms. Dayne holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Forward Community Investments is authentically committed to reducing social, racial, and economic disparities across Wisconsin,” Dayne said. “They are not an organization of words, but of action.”

Ananda Mirilli is restorative justice director at YWCA Madison. Ms. Mirilli is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in education leadership and policy analysis. A native of Brazil, Ms. Mirilli worked in human resources and administration until 2006, when she went back to school to embrace her passion – racial, justice and social education. She is a former board member of Nuestro Mundo bilingual school, treasurer of the Latino Education Council, a board member of Unidos Against Domestic Violence, and chair of the Latino Academy steering.

“I’m excited to be joining the FCI team and becoming part of the important work they do, especially their work around supporting communities of color and advancing racial equity,” Mirilli said.

Torry Winn is a consultant for strategic partnerships and engagement for Race to Equity, a project of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families working to reduce racial disparities in Dane County. In that role, he co-authored the Race to Equity report that has sparked intense dialog around equity issues in the Madison area. Prior to that, Winn served as director of the Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative, a unique partnership between the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Casey Family Programs, the Center for Working Families, Inc., Operation HOPE, and Catholic Charities, serving to improve the economic stability of families living in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn Avenue District. Winn earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

“Forward Community Investments’ efforts and accomplishments in the past five years are great examples of effective work on social progress and economic equity” Winn said. “I am excited to join a board focused on moving Wisconsin forward and making it a better place for all.”

FCI will be adding two more new board members later this year: Jaimes Johnson, Director of Community and Campus Relations at UW Credit Union; and Anthony Gray, President and CEO of the Institute for Global Ethics.