Madeline Porter joined the James. B McClatchy Foundation as the Program Associate in 2020. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and moved to the Central Valley to attend the University of California, Davis. She received her Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development, which allowed her to study the social, environmental, and economic impacts on cities and rural areas. In 2017, she began working for the nonprofit San Francisco Parks Alliance, which grew her talent for managing grants for publically funded beautification projects. In her free time, she volunteered with groups to assist them in maintaining their green spaces. Madeline is passionate about providing resources to local, community-driven organizations to encourage equitable and sustainable development. Her role as Program Associate will support and expand the First Amendment Program grants to fulfill JBMF’s commitment to protecting free speech, freedom of expression, and a free press.