Milano Harden

Milano Harden is President and Founder of The Genius Group, Inc. Harden has extensive training in philanthropic strategy; nonprofit management; leadership effectiveness; organizational change and development; equity, diversity and inclusion. 

The Genius Group, Inc. (TGG) provides organization strategy and grant-making design support to private foundations; technical assistance and capacity building support to the grantees of foundation-funded initiatives; and solutions in managing growth & change, strategic planning, financial management and diversity & inclusion to nonprofits and social enterprises. TGG works with leaders of all kinds with an emphasis on philanthropic/nonprofit leaders working on social change and community improvement themes. 

Harden has deep interests in the leadership effectiveness of next generation leaders, the organizational strengthening of movement building organizations and ethnic philanthropy. Prior to TGG, Harden served in a number of progressive leadership roles:

  1. Program Director at The Healthcare Georgia Foundation in Atlanta, GA; 
  2. Manager of Education Initiatives at Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations & Philanthropy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; 
  3. Development Manager of Executive Education at the American Hospital Association’s Health Research &         Educational Trust; 
  4. Program Evaluator for the Department of Community Services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and 
  5. District Health Coordinator for the Illinois Primary Health Care Association. 


While working at the American Hospital Association, Harden co-founded Imago Dei, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving young men’s and boys of color social condition, educational attainment and psychological wellbeing. 

Harden serves on several boards and committees including: Board of Directors of the International Community School, Avondale Estates, GA; the Steering Committee of the Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP!); the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program; The YMCA of the USA’s Activate America National Expert Panel on Communities of Color; and Member, New Leaders Council of Atlanta’s Curriculum Committee. 

Harden holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, and a graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Harden has been honored with several fellowships: in 2011, by Leadership DeKalb, as a member of the 2012 Class; in 2010, by Leadership Atlanta, as a member of the 2010-2011 Class, the 40th Leadership Atlanta cohort; in 2009, by the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) as a member of the 2009-2010 Connecting Leadership Fellows; in 2003 by the Southeastern Council of Foundation as a Hull Leadership Fellow for emerging leaders in philanthropy; in 1998 by Harvard University as an Administrative Fellow for high potential administrators of color on staff at Harvard. 

Milano Harden Principal & President, The Genius Group, Inc.

Milano Harden

Principal & President, The Genius Group, Inc.

Decatur, Georgia, United States

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