D’Artagnan Caliman is Vice President of the 1803 Fund, which seeks to grow shared prosperity through investments in community-based organizations and through smart financial investments. We will prioritize investments in education, place, culture, and belonging. 1803 Fund is not a conventional investment firm, and it is not traditional philanthropy, though our work will include pieces of both. We think of ourselves as a private equity fund for the people.
1803 is the year that York, an enslaved American of African descent, was directed to join an historic journey to what would become the Oregon territory. We are inspired by his optimism as he imagined this landscape, so full of promise for a new Black future.
D’Artagnan Caliman was previously named the Director of the Meyer Memorial Trust’s Justice Oregon for Black Lives, Meyer’s five-year, $25 million investment in Black leadership, Black-serving organizations and systemic-level change.
Since 2016, D’Artagnan has worked as a Child Welfare Consultant, delivering project management services to government, human services, public sector and non-profit organizations specializing in child welfare, child abuse and neglect, juvenile justice and social services. He leads data-driven system and organizational change efforts with measurable results, utilizes change management strategies to develop creative approaches to improve upon traditional methods, and builds powerful partnerships with clients to achieve their organization’s mission.
D’Artagnan also served as the Executive Director for Seattle non-profit Building Changes, which works to end homelessness throughout Washington state. Prior to that, he was a Senior Manager for the Child Welfare Information Gateway and managed the Digital and Web Services teams (a subcontractor of the Children’s Bureau).
In addition, D’Artagnan was Chief of Staff for Social Services Administration for the state of Maryland and led the CFSR, legislative session, partnerships, and transition programs. He also worked at Casey Family Programs for 15 years, in both direct practice and systems improvement, to improve child welfare at a national level. While at Casey, he led initiatives related to expediting legal permanency, alumni and birth parent federal policy partnerships, and developing and implementing tools for addressing race equity and disproportionality.
D’Artagnan and his sister are alumni of foster care from Oregon state. They remained in care together for over two years, including kinship and foster homes, then reunified with their birth mother. Their mother went on to work in WA state as a CPS worker. D’Artagnan holds an MSW from Portland State University.