The Scholars in Residence program, established in 2009 by the Center on Community Philanthropy, is a designation extended to researchers, practitioners and senior executives who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy. Each Scholar joins the Center for one week at the Clinton School, during which time they write an essay on community philanthropy, interact with students and faculty and present their work as a part of the Clinton School Speaker Series.
The Center has published two compendium of Scholars’ essays: “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South” and “Community Philanthropy: Strategies for Impacting Vulnerable Populations.”
Please meet our scholars:
Ivey L. Allen, Ph.D., President of the Foundation for the Mid South
March 24-27, 2009
Ivye Allen has an extensive background in philanthropy emphasizing economic development, community development, and systems change. Dr. Allen previously served as Chief Operating Officer for MDC Inc. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina – a nonprofit organization that works to advance equity issues and opportunities in the American South. Her responsibilities included managing the daily operations of the organization while also working on philanthropy issues. The work of the Foundation for the Mid South is to promote racial, social, and economic equity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. She was a visiting professor to Jackson State University, and former chair of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Board. Prior to joining MDC, Dr. Allen was a consultant to nonprofit organizations and taught graduate public policy and urban affairs courses at Jackson State University and Hunter College. In addition, Dr. Allen served as director of fellowship programs for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York. Her education includes a Ph.D. in social policy from Columbia University; a M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College; a M.B.A. in marketing and international business from New York University; and a bachelor’s in economics from Howard University. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Dr. Ivey Allen presented a paper on how community philanthropy efforts and activities can help advance movement toward equitable and just communities.
Heather Larkin, JD, CPA, President & CEO Arkansas Community Foundation
April 20-24, 2009
Heather Larkin, JD, CPA, is the President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation. On the Foundation staff since 1998, she uses her law and accounting background to strengthen the Foundation and to build philanthropic funds for the benefit of Arkansas. Larkin is committed to improving the state and enjoys helping people leave a legacy and give to the causes they care about. In 2001, she was named a Hull Fellow and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s next generation of philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. The Fellowship enabled her to spend three weeks in Europe exploring issues of nonprofit governance, strategic planning, grant making, investments, and public/private partnerships. Larkin is a native of Charleston, Arkansas, a Hendrix College graduate. She completed her JD degree for the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Heather Larkin presented a paper on how community philanthropy reaches beyond the banker and advances movement toward more equitable communities.
Steven E. Mayer, PhD., Director, Effective Communities, LLC
April 27-May 1, 2009
Steven Mayer has worked the past thirty years with the gamut of civic, public and philanthropic organizations – grassroots groups, donors, foundations, agencies, associations, networks, and systems – to help them achieve greater effectiveness consistent with their mission. Mayer concentrates on organizations seeking to level the playing field, reduce barriers, and otherwise improve conditions that support fair and equitable progress. Before beginning Effective Communities in 1999, he was the founding director at Rainbow Research, Inc., a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that helps foundations and nonprofits focus on organizational effectiveness, program evaluation, and capacity building. Some of his key publications are Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations; Successful Neighborhood Self-Help: Some Lessons Learned; Community Philanthropy in Central and Eastern Europe; Better Together: Religious Institutions as Partners in Community-Based Development; Inclusiveness Assessment Tool: A Tool for Assessing Progress in Racial and Ethnic Inclusiveness and Cultural Competence; and Building Community Capacity with Evaluation Activities that Empower. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Dr. Steven Mayer presented a paper on strategies for impacting vulnerable communities.
Sherece West-Scantlebury Ph.D., President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
May 11-15, 2009
Sherece West-Scantlebury is nationally known for her leadership in the areas of community development, public policy, and, most recently, disaster recovery. Sherece’s career path began at the Social Security Administration and wound its way through the Maryland Municipal League, the DC Department of Public Health, the Community Service Society of New York City, the Ford Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, Sherece partnered with its Rebuilding Communities Initiative grantees and consultants to help the five RCI sites advance their community-building plans and achieve their goals, and former President/CEO of the Carrier Foundation. Sherece holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowie State University. She was a Fellow with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Policy Institutes and a 2003–04 Emerging Leaders Fellow – a joint program of Duke University and the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In addition to heading WRF, she currently serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and the National Urban Fellows. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury presented a paper on moving the needle one family at a time.
Wenda Weekes Moore, Board of Trustees, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
October 6-8, 2009
Since 1989, Wenda Weeks Moore has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. She is the former board chair and currently serves as chair of the Budget Committee. She serves on the board of directors of several organizations including The Ms. Foundation for Women, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Women’s Funding Network, Minneapolis Council of Churches, University of Minnesota’s Weisman Museum, and Graywolf Press. She has served as vice chair and chair of the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents, and was the first woman and first African American to serve in those capacities. She was a member of the Federal District Judge Selection Committee; the National Committee on Presidential Selection and Evaluation, Association of Governing Boards; the Advisory Board to the U.S. Dept of Education; the Board of Advisors to the General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health; the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education; the Minnesota Orchestral Association and St. Benedict’s College. She also has served as a member of the Kellogg Foundation’s delegation to the Beijing NGO Forum on Women and the advisory committee to the Kellogg Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Click here to watch Wenda Weekes Moore discuss the Kellogg Foundation’s ongoing pursuit of equity.
Suzanne Eloise Siskel, Director of Philanthropy, Ford Foundation
August 31-September 4, 2009
Suzanne Siskel joined the Ford Foundation in 1990, serving as Program Officer for Rural Poverty and Resources, and Assistant Representative in Indonesia, Representative for the Philippines, and Representative for Indonesia. Her work in Southeast Asia included development and expansion of indigenous and social justice philanthropy; strengthening civil society; promoting socio-economic development and community-based natural resources policy and management; and building local capacity for socio-economic research and analysis. Trained as a social anthropologist, Suzanne has taught at Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities in the United States and Brawijaya and Airlangga Universities in East Java, Indonesia. Suzanne first worked in Indonesia in 1974 as a Luce Scholar of the Henry Luce Foundation and later as a Fulbright scholar. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association and is its current president. She holds degrees in social anthropology from Harvard University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Johns Hopkins University. Click here to watch Suzanne Eloise Siskel discuss the transformational potential of community philanthropy to address vulnerability and marginalization.
Hanmin Liu, PhD, DDS, President/CEO, Wildflower Institute
September 29-October 1, 2009
Hanmin Liu is cofounder of Wildflowers Institute, an organization that is a catalyst for the organic formation and functioning of communities. Hanmin was elected to the Board of Trustees of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1996. From 2003 to 2005, he was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation and he continues to serve on the Board today. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Union Institute and University. In 2006, the U.S. Patent Office awarded Hanmin, a patent for a breakthrough technology invention. Hanmin is a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow and a Gerbode Fellow since 2000. He received the 2006 Distinguished Professional Service Award from his alma mater, the University of Pacific. He has served as honorary consultant to the Beijing Medical University, the Shanghai First People’s Hospital, and the Shanghai Mental Health Center, all in the People’s Republic of China. Hanmin earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Cincinnati, Ohio. He also earned a doctorate in dental surgery, graduating with high honors, from New York University’s School of Dentistry, New York City. He took his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. Click here to watch Dr. Hanmin Liu discuss strengthening local leaders and the self-organizing structures in vulnerable communities.
Kristin Lindsey, Executive Vice President & COO, Council on Foundations
August 24-28, 2009
Kristin Lindsey serves as the COO of Council on Foundations which is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,000 grant making foundations and corporations, with assets totaling more than $282 billion. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Lindsey was founder and principal of Intersector Consulting, a practice that worked with foundations and philanthropic associations on strategy, learning and evaluation, communications, and program development. Her firm worked with clients in the US and abroad. Before establishing her consulting firm, Ms. Lindsey was Senior Vice President at the Donors Forum of Chicago, a membership organization serving 1,200 nonprofits and foundations in the greater Chicago area. She currently serves as a board member of the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations and the Petersburg Public Library Foundation and has served on the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Kristin attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois, and did her graduate study at DePaul University. Click here to watch Kristin Lindsey discuss what foundations and indigenous philanthropies can teach each other about supporting vulnerable communities.
John H. Jackson, Ed.D., J.D., President/CEO, The Schott Foundation
September 20-23, 2009
John Jackson is President/CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP’s National Director of Education. Dr. Jackson also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve in his administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Jackson possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; A Master of Education in Education Policy from the University of Illinois’ College of Education; and a Jurist Doctorate from the University of Illinois’ College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Dr.John Jackson presented a paper on the use of strategic community philanthropy to impact vulnerable communities and populations.
Kathy Smith, Senior Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
September 7-11, 2009
As senior program officer for the Home Region Focus Area, Kathy Smith is responsible for the Arkansas K-12 education reform initiative that promote systemic reform, using the principles of accountability, transparency, choice, and incentives. She has spent more than 30 years in public education in Oklahoma and Arkansas, first as a high school English teacher and eventually moving to district Secondary Curriculum Director. She has been responsible for district-wide professional development programs and school improvement and design initiatives, as well as district assessment and accountability programs. An additional focus of her tenure as a district administrator was effective school and business/community partnerships. Kathy has been with the Walton Family Foundation for eight years. Her current responsibilities include Arkansas Education Initiatives that promote Systemic Reform, using the principles of Accountability, Transparency, Choice, and Incentives. Kathy holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas, and Curriculum Specialist Licensure. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Kathy Smith presented a paper on strategies for impacting vulnerable populations.
Joel Anderson Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
December 7-10, 2010
Dr. Joel E. Anderson became the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003, bringing with him more than thirty years of university and community service. As Dean and Provost, Dr. Anderson led the university to become a doctoral-level institution with an increase in research grants and contracts from $5 million to $22 million. His academic leadership helped UALR earn the “research intensive” national Carnegie classification. Often using the line “you have to face it to fix it,” Dr. Anderson has led the university to highlight the need for the community and the state to address issues of race. Chancellor Anderson is successfully leading an effort to establish the first ever Institute on Race and Ethnicity that will live within the University of Arkansas system. The Institute will serve as the resource for multi-disciplinary research-driven data-including historical, sociological, educational, and economic analysis- in order to combat structural racism and support racial and ethnic justice. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Harding University (BA in political science), American University, (MA in international relations), and the University of Michigan (PhD in political science). He also completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Click here to watch Dr. Joel Anderson discuss the establishment of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute on Race and Ethnicity.
David Williams Ph.D., Professor of Public Health, Harvard University
April 7-8, 2011
Dr. David R. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. His first 6 years as a faculty member were at Yale University where he held appointments in both Sociology and Public Health. He is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. His research has focused on trends and determinants of socioeconomic and racial disparities in health, the effects of racism on health and the ways in which religious involvement can affect health. He is the author of more than 150 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and his research has appeared in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology. He has been involved in the development of health policy at the national level in the U.S. He has served on the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Committee on Vital and Health StatisticsandonsixpanelsfortheInstituteofMedicineoftheNationalAcademyofSciences. Dr.Williams has also played a visible, national leadership role in raising awareness levels of the problem of health disparities and identifying interventions to address them. Click here to watch Dr. David Williams discuss pathways to promote racial healing and equity in the American South.
Minnijean Brown Trickey, Little Rock Nine
November 7-11, 2011
Minnijean Brown Trickey is one of the nine African American students who collectively resisted the opposition to the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in 1957—an act of great historical importance that has been featured in numerous documentaries, magazines, television specials and other media. Since this courageous stance for social justice as a young woman, Brown Trickey has maintained a lifelong commitment to peacemaking, developing youth leadership, diversity education and training, cross-cultural communication, gender and social justice advocacy. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services from Laurentian University and a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University. Brown Trickey served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity and continues to be active as a teacher, writer, and motivational speaker. Mrs. Brown Trickey is the recipient of numerous awards for her community work for social justice, including Lifetime Achievement Tribute by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and the International Wolf Award for contributions to racial harmony. With the Little Rock Nine, she received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal. Minnijean Brown Trickey is the mother of three sons and three daughters. Click here to watch Minnijean Brown Trickey discuss confronting racism past and present to heal ourselves and to heal the world.
Ronald “Ronn” Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation
February 6-10, 2012
Ronald ‘Ronn’ Richard is the president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation where he sees his job as “helping a great region become even greater.” Early in his career, Richard was a U.S. diplomat in Osaka/Kobe, Japan and at the U.S. State Department. Richard pinpoints his diplomacy work as a position that prepared him well for his current position at the foundation. Richard believes diplomacy is key to the collaborative approach that the region needs to solve its problems. Personally, Richard demonstrates this collaborative approach and applies himself beyond his responsibilities with the Cleveland Foundation. Richard chairs the Ohio Grantmakers Forum’s task force on educational reform and is on numerous boards including the Council on Foundations, Living Cities, Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, and Global Cleveland. Mr. Richard holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis, and honorary doctorates from Notre Dame College and Baldwin-Wallace College. Click here to watch Ronald Richard discuss building effective models for community change through collaboration.
john a. powell, J.D., Director, Haas Center for Diversity and Inclusion
March 26-30, 2012
john a. powell, J.D. is an internationally recognized scholar on race, poverty, and regional equity. Powell serves as the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as the Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. Under his leadership, The Kirwan Institute has taken a national leadership role in researching, developing, and advocating for regional solutions to problems associated with racialized space. He is also the Director of the Haas Diversity Research Center (HDRC), which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. powell has developed an “opportunity-based” framework for thinking about how an individual’s destiny is affected by a complex and interconnected web of opportunity structures that significantly affect their quality of life. Previously, Powell founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as the director of Legal Services of Greater Miami and was National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Click here to watch john a. powell discuss how implicit bias and structural racialization can move us to social and personal healing.
Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., Director, Program for Environmental And Regional Equity
October 15-19, 2012
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and co-Director of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S., resulting in articles published in Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Regional Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, and elsewhere. He has also conducted research on Latin American economic conditions, with articles published in journals such as International Organization, World Development, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Foreign Affairs. His most recent book, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton 2010; co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh), documents the gap between progress in racial attitudes and racial realities, and offers a new set of strategies for both talking about race and achieving racial equity. Click here to watch Dr. Manuel Pastor discuss racial healing, social equity, and immigrant integration in the American South.
Diana Aviv, Chief Executive Officer, Feeding America
January 30-February 1, 2013
Diana Aviv is Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and third largest U.S. charity according to Forbes. Diana is a frequent speaker on trends in and key issues for the nonprofit sector. She has testified before Congress and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.com. Diana also served as president and CEO of Independent Sector and as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector at the encouragement of the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee. In December 2010, President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions that mobilizes citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and government to solve community needs. Click here to watch Diana Aviv discuss using advocacy to improve public policy outcomes.
Emmett Carson, Ph.D, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
March 25-29, 2013
Emmett Carson is CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the world. Today, with over $3 billion under management, Emmett oversees the community foundation’s work with donors and corporations whose giving is responsible for the foundation being both the largest grant-maker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grant-maker among community foundations in the U.S. Before this, Emmett was the CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, and prior to that, he oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grant-making program on philanthropy and nonprofit sector. In addition to his work at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he is a prolific writer and is recognized as an international leader in the field of philanthropy. Dr. Carson is an authority on social justice grantmaking, as well as public accountability by nonprofits. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at Synergos, a global nonprofit that supports initiatives tackling the challenges of poverty and injustice. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College. Click here to watch Dr. Emmett Carson discuss foundations and the fallacy of a post-racial America and African American men and civic engagement.
David Beckwith, Principal Consultant, Great Lakes Institute
February 3-7, 2014
David Beckwith is a consultant whose work focuses on organizational development, strategic planning, and community organizing for social justice nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. He is currently the principal of the Great Lakes Institute, based in Toledo, Ohio.He has worked as a community organizer, trainer, and consultant to community groups since 1971. Until January of 2013 he was the Executive Director of The Needmor Fund, a national foundation based in Toledo, Ohio. He was formerly a Field Consultant for the Washington, DC based Center for Community Change; the founding Director of the New England Training Center for Community Organizers in Providence, RI; Field Coordinator for the Governance Task Force of President Carter’s National Commission on Neighborhoods; a Training Specialist with the national Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC; the Director of the East Toledo Community Organization; a Research Associate at the University of Toledo’s Urban Affairs Center. Click here to watch David Beckwith discuss the story of money and how we can build respect between fundgivers and fundseekers.
Antonia Hernández, J.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Community Foundation
March 9-13, 2015
Antonia Hernández joined one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations, the California Community Foundation, as President and CEO in 2004. In partnership with more than 1,200 individual, family and corporate donors, the foundation supports nonprofit organizations and public institutions with funds for health and human services, affordable housing, early childhood education, and other areas of need. Under Ms. Hernández’s leadership, the CCF won a 2013 National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Impact Award, in part for providing a greater percentage of its grant dollars to empower marginalized communities than virtually any other community foundation in the nation. Previously, Ms. Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She currently serves on several commissions, advisory boards and committees, including the Commission on Presidential Debates and UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors. Ms. Hernández earned her B.A. in History at UCLA and J.D. at the UCLA School of Law in 1974.
Celeste Clark, Ph.D., Trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Principal at Abraham Clark Consulting
April 6-10, 2015
Dr. Celeste Clark has nearly 35 years of corporate experience and is internationally known and recognized in the field of food and health policy. Her career at Kellogg Company spans both operational and functional areas. In her most recent role as Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy and External Affairs, she provided leadership for worldwide internal and external communications, nutrition and regulatory programs, brand reputation management, and social responsibility functions. She also served as Chief Sustainability Officer and President of the Kellogg Corporate Citizenship Fund, the company’s philanthropic entity. Currently, Dr. Clark is an independent director of the Mead Johnson Nutrition Company and Diamond Foods and a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She also is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and serves on several local state boards. Dr. Clark is the principal of Abraham Clark Consulting, LLC and consults on nutrition/health policy, brand reputation, crisis communications, and leadership development. Click here to watch Dr. Clark present on the topic of corporate philanthropy.
Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., Director, Early Opportunities, LLC
May 4-8, 2015
Dr. Joan Lombardi is the Director of Early Opportunities, LLC and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and the Bernard van Leer Foundation. Over the past 40 years, Dr. Lombardi has made significant contributions in the areas of child and family policy as an innovative leader and policy advisor to national and international organizations and foundations. She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development in the Obama Administration. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs in Administration for Children and Families and Commissioner of the Child Care Bureau during the Clinton Administration. She was also the founding chair of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance (now the Alliance for Early Success) and the founder of Global Leaders for Young Children. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Save the Children and the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Click here to watch Dr. Lombardi present on the topic of increasing access to quality early care for Arkansas children.
Ramón Murguía, J.D., Trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Owner, Murguía Law Firm
October 5-9, 2015
Ramón Murguía is a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and owner of Murguía Law Firm. Murguía has served locally on the boards of the Francis Families Foundation, the Jacob L. Loose Foundation, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. He also has served for many years as a member of the Board and as Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, which is a foundation established in 1983 to improve the quality of life of the Latino community in Greater Kansas City. On the national level, he served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza, a Washington D.C. based Latino civil rights organization and as its Chairman of the Board. Click here to watch Mr. Murguía present his paper written during his week-long residency at the Center on Community Philanthropy.
Steven Barnett, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University
May 2-6, 2016
Dr. Steven Barnett is Board of Governors professor of education and the director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University and has served as a consultant for early childhood policy for many states and national leaders around the world. His research includes wide ranging studies on early childhood policy and economics, including research on long-term effects of early education programs, benefit-cost analyses of the Perry Preschool and Abecedarian programs, randomized trials of alternative approaches to educating bilingual/migrant populations and the Tools of the Mind curriculum, and the series of State Preschool Yearbooks providing annual state-by-state analyses of progress in public pre-K. Dr. Barnett is the second in a series of scholars in residence focusing their research on the role of community philanthropy in expanding quality early childhood education in Arkansas through the Good to Great initiative. This project is a collaboration between the Center on Community Philanthropy, The Arkansas Public Policy Panel, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas State University Childhood Services, and the Arkansas Community Foundation. Click here to watch Steven Barnett discuss early childhood policy, economics, and education.
Dr. Earl Lewis became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013. A noted social historian, Dr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Emory University, where he served as provost, and has authored or co-authored eight books. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Lewis earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota. As the leader of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Lewis has reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change. Click here to watch Earl Lewis discuss his co-edited book Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society.
February 27-March 3, 2017
Robin Ferriby is vice president of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a vice president of the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, an organization that administers and oversees the “Grand Bargain” that resulted in Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. Ferriby graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Today, his philanthropic leadership at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan includes responsibility over new gifts, donor stewardship, professional advisor relationships, new market and product development, philanthropic planning for individuals, families and businesses, and foundation relationships. Click here to watch Robin Ferriby discuss the inner workings of and lessons learned from the Detroit Grand Bargain.
Dr. William Bell is the President and CEO of Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Bell has more than 35 years of experience in the human services field. Prior to becoming president and CEO of Casey Family Programs, he served as the foundation’s executive vice president for Child and Family Services, providing strategic direction to nine field offices and leading a staff working directly with young people from the public child welfare system. Bell is a member of the board of Philanthropy Northwest, Delta State University Foundation and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. He serves on the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association board of trustees, and he is a member of the advisory board of the Racial Equity and Leadership Institute.
Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholars
Karl Besel, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University-Kokomo
Besel is associate professor at Indiana University-Kokomo, School of Public and Environmental Affairs and faculty member at the Center on Philanthropy, IUPUI. His research includes nonprofit sustainability, comparative civil society, as well as community and economic development. Besel served as a visiting philanthropy faculty scholar at the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy during the Fall of 2009 and undertook a comprehensive study on nonprofit sustainability within the American South and Midwest with Dr. Charlotte Williams and Clinton School student Joanna Klak. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership Fall 2011. Click here to watch Karl Besel discuss the rise of NeoTraditionalism in urban planning.
Travis Dixon, Communication Alumni Professorial Scholar and Associate Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Dixon is a media effects scholar dedicated to investigating the prevalence of stereotypes in the mass media and the impact of stereotypical imagery on audience members. He has been honored as a faculty fellow with the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and as an invited fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Much of Dr. Dixon’s work has been focused on racial stereotyping in television news. His more recent investigations examine the content and effects of stereotypes and counter-stereotypes in major news events, online news, and musical contexts. Click here to watch Dr. Travis Dixon discuss media stereotypes and their role in racial healing and equity.
Researcher in Residence
Muthusami Kumaran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management & Community Organizations in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainsville
Muthusami Kumaran is the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy’s inaugural Researcher in Residence. He spent spring semester 2016 at the Center on Community Philanthropy partnering with local nonprofit Our House on a comprehensive research project. He will be presenting his research paper “Two-Generational Approach, Organizational Strength, and Community Philanthropy towards Prevention of Homelessness for Children and Families: Promising Practices from Arkansas.” After completing his residency, Kumaran will return to the University of Florida, Gainesville as an assistant professor of Nonprofit Management and Community Organizations in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences.