Ambassador James A. Joseph – Ambassador Joseph is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and executive director of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University. Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate in December 1995, he was the first and only American Ambassador to present his credentials to South African President Nelson Mandela. In 1999, President Thabo Mbeki awarded him the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor the Republic of South Africa bestows on a citizen of another country. He was former president and CEO of the Council on Foundations, an incorporating director of President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation and the first board chairman of President William J. Clinton’s Corporation for National Service.
Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President, Annie E. Casey Foundation – Smith joined the Casey Foundation in 1994 as director of planning and development. A former member of the law faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Smith is a nationally recognized legal scholar and attorney, authoring briefs in landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As senior vice president of the Casey Foundation, Smith serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, the Foundation Center, Wachovia Regional Foundation, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and Venture Philanthropy Partners. He is an active participant in the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy and the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Change, and is a member of the Council of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program.
Miriam Shark, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation – Shark is one of the architects of the Casey Foundation’s Neighborhood Transformation and Family Development agenda, which focuses on strengthening the connections families in tough neighborhoods have to the resources, relationships and help they need to succeed in raising their kids. Subsequently, Shark developed a rural agenda that complements this work and she has on-going responsibility for work with a variety of national civic, philanthropic and service delivery organizations that promote family-strengthening and family economic success strategies. Prior to joining the foundation, Shark was a director of the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission. She holds an A.B. degree from Washington University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from St. Louis University and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Carla Colen Sparks, Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives and Community Engagement at the Center for Health Literacy – Sparks is Director of Patient-Centered Initiatives and Community Engagement in the Center for Health Literacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and an adjunct faculty of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Sparks has worked to promote African-American philanthropy in the Mid-South through her work with the Foundation for the Mid-South and as advisory member for the Mid-South African American Philanthropy Initiative. Sparks is a graduate of Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree from the UAMS College of Public Health
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 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.
Timothy McIntosh, Jr., Managing Partner, Park West Barber School, LLC – McIntosh is managing partner of Park West Barber School, LLC in Durham, N.C. In 2007, he started The Barber Foundation which serves as the philanthropic arm of his barbering school. McIntosh is also a founding member of a donor advised fund, The Next Generation of African American Philanthropists, where he works for the positive socio-economic development of the African American community. During his career as a barber McIntosh has owned salons, barbershops and a barbering school and has served as a gubernatorial appointment to the North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners. McIntosh is a native of Forestville, Md., and pursued higher education at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.