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Board of Directors

  • Tonya Allen

    CEO, The Skillman Foundation

    Mrs. Tonya Allen currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Skillman Foundation, a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve lives of children in Southeast Michigan. She is slated to become President and CEO on January 1, 2014. Mrs. Allen’s work consists of managing and aligning the complexities of education reform,…
  • Audrey Choi

    Head of Environment, Social Finance, and Community Reinvestment Group, Morgan Stanley

    Audrey Choi is the Head of Morgan Stanley's Environment, Social Finance, and Community Reinvestment Group. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Audrey held a variety of positions in the public and private sectors. She served in the Clinton-Gore Administration in senior policy positions at the Federal Communications Commission, the Commerce Department,…
  • Xavier De Souza Briggs

    Vice President, Economic Opportunity And Assets, Ford Foundation

    Xavier (“Xav”) de Souza Briggs is vice president of the foundation’s Economic Opportunity and Assets program. He leads the foundation’s work promoting economic fairness, advancing sustainable development, and building just and inclusive cities in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also oversees the foundation’s…
  • Pamela P. Flaherty

    (Secretary/Treasurer) President & CEO, Citi Foundation; Director, Corporate Citizenship, Citi

    Pamela P. Flaherty is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citi Foundation. She is also Director of Corporate Citizenship for the company and a member of Citi’s Senior Leadership Committee. Previously, she managed Citibank’s New York branch banking business and served as Citicorp’s Senior Human Resources Officer. She began her career at the…
  • Gary S. Hattem

    President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

    Before joining Deutsche Bank in 1990, Mr. Hattem served as the first executive director of the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, a nonprofit community development organization in Brooklyn. Among his many leadership positions, he serves as chairman of the Pratt Center for Community Development Advisory Committee. Mr. Hattem earned…
  • Ben Hecht

    President & CEO, Living Cities

    Mr. Hecht is an experienced nonprofit executive, author and social entrepreneur. In July 2007, he joined Living Cities as its President and CEO. Previously, he founded One Economy Corporation in 2000, a nonprofit organization which brings the power of the Internet and the economic mainstream to low-income families living in affordable housing…
  • Phillip Henderson

    President, Surdna Foundation

    Phillip Henderson is president of the Surdna Foundation, a New York City-based family foundation focused on fostering sustainable communities in the United States. The Surdna Foundation, founded in 1917, operates programs in sustainable environment, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Phil has been with Surdna since 2007, and during his…
  • Craig Howard

    Director of Community and Economic Development, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

    Mr. Howard has more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, most of it working in workforce and community economic development, designing and implementing replicable programs that create jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged people here and abroad. Throughout his career, he has had a commitment to measuring the results of programs and continuing…
  • Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

    President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey–still a practicing physician–served as the foundation’s vice president and director of its Health Care Group. She was the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, and the director of Penn’s Institute on Aging. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey earned her undergraduate degree at the State…
  • Patrick McCarthy

    President & CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Patrick McCarthy is the President/CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Prior to his becoming President/CEO, McCarthy was the Foundation’s senior vice president. In that capacity, he oversaw the Casey’s work in the areas of health,…
  • Bruce McNamer

    Head of Global Philanthropy CEO, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

    Bruce McNamer is the Head of Global Philanthropy and Chief Executive Officer of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Bruce came to the role with broad experience from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. Prior to JP Morgan, he served as the President and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the developing world…
  • Micheal Myers

    Managing Director of Centennial Programming, Rockefeller Foundation

    Michael Myers performs a number of leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation, including coordinating strategies for the Foundation’s work in the United States and leading two key initiatives—the global Transforming Health Systems initiative and transportation issues in the U.S. Mr. Myers joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 and led the…
  • Jill Nishi

    Senior Advisor, United States Program, Gates Foundation

    Jill Nishi is responsible for the strategy, management and evaluation functions for the Post-Secondary Success strategy whose aim is to increase the number of low-income young adults who complete a post-secondary credential. In addition, she manages Special Initiatives grantmaking for the U.S. Program. Previously, Jill was the deputy director of…
  • Barbara Picower

    President, The JPB Foundation

    Barbara Picower is the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of The JPB Foundation, a charitable institution founded in 2011 from the proceeds of the estate of her late husband, Jeffry M. Picower. The JPB Foundation builds upon the success of the previous Picower Foundation, and aims to enhance the quality of life in the United States…
  • Andrew Plepler

    Global Corporate Social Responsibility and Consumer Policy Executive, Bank of America

    Prior to joining Bank of America, Mr. Plepler served as senior vice president of Housing and Community Initiatives at the Fannie Mae Foundation, in addition to supervising that foundation’s Outreach and Education department. He has also served on Capitol Hill as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Plepler earned his BA at…
  • Rip Rapson

    (Vice Chairman) President & CEO, The Kresge Foundation

    In July 2006, Rip Rapson joined The Kresge Foundation as its President and CEO. Previously, as President of The McKnight Foundation, Mr. Rapson was instrumental in promoting early childhood development, launching an innovative and pioneering approach to regional growth issues, contributing to key inner city revitalization efforts, and helping…
  • Lata Reddy

    Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility President, The Prudential Foundation

    Lata N. Reddy is vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility and president of The Prudential Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s philanthropic activities, social investments, corporate contributions and employee engagement activities. She joined Prudential in 1997 to manage the foundation’s education grantmaking…
  • Ronald Richard

    President & CEO, The Cleveland Foundation

    Before becoming president of the Cleveland Foundation, Mr. Richard was chief operating officer and managing partner of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. He has also served as president of Panasonic Home & Commercial Products Company, a major sales and marketing division of Panasonic USA. Mr. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington…
  • Micheal Rizer

    Executive Vice President, Director , Community Relations and CRA Risk Management, Wells Fargo

    Executive Vice President, Michael (Mike) Rizer is the director of Community Relations and CRA Risk Management for Wells Fargo & Company. In this role he manages the community development and community affairs teams companywide that are responsible for CRA performance, community outreach, stakeholder engagement, philanthropy and reputation risk. In…
  • A. Dennis White

    (Chairman) President & CEO, MetLife Foundation

    Dennis is President and CEO of the MetLife Foundation. He is responsible for managing Foundation and corporate contributions, company volunteer activities and directing the social and community investment programs of MetLife and MetLife Foundation. Dennis joined MetLife in 1990 to manage the Foundation’s Program-Related Investments portfolio. From…
  • Emilia Wiener

    Lead Director, Portfolio Management, AXA Equitable

    Ms. Wiener joined AXA Equitable in August 2010 as a senior member of the Office of the Chief Investment Officer responsible for Fixed Income Portfolio Management. Prior to joining AXA Equitable Ms. Wiener served as Head of the Private Placement team at Genworth Financial. Ms. Wiener also served as Senior Vice President and Director of Private…
  • Kate Wolford

    President, The McKnight Foundation

    Ms. Wolford became president of The McKnight Foundation in December 2006. Prior to joining McKnight she spent 13 years as president of a Maryland-based nonprofit relief agency. Ms. Wolford is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College, where she received a B.A. in history, with departmental honors. She earned her M.A. in public policy from the…