The board of directors and the executive search committee of Associated Grant Makers announced today that Jeffrey Poulos will take the helm as the new Executive Director of Associated Grant Makers beginning August 2, 2010.
Jeff has served as Executive Director of Stage Source, a membership association of theaters, for nine years, during which time he reversed an ongoing annual budget deficit and developed a cash reserve fund. Under his leadership, the organizational membership grew from 140 to 220 and individual membership climbed from 1,400 to 2,000. Jeff has experience in providing education and information to members, developing opportunities for networking among members and in lending the voice of a particular sector to the public discourse.
“We believe that Jeff possesses a range of remarkable skills and as a gifted generalist he will serve AGM in meeting all of the goals set forth in our new strategic plan, particularly our number one goal to be a member-driven organization. His connection to both the foundation and public charity realms gives him a good understanding of AGM’s key role as a bridge between the two sides of the field,” explains Mary Phillips, AGM Board Chair.
This means, sadly, that we will have to say goodbye to Miki Akimoto, who has been serving as Acting President at AGM. Miki will be staying on through the summer to help manage the transition and welcome Jeff to AGM.
Registration is now open for the Forum Network’s annual conference! We hope you’ll join us July 26-28 in Chicago at the beautiful Sofitel Water Tower hotel. This year’s program will include thought provoking plenary sessions, valuable skill building and unparalleled networking opportunities for regional associations. To register visit www.regonline.com/2010RAconference.
Let’s Talk Philanthropy is a new blog from Ohio Grantmakers Forum. OGF staff will be posting about issues in philanthropy, especially as they affect Ohio. It’s great to see another online venue for the field. I also like the regional focus. Many of the issue we address apply across the board, but like politics, all philanthropy is local (unless it’s global, of course : )).
Congrats to Claudia and the OGF team on a successful launch. Head on over and leave a comment, bookmark the page, or subscribe via email. You’re going to want to hear what they have to say.
On May 12th, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) held their annual meeting at the majestic Tremont Grant hotel in downtown Baltimore. After welcoming comments by board chair Lynn Homeier Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation, ABAG President Betsy Nelson took to the podium to introduce the day’s key note speaker, Dr. Manuel Pastor, professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and the economic and social conditions facing low-income urban communities. His most recent book, This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America (Cornell University Press, 2009; co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka), suggest how regional organizing is charting a new path for progressive politics and policies in America’s urban areas.
An engaging, intelligent and genuinely entertaining speaker, Pastor elucidated the demographic trends that are driving change in American domestic policy and how a focus on regional economies, led by a spirit of collaboration and sustainability, will create a path forward and a re-imagining of the American dream.
Below is a clip of Pastor addressing regional leadership and sustainability. The speech, including an introduction by Betsy Nelson, is available in its entirety on the Forum’s YouTube Channel.