Board of Directors

Seated, from left: Jackie Clegg (until 09/30/17), Lydia M. Marshall. Standing, from left: Colin Diver, Maria Otero, Landis Zimmerman (until 01/12/18), Mary McClymont (until 09/30/17), Craig Aase, Shirley Sagawa, David Dodson and Cliff Sloan. Not pictured: Stephanie Bell-Rose, Candice C. Jones, & Eric Washington. Photo credit: David Y. Lee for Public Welfare Foundation

Chair: Cliff Sloan

Cliff Sloan is a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in litigation and appeals, intellectual property, commercial disputes, media and First Amendment cases, constitutional law, and other issues. He returned to private practice in 2015, after serving as Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure at the U.S. Department of State. He previously served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States during the administration of President Bill Clinton; Assistant to the Solicitor General during the administration of President George H.W. Bush; and Associate Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel, Iran-Contra. A recognized expert in new media, he has also served as General Counsel of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the Washington Post Company’s online subsidiary, and as publisher of Slate Magazine. He serves as chair of the board of the American Constitution Society and serves on the boards of the National Center for State Courts and the National Security Archive.
Craig Aase

Craig Aase is the former chief investment officer at Macalester College. He has also served as vice president for administration and treasurer as well as controller and business manager at Macalester. Previously, he served as controller at Cornell College and as the assistant director for administration for the University of Rochester’s University Health Service. He served on the board of directors of The Schubert Club, the Central Association of College and University Business Officers, and he was a member of the accreditation team for the New England Association of Colleges. He also served on the finance and investment committee of The Arts Partnership.
Stephanie Bell-Rose

Stephanie Bell-Rose leads the TIAA-CREF Institute, which produces original research and insights on issues pertaining to financial security and organizational effectiveness for the educational, nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to her appointment at TIAA-CREF, Bell-Rose served as president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, whose mission was to promote excellence and innovation in education worldwide. She also served as counsel and Program Officer for Public Affairs at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bell-Rose is a trustee of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and is a director of the Council on Foundations and the Stephen C. Rose Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She received A.B., J.D. and M.P.A. degrees from Harvard University.
Colin Diver

Colin Diver is adjunct professor of law at Boston University School of Law, having retired in 2012 from his position as president of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he served as dean and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and, prior to that, as associate professor and then professor of law at Boston University Law School. In addition to his academic career, Diver has held a number of government posts in Massachusetts, including chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, appointed by former Governor Michael Dukakis; Under Secretary of Administration and Finance and Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs, during the administration of former Governor Francis Sargent; and Special Counsel to former Boston Mayor Kevin White. He has also served as a trustee of Amherst College and as a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity. He currently serves as Trustee Emeritus at Reed College, and serves on the board of the Trinity Boston Foundation and the Trinity Church Boston.
David Dodson

David Dodson is president of MDC, a nonprofit organization based in Durham, North Carolina, which is dedicated to expanding opportunity and equity by increasing college enrollment and graduation rates, preparing the workforce and expanding family and community assets.

He has designed or directed major projects to increase student success in public schools and community colleges, address regional economic decline, strengthen community philanthropy, and build multiracial leadership across the South and the nation. He is a frequent speaker on the importance of creating equity and opportunity for low-wealth communities and he has advised major philanthropic foundations on strategies to address poverty and reduce disparities. Prior to joining MDC, he served as executive director of the Cummins Engine Foundation and director of corporate responsibility for the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana. Currently, he serves on the boards of MDC, the Center for Law and Social Policy, Durham Technical Community College, Made in Durham, Dwight Hall at Yale, and UNC School of Public Health Foundation.

Candice C. Jones (ex officio)

Candice joined the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC as its President and CEO in 2017. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization that focuses on gun violence in Chicago. In that role, she worked on securing greater investments for violence intervention programs as an alternative to the criminal justice system.  

Prior to her work with Chicago CRED, she served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet level state agency where she supervised operations, programming, budget matters, and communications. During her tenure, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody.

She also served as a White House Fellow, managing a portfolio within the U.S. Department of Education that included developing education strategies for correctional institutions and shepherding a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody.

Earlier in her career, Candice served as a program officer with the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and on improving the quality of defense for indigent youth.

She currently serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a Chicago-based civil legal service organization.

Candice received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lydia M. Marshall

Lydia Micheaux Marshall is a corporate director who serves on the boards of Nationwide Insurance, one of the nation’s largest insurance companies, and Nationwide Mutual Funds/Variable Insurance Trust. Previously, she was the founder, chair of the Board and chief executive officer of Versura, a company that pioneered the electronic auctioning of student loan portfolios. Ms. Marshall also served as executive vice president for marketing at Sallie Mae and as vice president of Citicorp (now Citigroup). She is a past chair of the boards of CARE USA and CARE International, as well as a past chair of Washington Performing Arts.

Maria Otero

Maria Otero served most recently as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights in the administration of President Barack Obama. Born in LaPaz, Bolivia, she was the first Latina under secretary in State Department history. She also served as the President’s Special Representative for Tibetan issues. Prior to her service at the State Department, she spent more than 20 years – including 10 years as president and chief executive officer – at ACCION International, a pioneer and leader in microfinance and economic development, working in 25 countries around the world. She also served previously as the economist for Latin America for the Women in Development Office of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Otero previously chaired the board of Bread for the World and served on the board of the Calvert Foundation. She was appointed by President Clinton to chair the board of the Inter-American Foundation and to serve on the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace. She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the boards of the Kresge Foundation, Oxfam America, Herbalife, Bancosol Bolivia, and Development Alternatives.
Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa is CEO and President, Service Year Alliance. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. She is the author of three books, including “The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America.” Based on her previous experience as managing director, executive director and executive vice president of the Corporation for National and Community Service from 1993 to 1997, she led the transition team for that agency after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. She also served previously as deputy assistant to former President Bill Clinton and deputy chief of staff to former First Lady Hillary Clinton. She currently is a board member and executive committee member of the National Women’s Law Center.
Eric Washington

The Honorable Eric T. Washington currently serves as a Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals., after having served as Chief Judge of that court from 2005 to 2017. Prior to being designated as Chief Judge, he was an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and before that, he served as a trial judge on the D.C. Superior Court. A past President of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States, Judge Washington is also a nationally recognized leader on access to justice issues. Before his first judicial appointment, Judge Washington was a partner with the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) and he has also served as the Principal Deputy Corporation Counsel in the Office of Corporation Counsel (now the Office of the D.C. Attorney General). Judge Washington serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Foundation and the National Courts and Science Institute. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and on several committees of the D.C. Bar.

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