Board of Directors

Chair: Cliff Sloan

Cliff Sloan is a partner with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in litigation and appeals, including criminal law and constitutional issues.  He has argued seven cases in the United States Supreme Court.  His previous government experience includes service as Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure at the U.S. Department of State for President Barack Obama; Associate Counsel to the President for 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.  He also has served as Publisher of Slate Magazine and General Counsel of The Washington Post Company’s online subsidiary. He has been honored with the Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights; the Light of Justice Award from the Texas Defender Service; and the Catalyst Award for Legal Advocate of the Year by The Arc.  Mr. Sloan is the co-author of The Great Decision, a book about the historic Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison.
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 Friends of the Boundary Waters, 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 managing director and president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, whose mission was to promote excellence and innovation in education and entrepreneurship worldwide. She also served as counsel and Program Officer for Public Affair at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she directed legal affairs and led philanthropic initiatives in education and public policy. Bell-Rose is a trustee of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and the Council on Foundations, and is on the Board of Overseers of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. She is a member of The Gates Scholarship Advisory Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Executive Leadership Council, and the Women’s Forum of New York City. 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 that works with leaders at all levels to expand opportunity and equity throughout the American South.  MDC’s core strategies focus on increasing postsecondary attainment, addressing stalled economic mobility, strengthening family economic security, and expanding the ranks of catalytic philanthropy across the region.

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, Made in Durham, Dwight Hall at Yale, the BIN Foundation, and UNC School of Public Health Foundation.

Christopher Graham

Christopher Graham is the Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Investment Officer at Nationwide Asset Management. The Investment Strategies team has responsibility for manager selection, asset allocation and product management for Nationwide’s Mutual Funds. He joined Nationwide Asset Management in 2004.

Chris has previous experience in many aspects of financial services. After working as an investment banking analyst for Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York, Chris took an investment banking position with Gold Coast Securities in Accra, Ghana. He also has private equity and mergers and acquisitions experience working for Borden Capital Management Partners and spent time as an advisor at Salomon Smith Barney. Chris is a Robert A. Toigo fellow, served on Nationwide’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, led the United Way campaign for Nationwide’s Finance organization, and serves on the board at the Columbus School for Girls. In 2016, Chris received the Institutional Investors award for Excellence in Absolute Return, Insurance. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Hampton University in Virginia and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Gumersindo Oliveros

Sindo Oliveros is the CEO and CIO of the financial endowment for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), an international graduate-level research university in Saudi Arabia, which started operations in 2009.

Prior to KAUST, Mr. Oliveros managed the World Bank’s Pension Plan, Medical Plan and Endowments, and was a member of the senior Treasury team that had oversight responsibility over more than $100 billion USD of World Bank and external clients’ assets. He advised Central Banks, foreign pension plans and Sovereign Wealth Funds on strategic asset allocation and multi-asset management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Oliveros headed the World Bank’s Capital Markets and Financial Engineering Department, worked at the International Monetary Fund on adjustment programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa, was Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and a consultant for Chemie Linz AG in Austria.

Mr. Oliveros, a Spanish national, is a graduate from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and holds a PhD and M.A. in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He holds literature diplomas from the Université de Toulouse in France and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität/München in Germany, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He currently serves on several boards, most notably the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee, The United Nations Pension Plan Investment Committee, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales Advisory Board, and the Alternative Investment Management Association Investment Steering Committee.

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 La Paz, 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 a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves as a trustee on the boards of the Kresge Foundation, Herbalife, BancoSol (Bolivia), Development Alternatives, Inc., the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Oxfam America.

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.
Kim Taylor-Thompson

Kim Taylor-Thompson is a Professor of Clinical Law at New York University, where she teaches courses related to criminal law and community and criminal defense. Her teaching and scholarship focus on the impact of race and gender in public policy—particularly criminal and juvenile justice policy—and the need to prepare lawyers to meet the demands of practice in, and on behalf of, subordinated communities. 

Taylor-Thompson has recently returned to NYU from a leave, having served for three years as the chief executive officer of Duke Corporate Education, ranked by Financial Times as the #1 global provider of customized executive education. She worked with Fortune 500 companies and governments and taught in numerous programs focusing on translating and executing strategy and leading in complex environments.

Prior to joining NYU School of Law, Taylor-Thompson was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford, where she received the John Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before academia, Taylor-Thompson spent a decade at the D.C. Public Defender Service, ultimately serving as its director. She is a frequent moderator of Socratic dialogues. Taylor-Thompson received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Brown University.

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. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Courts and Science Institute, the National Center for State Courts and on several committees of the D.C. Bar.

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