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News about Former Foundation Staff: 12/2018


Roland V. Anglin has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Political Science (NAPA), an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization chartered by the United States Congress to help “government leaders solve their most critical management challenges”.
NAPA “evaluates the structure, administration and operation of government agencies, identifying significant problems and suggesting timely corrective action. Though it works primarily in the United States, the academy’s reach extends to governance challenges around the world”.
Election to the academy is considered “one of the highest honors for those engaged in the study or practice of public administration”. Fellows include former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators as well as prominent scholars, business executives and public administrators. 
Among the issues they deal with are performance measurements in government, attracting and retaining top talent, and using technology to improve public sector effectiveness. 
“I am honored to be a part of an organization that has been at the forefront of modernizing government practice and enhancing democratic participation in governance,” Anglin said of his election. “At the same time, I am humbled by the high caliber of colleagues on the professional staff and the roster of fellows.” 
Anglin is the dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and worked at the Ford Foundation from 1991 to 1999 in the Community and Resource Development and Urban Poverty programs. 
Prior to going to Cleveland State, he was senior advisor to the chancellor and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Rutgers University campus in Newark, N.J. 
Earlier in his career he was founding executive director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation at the Edward J. Blaustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University, and senior vice president of the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, a master’s from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago, all in political science.
As the city of New Orleans celebrates its tricentennial, Linetta Gilbert is one of 300 residents cited for having “made New Orleans New Orleans”.
The city’s newspaper, The Times-Picayune, created a project it calls “300 for 300” and commissioned a portrait of each person chosen. Gilbert, noted the paper, “is re-writing the rules of philanthropy, showing us that it isn’t restricted to people with fat checkbooks who donate to already-flush organizations”.
Instead, says the paper, she “has worked to strengthen community-based philanthropic organizations, such as the Greater New Orleans Foundation, to build community strength and enhance the overall quality of life. 
“In addition to getting money to organizations that need it, Gilbert also works to strengthen the boards that run these enterprises, to enhance the diversity of board membership and to make New Orleans a better, stronger and more resilient city.”
Gilbert has achieved such renown as founder and managing partner of Gilbert & Associates, a New Orleans-based firm that shows companies nationwide how to achieve their goals. She was also a founding board member of the Foundation for Louisiana, a statewide charity designed to build stronger communities; of Agenda for Children; and of the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
While at the Ford Foundation, from 2001 to 2010, she was the senior program officer in the Social Justice Philanthropy program, where she oversaw the investment and monitoring of some $1 billion in Ford resources to transform and strengthen community-based philanthropic organizations throughout the world.
She created her consulting firm after leaving Ford, using it to “design and facilitate strategic planning and retreats, and to provide coaching for non-profit and government executives to enhance community leadership and philanthropic investment in community development in the 21st century”.
The newspaper noted, in writing of her selection, that “She talked about how philanthropy is re-tooling, that issues around social justice are again up for conversation and that we have more assets and resources than in the past.
“She told us to always look at an issue from the standpoint of the local level, stretch yourself, recognize that our jobs are to be talent scouts and to err on the side of the person who has a good idea.”



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