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SOF Digital Discussion: Addressing Immediate Need, Catalyzing Enduring Change: The Important Role of Philanthropy Amid Crisis

The philanthropic sector has mobilized quickly to respond to the immediate needs created by the Coronavirus pandemic including combatting food insecurity, supporting frontline health workers, and investing in local direct-service nonprofits and charities. The pandemic has also exposed gaps and inequities in America’s safety net and how our society supports the most vulnerable. Please join Annie E. Casey Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Lisa Hamilton for a conversation with Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation Executive Director Jane Wales on May 12 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EDT about the ways in which philanthropy can contribute to broader systems change that reduces inequalities in the delivery of social services and creates opportunities for individuals to work, take care of their children, and contribute to their community.

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Lisa Hamilton is the president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to building a brighter future for children, families and communities in the United States.
Prior to becoming president and CEO, Hamilton was the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief program officer, overseeing investments to promote community change, economic opportunity for families and public system reform. She also guided efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the take-up of effective strategies. Hamilton previously served as vice president of external affairs, leading Casey’s efforts to provide data, analysis, research and policy solutions to help all children realize their potential.
Before joining the Foundation, Hamilton worked at UPS for 14 years in various roles, including president of the UPS Foundation and vice president of corporate public relations.
Hamilton serves on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore’s Promise, East Baltimore Development Inc., Living Cities and StriveTogether. She is president of the board of Casebook PBC. An Atlanta native, she earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Jane Wales is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of its Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI). She is the founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum and its regional affiliates, and the former host of the nationally syndicated National Public Radio interview show WorldAffairs.

Previously, Ms. Wales served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council. She simultaneously served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where her office was responsible both for advancing sustainable economic development, through science and technology cooperation, and for developing policy for securing advanced weapons materials in the former Soviet Union. In the Carter Administration, Wales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of state.

In the philanthropic sector, Ms. Wales chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and she directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. From 2007 to 2008, she served as acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and founded by Nelson Mandela. In 2008, Wales also chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative. Ms. Wales is a member of the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security and OpenCorporates, and is Chair of the Board of FSG.

Event information
Tue May 12, 2020
Digital Discussion