Can Foundations Engineer a Field?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Hilary Penington Event Photo


Hilary Pennington
Vice President, Education, Free Expression and Creativity
Ford Foundation


Rhodes Conference Room
Sanford Building
201 Science Drive

About the Speaker:

Hilary Pennington serves as Vice President, Education, Free Expression and Creativity at the Ford Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she worked as an independent consultant on postsecondarHilary Penington Photoy education, transitions from high school, and intergenerational change.  

From 2006-2012, she served as Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Gates foundation, Pennington served as a Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress and as President and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a research and policy development organization she co-founded. She also served on President Clinton's transition team and as co-chair of President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology.

Pennington is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale College. She holds a graduate degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School.  She was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2000. 

About the Lecture:
The Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) is a seminar series hosted by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations.


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