Grant Oliphant is president of The Heinz Endowments. He rejoined the foundation in June 2014, after serving as president and chief executive officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation for six years. For nearly two decades, Oliphant held several senior management posts with Heinz family foundations, including vice president for programs and planning at the Endowments, before taking over the helm at The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2008. He also served as press secretary to the late U.S. Sen. John Heinz from 1988 until the senator’s death in 1991.
Grant was The Pittsburgh Foundation’s fourth head in its 66-year history and led a major transformation in the organization’s engagement of key constituents, its efficient stewardship of its assets, and the development of ground-breaking initiatives to enhance services for donors and maximize grant-making impact in the regional community.
This included the launch of The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program for the students in city’s district and charter schools, and the development of PittsburghGives, an online giving and research portal that has raised $13.5 million in two years for local nonprofits with special Day of Giving events. Both of these programs have become national models for similar initiatives by other community foundations and fundraising organizations across the U.S.
In 2009, The Pittsburgh Foundation achieved a landmark in its history under Grant’s leadership with the formation of the Legacy Fund, creating for the first time the vehicle for the foundation to invest its own assets. Until that time, the foundation had delegated its asset management to outside organizations.
In less than four years after Grant’s appointment, The Pittsburgh Foundation and its supporting organizations had received new funds, gifts to existing funds and other charitable donations of more than $150 million. During his tenure, the number of funds grew by nearly 50 percent, and foundation had more than 1,600 donor funds and assets of more than $820 million. Strategic development also included the realignment of the The Pittsburgh Foundation’s grant making and the merger with the Foundation by the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County in 2010.
Grant frequently leads community conversations around critical issues such as public school reform, civic design, the ongoing sustainability of anchor institutions, domestic violence, riverfront development and various socioeconomic concerns. He has taken a prominent role in building advocacy programs to support the work of local nonprofits and the families and individuals they serve. He serves extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Grant is immediate past board chairman of Riverlife, which is working to transform Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, as well as a board member of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which oversees the city’s celebrated Cultural District, The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Pittsburgh Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
In addition, Grant has served on the boards of Grantmakers Evaluation Network, Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, and the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance, and as board chairman of the Communications Network, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes strategic use of communications as part of effective philanthropy.
Grant originally joined The Heinz Endowments in 1993 as director of communications for the foundation, the Heinz Family Philanthropies and Endowments Chairman Teresa Heinz. After holding several senior positions, he became vice president of programs and planning and was responsible for managing the Endowments’ $70-plus million annual grant-making portfolio. He also led special task forces promoting civic design, school reform and stronger links between environmental stewardship and economic development. He was responsible for strategic planning and led the organization’s board and staff through a major review and refocus of its strategic orientation and grant-making priorities. As a corporate officer, he served on the Endowments’ Investment and Budget committees, which guided management of the foundation’s assets and expenditures.
Prior to his service as press secretary for Sen. Heinz, Grant was founding editor of American Politics, a monthly political magazine. Grant received a Master of Science degree in organizational development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College. He lectures frequently on communications, leadership and organizational dynamics.
Paul Beaudet is Executive Director of Wilburforce Foundation, which assures that native wildlife thrive throughout networks of connected lands and waters in Western North America. Paul leads the foundation’s program teams that invest in science, conservation policy, and community engagement. He also manages the foundation’s capacity building program, investing in grantee organizations and leaders to better plan, manage and sustain their work.
Paul originally joined Wilburforce in 1999 as Program Officer for Evaluation, and was promoted to Associate Director in 2002. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of the Pride Foundation, strengthening the LGBT community in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations in fundraising and programmatic roles, including the League of Conservation Voters, the Music Center of Los Angeles, Pacific Science Center, and the University of Washington.
Paul earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University in 1996, and later served on the program’s Visiting Committee and as adjunct faculty. He also recently completed seven years as Chair of the Program Strategies Committee and Vice Chair of the Board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
He, his husband, and a beloved mutt split their time between Seattle and Guemes Island.
Phil Buchanan, President of CEP, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on foundation effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voice of grantees and other stakeholders into the foundation boardroom and with contributing to an increased emphasis on clear goals, coherent strategies, disciplined implementation, and relevant performance indicators as the necessary ingredients to maximize foundation effectiveness and impact.
Phil is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators accelerate improvements in their K–12 schools and classrooms. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and received his undergraduate degree in Government from Wesleyan University. He has been recognized four times as among the Nonprofit Times “Power & Influence Top 50” – most recently in 2015. Phil was born in Toronto, grew up in Oregon, and currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
Tiffany is the Chief Executive Officer of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life). Tiffany started her career at BELL in 1998 and has served in a variety of Roles, including Program Manager, Director of Evaluation, and Chief Operating Officer of Field Operations. During her tenure at BELL, Tiffany has been a driving force in creating a data-driven culture of continual improvement at BELL. Tiffany became CEO in 2008, and through her leadership, BELL has grown to annually serve more than 12,000 students in schools across six states. BELL’s expanded learning programs, partnership model, and evaluation methods have become nationally recognized as best practices in expanded learning programs. BELL’s rigorous evidence has informed local and federal policy efforts aimed at increasing the role of expanded learning programs for at-risk students.
Tiffany is a recipient of Boston College’s Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award and served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. She was recognized byThe Network Journal and by The Boston Business Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” achiever, and won the “Be the Change Award” from the Massachusetts Conference for Women.
She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Measurement, both from Boston College.
Crystal Hayling is the managing director for the Environment Leaders Fellowship and senior advisor to the Aspen Philanthropy and Society Program. She joins the Aspen Institute after six years in Asia, where she advised families and foundations on strategic philanthropy to tackle the region’s most pressing social challenges. Prior to her work in Asia, Crystal was CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation. At BSCF she directed over $100M in strategic grants focused on universal healthcare, technology efficacy and how social media can change individual behavior for good. She also created Clinic Leadership Institute to turn top talent into robust senior managers at community health clinics. Along with a focus on leadership, Crystal has experience scaling high-impact programs. She led the team that created the first on-line Medi-Cal application which reduced approval time from months to days and she was part of the start-up teams that launched three $1 billion foundations: the California Wellness Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, and the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Crystal has served on national and international boards and is currently on the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She has won numerous awards and for three years running was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Crystal is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dick Ober leads the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the largest private provider of nonprofit grants and student aid in northern New England. The Foundation manages $600 million in charitable funds donated by hundreds of families and individuals, and awards some 5,000 grants and scholarships exceeding $30 million annually.
Dick has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and civic affairs. Before coming to the Foundation he held senior staff positions at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Monadnock Conservancy. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and public commissions, including several Gubernatorial appointments.
Dick has written and lectured widely on community philanthropy, civic life, and the connections between people and the places they live. His work has been published in books, book chapters, magazines, and journals. He has been recognized with awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of New Hampshire, and Plymouth State University, and has repeatedly been named as one of the state’s most influential people by Business New Hampshire magazine.
Dick lives with his wife and daughter in Dublin, New Hampshire.
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 postsecondary education, transitions from high school, and intergenerational change.
Her projects included the Next American University project of the New America Foundation and leadership of The Generations Initiative, a project funded by national foundations to develop effective responses to the challenges and opportunities of the dramatic demographic shifts occurring in the U.S.
From 2006-2012, she served as Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the foundation’s postsecondary education initiative as well as one-time opportunities to respond to unique challenges and unanticipated events in the United States.
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. In her twenty-two years as President and CEO of JFF, Pennington helped the organization become one of the most influential in the country on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements. 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.
Christy Pichel serves as an advisor to several education and non-profit organizations. She retired as President of the Stuart Foundation in 2014, after working in the field of philanthropy for over twenty years. At the Stuart Foundation she worked closely with the Stuart family and led the restructuring and integration of the Foundation’s programs, supported the engagement in multiple collaborations and initiatives, and oversaw the investment of more than $200 million to improve public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington.
Prior to joining the Stuart Foundation, she held senior management positions at the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the CS Fund. Earlier she served in management of small business start-ups and non-profit organizations. Christy was the director and a board member of the Farallones Institute, an early pioneer in renewable energy resources and sustainable agriculture. As a founder and executive director of a non-profit K-12 school in Northern California, Christy oversaw the growth of the school and its establishment on its permanent site, including a land trust and bio-dynamic farm and garden.
She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the Conservation Corp North Bay, and West County Community Services, and on the Advisory Boards of Policy Analysis for California Education, Dovetail Learning, and Veterans Path. She has served on various other nonprofit boards, including Northern California Grantmakers, Global Student Embassy and on the President’s Roundtable of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Christy received an M.B.A. in International Business from Dominican University and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nadya K. Shmavonian is Director at Nonprofit Repositioning Fund. She recently served as president of Public/Private Ventures, a national nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the effectiveness of social programs, particularly those that aim to help young people from high-poverty communities successfully transition to adulthood. Prior to Public/Private Ventures, she served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation. In that role, Nadya helped oversee a dramatic reframing of the Foundation’s programmatic and operating approach, readying Rockefeller to meet the new challenges of the twenty-first century.
Before joining the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation, Nadya worked for seven years as a consultant, providing strategic direction and counsel to foundations and nonprofit organizations. She has had extensive foundation management experience, including 12 years at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she worked as executive vice president, following several years as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services.
Among her consulting services, Nadya has provided strategic advice and coaching to CEOs of large, private foundations. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards over the past 20 years, including her current role as one of the first non-family board members of the Surdna Foundation.
Nadya holds a BA from the University of Chicago and a Master in Business Administration degree in health care management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vince Stehle is the executive director of Media Impact Funders, a resource for grantmakers who fund media content, infrastructure, and policy, those who employ media to further their program goals. It also serves as a collaborative network for funders who wish to learn more about media. Prior to joining Media Impact Funders in 2011, Vince was the Program Director for the Nonprofit Sector Support Program at the Surdna Foundation for more than a decade. Prior to working at Surdna, Vince covered fundraising and nonprofit management issues as a reporter for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Vince has served as Chairperson of Philanthropy New York (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers) and on the governing boards of VolunteerMatch and the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN).
Fay Twersky is Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In that capacity, she oversees five functions including cross-foundation strategy support, evaluation and organization learning as well as grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Twersky spent the prior year working in Jerusalem, advising Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation) on issues of strategy, organization and measurement.
Twersky served for four years as a Director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing their Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.
Twersky has authored numerous articles and reports, contributing to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Alliance Magazine. Most recently she was principal author of Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries, Measurement and Evaluation in Israel’s Third Sector and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. Twersky is currently a member of the board of directors for the UBS Optimus Foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in Rhetoric and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lynn Perry Wooten is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In her role as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Ross School of Business, she is responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross undergraduate students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, and leadership development. Prior to this role, she was the Co-Director of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the Ross School of Business.
Lynn’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has also written a book on crisis leadership, Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many organizations including Whirlpool, Google, General Motors, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Executive Leadership Institute, Trinity Health, Michigan Department of State, and General Dynamics. Also, Lynn is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations.
Lynn is an alumna of the University of Michigan (PhD). She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lynn Wooten is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.