Thanks for joining us in Philadelphia!
Welcome to the 2013 National Talent Dividend Network Convening. Special thanks for
taking the time to share smart ideas, practices, and stories, ask provocative questions,
challenge conventional wisdom, and, most of all, for mobilizing and accelerating local and
regional action on the Talent Dividend.
With the generous support of the Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation for
Education, our $1 million Talent Dividend Prize has 57 cities and metropolitan regions
competing to see which city and region can best improve their college attainment rates
over a three-year period. Designed as an effort to increase education attainment in our
nation’s cities, the Prize will be awarded to the metropolitan area that exhibits the greatest
increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per capita through 2013. Over
the next two days, we will learn from each other and address emerging trends and smart
practices that will help cities increase their college attainment rates in the short-term and
CEOs for Cities’ research indicates 58 percent of a city’s success, as measured by per capita
income, can be attributed to the percentage of the adult population with a college degree.
We see the power of the Prize as an opportunity for cities and their metropolitan regions to
place talent development as a priority on the civic agenda in order to strengthen local
economies and cumulatively create a more competitive nation.
Thanks again for joining us and for being a leader in the more-important-than ever
movement to increase education attainment. Achieving the Talent Dividend would not be
possible without the cross-sector leadership, participation, and willingness to share and
learn across cities.
President & CEO
CEOs for Cities
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Sunday, April 7th
(Philly Visitors Center)
6:00 PM OPENING RECEPTION (Fair View Ballroom)
Monday, April 8th
8:00 AM REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
9:00 AM WELCOME (Lincoln Financial Event Studio)
Lee Fisher, President & CEO, CEOs for Cities
William Moses, Program Director-Education, Kresge Foundation
Jim Applegate, Vice President for Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation
Robert Wonderling, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
9:15 AM SETTING THE STAGE: 2013 TALENT DIVIDEND INITIATIVE REPORT
Since CEOs for Cities, The Kresge Foundation, and Lumina Foundation announced
the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize, 57 cities are actively engaged in college attainment
initiatives. Hear a brief progress report from the National Director of the Talent Dividend.
Noël Harmon, Chief Program Officer and National Director of the Talent Dividend, CEOs for Cities
9:30 AM BUILDING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BUSINESS
AND HIGHER EDUCATION
The Talent Dividend is a unique college completion initiative and was in some ways really ahead of its’ time by
mandating cross-sector partnerships be the building blocks of a city’s Talent Dividend. We recognize however that
building strong and lasting partnerships takes time and care. This panel will explore the challenges and successes in
building strong collaborations between the business and higher education community in the tri-state area
(Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware).
Robert Wonderling [Moderator], President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Wendell Pritchett, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden
Patrick Harker, President, University of Delaware
Larry Clark, Vice President, Talent Development & Management, Comcast
Daniel Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of PA, NJ, DE, NY, Citizens Bank
11:00 AM BREAK (Entry Portal)
11:15 AM KEYNOTE: MOBILIZING TO REACH GOAL 2025
Vice President for Strategic Impact at the Lumina Foundation, Jim Applegate will discuss the urgent need to address
Century Student needs in the effort to meet college completion goals. He will also provide a brief overview of
Lumina’s new strategic plan and their focus on working side by side with employers, metro areas and regions to
encourage broader adoption of Goal 2025, create and strengthen the collaborative partnerships needed to increase
attainment and more closely align postsecondary education with workforce and civic needs.
Jim Applegate, Vice President for Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation
12:15 PM LUNCH BUFFET (Entry Portal)
12:30 PM MESSAGE FROM UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will share a special message taped especially for the 2013 Talent Dividend
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12:45 PM WHAT DOES THE DATA SAY? UNDERSTANDING YOUR CITY’S TALENT DIVIDEND
The Talent Dividend’s Rock Star of Data Joe Cortright returns to discuss the provisional baseline reports and
demographic reports issued in the fall of 2012, as well as discuss and unveil the first year progress reports for the
competing Talent Dividend Cities.
Joe Cortright, President, Impresa, Inc.
1:45 PM IDEA FLASH: GEOSPATIAL MAPPING
Geospatial Mapping and City Success: Building Bridges And Finding Lost Treasure. Trust and human capital are
essential elements in developing urban prosperity. This presentation focuses on how geospatial maps can be used to
build trust among communities, support public engagement, and reduce the educational challenges that keep too
many children and youth from developing their full potential. Attendees will leave this presentation with tools and
examples they can use in their communities to build collaboration and improve the development of local human
Peter Winograd, Director, Center for Education Policy Research
2:15 PM WORKSHOP SESSION I
I. USING DATA TO DRIVE YOUR CITY’S TALENT DIVIDEND (Lincoln Financial Event
This session provides the opportunity for cities to discuss how they are using data to drive their local Talent
Dividend efforts. Participants will hear how cities have constructed dashboards, data sharing agreements, and
other unique collaborations to ensure that data is at the heart of the work in which they are engaged. This is an
interactive session and it is our hope everyone will share their successes and challenges in navigating how data is
collected, used and shared in their Talent Dividend efforts.
• Dr. Kate Shaw [Moderator], Executive Director, Research for Action
• Shawn Brown, Associate Director, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
• Michael Longaro, College and Credential Completion Network Manager, Office of the State
Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Government of the District of Columbia
• Jill Gurvey, Director of Research, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning.
• Mary Gwen Wheeler, Executive Director, 55,000 Degrees
II. EFFECTIVELY SHARING YOUR TALENT DIVIDEND STORY (Radio & TV Production)
This is an opportunity for competing cities to discuss how best to share out their Talent Dividend initiative and
progress made since the beginning of the project. Panelists will share their expertise regarding content, as well
as how to package a compelling story. They will also discuss the role of social media and how that too can be
leveraged to share both large and small Talent Dividend “wins”.
• Brian Boyle [Moderator], President & CEO, Issue Media Group
• Jason Russell, Project Director, The Civic Commons
• Paul Fain, Reporter, Inside Higher Education
• Diana Lind, President and CEO, Next City
3:30 PM SNACK BREAK
3:45 PM WORKSHOP SESSION II
I. SUPPORTING 21ST
CENTURY STUDENTS: FIRST-GENERATION, LOW-INCOME,
MINORITY, AND ADULT STUDENTS (Lincoln Financial Event Studio)
This is an important opportunity for competing Talent Dividend cities to discuss the need to support first-
generation, low-income, minority, and adult students as think about post-secondary success.
This panel will focus on critical issues to student success to and through college.
• Deborah Santiago [Moderator], Vice President of Policy and Research, Excelencia
• Wendell Hall, Deputy Director, Institute for Higher Education Policy
• Hadass Sheffer, President, The Graduate!, Network, Inc. (Philadelphia)
• Pauline Abernathy, The Institute on College Access (TICAS) Project on Student Debt
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II. DEVELOPING CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
(Radio & TV Production)
• Deborah Diamond [Moderator], President, Campus Philly
• Matthew Bergheiser, the CEO of University City District (UCD)
• Kathy Zandona, VP of Education at Greater Louisville Inc.
• Peter Franks, Director, Drexel Co-Op Program
5:00 PM PHILADELPHIA BLOCK PARTY (Entry Portal)
Please join us for a networking opportunity the “Philadelphia way” where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from
your peers about what’s working, challenges they’ve had to overcome, and how their practice may help your city
achieve higher attainment.
William Marrazzo, President WHYY, Inc.
Office Hours with Joe Cortright
Tuesday, April 9th
8:00 AM NETWORKING BREAKFAST (Lincoln Financial Event Studio)
Announcements: Catherine Bittar
9:00 AM KEYNOTE: MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER
Jill Michal [Introduction], CEO, United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Michael Nutter, Mayor Philadelphia
Lorri Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Office of the Mayor
Q&A Moderated by Lee Fisher
9:45 AM NETWORKING BREAK
10:00 AM PANEL: SUSTAINING & CONNECTING CROSS SECTOR
This panel provides the opportunity for competing Talent Dividend cities to learn about other important initiatives
taking place nationally that may connect to their work locally or even statewide. One of the most frustrating
experiences for cities is when they feel they are duplicating efforts. Panelists will share best/promising practices and
lessons learned from their work focused on sustaining and connecting cross-sector partnerships and also talk about
how your initiatives may align with the Talent Dividend work occurring within cities.
Greg Darnieder [Moderator], Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education, College Access
Karen Elzey, Director, Skills for America’s Future, Aspen Institute
Andrew Moore, Senior Fellow, National League of Cities
Colin Groth, Associate Director, Strategic Assistance & Site Engagement, STRIVE
Lili Allen, Jobs for the Future
11:15 AM 2014 TALENT DIVIDEND MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
11:30 AM CLOSING REMARKS
Noël Harmon and Lee Fisher
12:00 PM LUNCH ON THE GO (Outside WHYY)
Jose Garces Guapos Taco Truck
*All conference meals catered by Iron Chef Jose Garces.
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Project on Student Debt, The Institute on College Access
Pauline Abernathy oversees national policy and advocacy strategy for TICAS. She previously served as
Senior Advisor to Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and as Deputy Director of Health and Human
Services Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she initiated, designed and managed national initiatives
related to student debt, retirement savings, child welfare, and public health policies. Prior to joining Pew, she
served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House National Economic
Council and Domestic Policy Council. She also worked in the U.S. Senate and at the Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities. Pauline has a BA from Yale University and a MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of
Jobs for the Future
Lili Allen, Director of Back on Track Designs, leads Jobs for the Future’s work with cities that are building
portfolios of quality pathways to college-ready graduation and postsecondary success for struggling students
and out-of-school youth. She provides strategic consultation to communities as diverse as Chicago, Denver,
New York City, and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, Texas in developing schools and programs for off-track and out-
of-school youth characterized by rigorous instruction, accelerated learning, and strong student supports,
with clear pathways into postsecondary education. Ms. Allen also directs JFF product and tool development
addressing effective strategies to re-engage and support these populations. Her publications include: “Back
on Track to College: A Texas School District Leverages State Policy to Put Dropouts on the Path to Success”
(with Rebecca Wolfe); “Mobilizing a Cross-Sector Collaborative for Systemic Change: Lessons from Project
U-Turn;” and “Bringing Off-Track Youth into the Center of High School Reform: Lessons and Tools from
Leading Communities.” Ms. Allen holds a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.
Vice President for Strategic Impact, Lumina Foundation
Applegate leads development of the foundation’s funding programs supporting achievement of “Goal 2025”
to dramatically increase educational attainment in the United States, especially for low-income, first-
generation, minority, and adult students. Prior to coming to Lumina in 2008, he served as senior fellow and
vice president for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. As a consultant, he
has conducted more than 250 seminars and workshops for corporate, academic, and government
organizations to improve communication policies and practices.
CEO, University City District
Matt Bergheiser joined UCD as Executive Director in 2009. In his previous work as Philadelphia Regional
Director of the Knight Foundation, he gave away money for a living. As a result - in stark contrast to his time
at UCD – everyone treated him nicely and laughed at all his jokes. He is a trustee of Community College of
Philadelphia, and a member of the Mayor’s Council on College and Career Success. Matt also ran downtown
Trenton’s business improvement district for five years, and served as Executive Vice President of The
Enterprise Center, an accelerator for inner-city entrepreneurship. He believes passionately in cities and in
creating opportunities for people and places to thrive. Matt holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an
MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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President and CEO, Issue Media Group
Prior to founding Issue Media Group, Brian directed e-Business Solutions for Infinity Broadcasting (Viacom),
where he created "small" media within a radio giant. The e-Business Solutions team managed the sales,
marketing, and creation of 11 online publications targeting niche audiences for technology, automotive,
human resources, alternative energy, small business and real estate. In consecutive years, Infinity recognized
Brian as a Newcomer of the Year and New Business Leader of the Year for its seven Detroit stations.
Prior to joining Viacom, Brian was Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Development for Drillbit, a
publishing consultant specializing in niche online content models. The Drillbit approach and content
management solution were instrumental in assisting national "alternative weekly" publications to leverage
online content to grow new audiences and revenues. Drillbit created the award-winning
www.metrotimes.com site. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.
Associate Director, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education
Vice President, Talent Development & Management, Comcast
Larry Clark is the Vice President of the Talent & Professional Development College within Comcast
University, which is responsible for the development of leaders at all levels in Comcast Cable. Larry brings
twenty-five years of experience in the fields of learning & development, talent management, organizational
development and management consulting to his role in CU.
Prior to joining Comcast in February 2012, Larry spent twelve years with Microsoft, where he played various
roles in advancing learning, leadership development and talent management for the Microsoft global field
organization. His most recent roles there included creating the talent management function for Microsoft’s
Public Sector services business, and leading the Global Curriculum Development team for Microsoft’s field
readiness group. In that role, Larry led the design and development of all field training curricula,
implementing a new learning strategy and content development approach for all professional, product and
technical training for Microsoft’s field organization worldwide.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Larry served as the Vice President of Organizational Development for Xerox
Global Services. In this role at Xerox, he spearheaded the creation of the Organizational Development
function, and was accountable for learning & development, knowledge management, talent acquisition,
performance management systems and strategic alliances for the division.
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President, Impresa, Inc.
Joe Cortright is President of Impresa, Inc., and is Senior Research Advisor for CEOs for Cities. Previously, he
served as the Executive Officer of the Oregon Legislature's Joint Committee on Trade and Economic
Development. Joe is the author of numerous studies of urban economies, including City Advantage and City
Success, both published by CEOs for Cities, and The Young and Restless, documenting the migration of
talented workers among metropolitan areas, and national industry cluster studies of high technology and
biotechnology. Joe's research is responsible for much of the data that underpins the Talent Dividend
initiative, including the dividend itself: that a 1% in college degree holders could mean an increase of $763 in
per capita income. Joe is currently Chair of the Oregon Governor's Council of Economic Advisors, has served
on the editorial board of Economic Development Quarterly, and is co-founder and editor of EconData.Net,
the web's leading guide to regional economic data.
Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education, College Access
Greg began his career in education as a middle grades teacher in St. Louis and Riverdale MD. He has a BA in
Sociology, a K-8 teaching certificate from St. Louis University and a MA in Christian Education from
Wheaton College. He worked for 15 years as the executive director of youth development and college access
organizations in Chicago’s Cabrini Green Housing Development. Beginning in 1993, he oversaw the Steans
Family Foundation’s community focused philanthropic efforts in Chicago’s North Lawndale community
including early childhood, education, organizational development and affordable housing. He has served in
leadership roles for several foundations and on over twenty non-profit organization boards.
In 2003 Greg established the Department of Postsecondary Education and Student Development (DPSESD)
at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), designing and implementing an assortment of postsecondary, academic,
financial, and social support programs and building university, corporate and civic partnerships to enhance
college access. In 2008 he was named the director of the Department of College and Career Preparation
(DCCP) for CPS, a newly formed department that consists of the DPSESD and the Department of Career and
In 2008 he was named Executive of the Year for the City of Chicago, in 2012 the National Forum to
Accelerate Middle Grades Reform presented him with the Middle Grades Education Leadership Award, the
National Association of College Admissions Counseling presented him with their Excellence in Education
Award and the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy presented him with their National Advocacy
In 2009, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, named Greg Senior Advisor to the Secretary on the College
Access Initiative at the U.S. Department of Education, where he currently serves as a leading voice on the
President’s 2020 Goal.
Deborah Diamond, Ph.D.
President, Campus Philly
Deborah Diamond was recently named President of Campus Philly, beginning her leadership of the regional
non-profit in October 2010. Campus Philly, the organization whose mission is to attract, engage and retain
college students, works with 27 regional colleges and universities, the city of Philadelphia and corporations
and foundations to fuel economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in
the Greater Philadelphia region.
Deborah has built a career in research and strategy with a focus on economic, civic and cultural
development. Beginning in 1997, Deborah joined The Melior Group, a research and consulting firm in
Philadelphia, leaving there in 2003 as Vice President. She joined the Greater Philadelphia Tourism
Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) in 2003 to found their research department. While at GPTMC, Deborah
integrated outcomes measurement, research and strategy into every facet of the organization, from making a
case for investing in tourism marketing (in a report that won the Odyssey Award from the U.S. Travel
Association) to directing the organization’s strategic planning process in 2007.
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At the beginning of 2009, Deborah began her own consulting practice, serving as a research and policy
consultant to regional civic and economic development groups including Campus Philly, Center City District,
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Select Greater
Philadelphia. She was invited to join the Fels Research and Consulting Group at the Fels Institute of
Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, an affiliation she still maintains.
Deborah’s early career began in academics. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in
Political Science and a Master’s degree and Ph.D., also in Political Science, from the University of
Chicago. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University and has taught at Bryn Mawr as
well. Within her field of political philosophy, Deborah’s academic work focused on liberal political theory.
United States Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the
U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama.
Before becoming secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public
Schools (CPS), a position he held from June 2001 through December 2008. In that time, he won praise for
uniting education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education
reform agenda that included opening more than 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer
learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access,
dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of
education initiatives. Duncan is credited with significantly raising student performance on national and
state tests, increasing graduation rates and the numbers of students taking Advanced Placement courses, and
boosting the total number of scholarships secured by CPS students to more than $150 million. Also during his
leadership of CPS, the district was recognized for its efforts to bring top teaching talent into the city's
classrooms, where the number of teachers applying for positions almost tripled.
Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools, from 1992 to 1998, Duncan ran the nonprofit education
foundation Ariel Education Initiative, which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children
under the I Have A Dream program. He was part of a team that later started a new public elementary school
built around a financial literacy curriculum, the Ariel Community Academy, which today ranks among the
top elementary schools in Chicago. From 1987 to 1991, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia,
where he also worked with children who were wards of the state.
Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, after majoring in sociology. He was
co-captain of Harvard's basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Director, Skills for America's Future, Aspen Institute
Karen Elzey is the director of Skills for America’s Future (SAF). The aim of SAF is to foster a national
network of partnerships among employers, labor unions, and community colleges, with a commitment to
scaling meaningful and measurable solutions. SAF also provides a national voice on the effectiveness of
public-private partnerships in a variety of areas: improving workforce skills, assessing industry-recognized
credentials, and gauging employment outcomes of American workers and students.
Elzey has more than 18 years of experience in the areas of workforce development, public-private
partnerships, and project management. Her previous experience includes serving as vice president of the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce, where she advanced policy positions and
promoted public-private partnerships to ensure that businesses remained competitive in a global economy.
Before joining the U.S. Chamber, Elzey coordinated public-private partnerships between K-12 school
districts and employers for a local economic development agency in Indiana, and taught English as a Second
Language in Poland.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Elzey has both a bachelor's and master's degree from Miami University (OH).
She has also completed the Executive Leadership Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of
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Reporter, Inside Higher Education
Paul Fain is a senior reporter with Inside Higher Ed, where he covers community colleges, for-profit
institutions and the adult student market. From 2004 to 2011, Fain was a senior reporter with The Chronicle
of Higher Education, where he wrote broadly about college leaders, finance and governance.
Fain is regularly asked to speak at conferences and events and has been widely cited in the news media.
Before joining The Chronicle, Fain reported for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va. He has
also written for The New York Times, Philadelphia City Paper, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones.
Fain has done two stints in public relations, most recently in the higher-education practice of Widmeyer
Communications. Fain’s writing has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Dick Schaap Excellence in
Sports Journalism Award and a 2006 second-place prize for beat reporting from the Education Writers
President and CEO, CEOs for Cities
Lee Fisher is the President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a global network of cross-sector urban
leaders dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. Lee is also
a Senior Fellow with the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Lee is former
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and in his career of public service has held the offices of Ohio Attorney
General, State Representative, and State Senator (not concurrently, of course). In his role as Lt.
Governor, serving with Governor Ted Strickland, Fisher also served as Director of the Ohio
Department of Development, Chair of the Economic Growth Council, and Chair of the Ohio Third
President and CEO of PA, NJ, DE, NY Citizens Bank
Director, Drexel Co-Op Program
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Associate Director, Strategic Assistance & Site Engagement, STRIVE
Colin Groth is the Associate Director for Strategic Assistance and Site Engagement at Strive, a national
initiative working to build the cradle to career civic infrastructure in communities to identify, sustain and
scale what works. The son of a public school librarian, Groth has always been passionate about the
improvement of educational outcomes for all young people. Before joining Strive, Groth served as the
Government Relations Director for Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority where he oversaw the
organization’s government affairs, served as liaison to elected officials and government bodies and developed
relationships with local business and civic groups to advance public transportation issues. Groth holds a B.A.
in Communications (Interactive Communications Processes) from The Ohio State University where he also
completed the Goodlinks Non-profit Management Internship program. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati
USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change leadership development program and the City of Cincinnati’s Citizen’s
Government Academy, an alumnus of 40 under Forty awards for both the Cincinnati Business Courier and
Mass Transit Magazine and an Eagle Scout (Troop 502).
Director of Research, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
Jill brings to OMG a broad range of public policy research experience. Before coming to OMG, Jill spent three
years at Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Princeton, N.J., where she
was a systems analyst for their health group. At MPR she worked on federally funded projects that examined
the cost-effectiveness of a variety of programs in Medicare and Medicaid, such as Medicaid Buy-In (MBI), as
well as Medicaid-financed nursing home stays and home and community based care funded by the Assistant
Secretary of Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her work at
MPR, she spent five years at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, in the Research
Programming Group. There she worked on a variety of projects in health, labor and population, and national
security. She has served as a consultant with research teams at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, and
was a long-time employee of the University of California at San Francisco in the Department of Pediatrics
and the Center for Health and Community.
Jill holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and has a Master’s degree in public health in
epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Deputy Director, Institute for Higher Education Policy
Wendell Hall, Ph.D., is the deputy director at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). He is a senior
member of the staff and plays an instrumental role in the overall management and development of IHEP's
research and policy analysis.
Prior to joining IHEP, Hall was the director of student success and research at the Association ofPublic and
Land-Grant Universities. He also was the director of policy research for the Advisory Committee on Student
Financial Assistance, an independent federal committee that advises Congress on student financial aid
policy. In addition, Hall has worked extensively on K-16 education issues in several capacities, some of which
included serving as a high school science teacher.
Hall earned his Ph.D. in education policy with a concentration in higher education from the University of
Maryland, College Park. He received his master's degree in secondary science education from The George
Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Hampton University. Hall has also
co-authored several articles and book chapters for higher education publications
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President, University of Delaware
Patrick T. Harker became the 26th president of the University of Delaware in July 2007. Concurrent with his
appointment as president, Dr. Harker is a professor of Business Administration in the Alfred Lerner College
of Business and Economics and a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in UD’s College of
Engineering. In May 2008, Dr. Harker unveiled a sweeping strategic plan, UD’s Path to Prominence,
predicated on excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education, environmental leadership,
global engagement and service to the community.
In February 2000, Dr. Harker was appointed dean of the Wharton School and Reliance Professor of
Management and Private Enterprise. He was a senior fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center
and held a secondary appointment as a professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Penn. Previously,
Dr. Harker was chair of Wharton’s Operations and Information Management Department.
Dr. Harker is a member of the board of directors of Pepco Holdings Inc. and Huntsman Corporation, and a
founding member of the board of advisors of Decision Lens Inc. He previously served as a trustee of the
Goldman Sachs Trust and Goldman Sachs Variable Insurance Trust.
Dr. Harker is a Class B director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and a member of the boards of
directors of the NCAA–Division I, Christiana Care Health Systems, First State Innovation, Catholic Relief
Services and Easter Seals of Delaware. He is a member of the Regional Leadership Initiative Steering
Committee at the Council on Competitiveness, a member of the CEO Council for Growth at the Greater
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of Howard University.
Dr. Harker received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Civil Engineering in 1981, an M.A. in Economics in 1983 and a
Ph.D. in Civil and Urban Engineering in 1983, all from the University of Pennsylvania.
When he was named UPS Transportation Professor of the Private Sector in 1991, Dr. Harker became the
youngest faculty member in Wharton’s history awarded an endowed professorship. Dr. Harker has published
or edited nine books and more than 100 professional articles. From 1996–99, he served as editor-in-chief of
the premier journal Operations Research.
President George H.W. Bush named Dr. Harker a White House Fellow in 1991, and he served from 1991–92 as
a special assistant to FBI Director William S. Sessions. Dr. Harker was named a Fellow of the Institute for
Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) in October 2012, and a Charter Fellow of
the National Academy of Inventors in December 2012.
Chief Program Officer and National Director of the Talent Dividend, CEOs for Cities
Dr. Noël Harmon is National Director of the Talent Dividend for CEOs for Cities. As leader of the National
Talent Dividend initiative, her goal is to foster success among network cities to increase the post-secondary
attainment among their residents. She directs the National Talent Dividend Prize competition and the
National Talent Dividend Network. Noël brings her experience as both a researcher and a practitioner in
higher education to the Talent Dividend program. She previously served as a senior research analyst at the
Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), where she worked with minority-serving institutions on
initiatives such as the Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative, Lumina Foundation Models of Success,
TG and National College Access Network Supporting Best Practices in Student Success, and the IHEP
Summer Academy. Prior to joining IHEP, she worked in student affairs administration at Hofstra University
and the University of Michigan and was the director of Learning to Lead at Western Illinois University.
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President and CEO, Next City
Diana Lind joined Next City in 2008 and is the organization’s executive director and editor in chief. Diana
was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
(Rizzoli, 2008). She graduated from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A.,
Creative Writing). Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record and many
other publications and her work with Next City has been profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Monocle and
many other media outlets.
College and Credential Completion Network Manager, OSSE, Government of the District of Columbia
President, WHYY, Inc.
Mr. William J. Marrazzo has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at WHYY Inc. since 1997.
Mr. Marrazzo served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Roy F. Weston Inc. from 1988 to
1997. He served as Water Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department from 1971 to 1988
and Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia from 1983 to 1984. Mr. Marrazzo has been a
Director of American Water Capital Corp. and American Water Works Company, Inc. since October
22, 2003. He has been a Director of Woodward & Curran since October 2001. Mr. Marrazzo has
been a Director of AmeriGas Propane Inc., the General Partner of AmeriGas Eagle Finance Corp., AP
Eagle Finance Corp. and AmeriGas Partners L.P since April 23, 2001. He serves as a Director of
Tenet Health Corp., AmeriGas Propane L.P, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., Hahnemann
University Hospital and American Water Corporation. Mr. Marrazzo served as a Director of Ben
Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Marrazzo served on multiple civic
boards as well as two additional private sector corporations, Amerigas, the world's largest distributor
of retail propane, and Woodard & Curran, a national engineering firm. Mr. Marrazzo holds a
Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware and has completed coursework for his Master's
Degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate in
Humane Letters from Philadelphia University.
CEO, United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
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Senior Fellow, National League of Cities
Andrew O. Moore is a Senior Fellow with the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education
and Families. In this role, Moore provides technical assistance to cities seeking to re-engage
disconnected youth in employment, education, and civic life, and support to a growing network of
dropout reengagement programs and policymakers nationwide. Moore also provides support and
coaching to numerous cities developing multi-sector partnerships focused on postsecondary success
for low-income young adults, and to additional cities implementing comprehensive youth violence
reduction plans. Earlier, Moore spent 15 years building the nationwide network of service and
conservation corps, and has consulted on strategic program development with numerous U.S. and
U.K. agencies and organizations.
Program Director-Education, Kresge Foundation
William F. L. Moses serves as the program director for The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program, which
promotes access and success in higher education for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented
students. A key architect in restructuring Kresge’s education programming, Bill oversees the education
team’s continuum of grant activities in higher education, from developing program strategy, reviewing
preliminary ideas, and helping grantees develop proposals or initiatives, to awarding funding and monitoring
existing grants. He presents Education Program work to Kresge’s board and represents the foundation at
media and nonprofit events.
After joining Kresge in 1997, Bill became a program officer and, later, a senior program officer. He was
instrumental in developing Kresge’s Green Building Initiative and has spearheaded the foundation’s
Previously, Bill served as executive director of The Thomas J. Watson Foundation in Rhode Island, and as an
analyst in the South Africa department of the Investor Responsibility Research Center in Washington. He
also worked as a research officer at TechnoServe and held various administrative positions in Alaska’s state
legislature and the federal government, including the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Bill holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yale
University. He has authored or co-authored books and articles on South Africa including “Corporate
Responsibility in a Changing South Africa” and has been interviewed on numerous radio and television news
shows. Bill was the co-chair of the seven-foundation Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and serves
on the steering committee of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, an organization he co-founded.
Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Recently re-elected to his second term as Mayor of his hometown, Michael A. Nutter has set an aggressive
agenda for America’s fifth largest city – devising the City’s innovative school reform strategy, vowing to
strengthen community policing through Philly Rising, a unique partnership between vulnerable
neighborhoods and the City, and continuing to implement the nationally recognized GreenWorks
Philadelphia initiative that is helping to make the City of Philadelphia become the greenest city in America.
Since taking office in January 2008, Michael Nutter has vigorously managed city government through the
worst recession since the Great Depression by maintaining core services and reducing the City’s spending –
most notably closing a $2.4 billion gap in Philadelphia’s five year plan without compromising a single police
officer, fire fighter, sanitation, or health center worker.
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Born in Philadelphia and educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Michael Nutter
has been committed to public service since his youth in West Philadelphia. He served almost 15 years on the
Philadelphia City Council, earning the reputation of a reformer, before his election as Mayor of Philadelphia.
He is happily married to his wife Lisa, and a proud parent to Christian and Olivia.
Chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden
Wendell E. Pritchett, a noted scholar in urban history and policy and an experienced government and
university administrator, began his appointment as chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden on
June 30, 2009.
Dr. Pritchett serves as chief executive officer of Rutgers–Camden, reporting directly to the Rutgers president.
As a key member of the university’s leadership team as well as the principal spokesperson for the campus and
the university in the region, he oversees approximately 1,000 employees and an annual budget of more than
$50 million. He is responsible for the daily administration of an institution that enrolls 6,100 students in 34
undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs at the master’s and Ph.D. levels.
Previous to his position as chancellor, Dr. Pritchett taught at the University of Pennsylvania law school from
2001-09. As associate dean at Penn Law during 2006-08, he focused on faculty development and improving
the quality of experience for students. He is a founding member of the Penn Institute for Urban Research;
was one of the principal investigators on a major federally funded project to examine racial disparities in the
treatment of prostate cancer; and served for three years on the Provost’s Planning and Budget Committee,
the primary advisory group to Penn’s chief academic officer.
Previously, he had spent five years as assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of
New York. Earlier in his career, Dr. Pritchett served as director of district offices for Congressman Thomas
M. Foglietta (D-PA) and as an attorney representing non-profit organizations in the development of
affordable housing. He received his B.A. from Brown University in 1986, his J.D. from Yale Law School in
1991, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.
Project Director, The Civic Commons
Jason has been a Project Director with the Civic Commons since it's inception. He has become an advocate
for authentic engagement throughout his community and works closely with organizations to accomplish
just that. He is also one of the savviest and most successful young political campaign managers around, with
two unlikely wins under his belt in two years in the profession. Jason has background in urban planning,
developing a passion at a young age, having spent a significant portion of his youth playing SimCity. Joining
the Commons, he says, "offered me a unique opportunity to combine my passion for Northeast Ohio with the
potential to create change."
Vice President of Policy and Research, Excelencia
Deborah A. Santiago, is co-founder and Vice President for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education
and has spent more than 15 years leading research and policy efforts from the community to national and
federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. Her current work focuses on
federal and state policy, financial aid, and effective institutional practices for student success in higher
education. She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, the New
York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Deborah serves on the board
of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), the National Association for College
Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the National Student Clearinghouse.
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Dr. Kate Shaw
Executive Director, Research for Action
President, The Graduate! Network, Inc.
Hadass Sheffer is the founding Executive Director of Graduate! Philadelphia, a collaborative initiative to
increase the number of adult college graduates. In this capacity, she has built a broad-based regional coalition
organized to advance the interests of adult students and created the nation's first college success center for
adults. In recognition of its innovative approach and accomplishments, Graduate! Philadelphia received the
Alliance for Regional Stewardship's 2008 Organizational Champion Award. Prior, Hadass was Director of
Higher Education Fellowships and Program Development at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Mary Gwen Wheeler
Executive Director, 55,000 Degrees
Mary Gwen Wheeler is the Executive Director of 55,000 Degrees, a multi-sector public-private partnership
dedicated to increasing education attainment in the Louisville region. Previously, she served as the Mayor’s
Sr. Advisor for Education and Youth for Louisville Metro Government, leading policy development and
implementation of education and youth initiatives. In Jerry Abramson’s first term as Metro Mayor, she
served as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In June of 2010, Ms. Wheeler was
appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education.
With a B.A. in American Studies and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University, Ms.
Wheeler also has experience in family literacy, job training, non-profit management, strategic planning,
teaching and international development. This included 10 years with the National Center for Family
Literacy as a project manager and vice president of planning and development.
Director, Center for Education Policy Research
Dr. Winograd currently serves as the Director of the Center for Education Policy (CEPR) at the University of
New Mexico. CEPR’s mission is to conduct independent research on a wide range of education issues and to
use that research to strengthen the efforts of policy makers, educators and citizens in meeting the challenges
facing New Mexico. CEPR is accomplishing its mission by providing better access to data for policymakers,
practitioners and community members; fostering and sustaining a rigorous, broad-based education research
program; assembling teams of leading policy analysts and social scientists to work on key educational
problems facing our state; creating new venues in which policymakers, practitioners, and researchers can
regularly use educational data to address current issues; and cultivating a new generation of scholars focused
on educational data and policy impact.
Dr. Winograd has been deeply involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of New Mexico’s
major education reform initiatives including early childhood care and education; statewide longitudinal
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education data systems; high school redesign and college readiness; and teacher and principal recruitment,
preparation, retention, and evaluation. Dr. Winograd directed the Wallace Foundation Educational
Leadership Grant from 2004 to 2008 and also directed the New Mexico Title II Teacher Quality Grant from
1999-2003. Since coming to New Mexico in 1996, Dr. Winograd has obtained and directed more than $17
million in grants aimed at improving student success; teacher and principal quality; and using data to inform
Dr. Winograd’s previous experience includes serving as the Education Policy Advisor to Governor
Richardson for two years and the Director of the New Mexico Office of Education Accountability (OEA) in
the Department of Finance and Administration for six years. Dr. Winograd also served as the Director of The
Center for Teacher Education & Educational Policy in the College of Education at the University of New
Mexico; Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky; Director for
the University of Kentucky Institute for Educational Research; and Co-Director for The University of
Kentucky and University of Louisville Joint Center for the Study of Educational Policy. Over his career, Dr.
Winograd has published more than 60 books, book chapters and refereed articles dealing with literacy,
assessment, and education reform.
President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
As president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Rob Wonderling leads a business
advocacy organization of member companies that promotes growth and economic development in the 11-
county Greater Philadelphia region. He also serves as chairman of the CEO Council for Growth, the
governing board of Select Greater Philadelphia. He has an impressive record of private-sector executive
experience as well as distinguished public service. Previously, Mr. Wonderling worked for Bentley Systems,
Inc., and Allentown-based Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Wonderling served in
the Pennsylvania State Senate, where he first served as chairman of the Communications and Technology
Committee and then as chairman of the Transportation Committee. He also served in the executive branch of
state government in the Ridge Administration as Deputy Secretary of Transportation. In recognition of his
community involvement, he was awarded the 2011 Service to Humanity Award and was also named "State
Public Official of the Year" by Pennsylvania Bio in 2009. He recently served on the Philadelphia School
Reform Commission Search Committee for a new Superintendent of Schools and as the Chair of the
Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Postsecondary Education.
Mr. Wonderling received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alleghany College in 1984 and a Master's degree in
Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He also attended the program for
Senior Executives in State Government at Harvard University in 1997.
VP of Education, Greater Louisville Inc.
Kathy Zandona is the Vice President of Education for Greater Louisville Inc. and is responsible for
connecting the business community with our educational systems - Pre-K to PhD. Education and training is
an important part of forming one’s persona, value system and basis for future accomplishment and none of
this can be achieved without a strong education background. By starting at the earliest age, we can begin to
shape our future workforce, while at the same time also working with our current workforce to make sure the
workforce pipeline is complete. Through strong education we can create the workforce of the future and
make sure that Greater Louisville remains a competitive business region.
Kathy’s strong education focused background has provided her with many outlets to make sure that Greater
Louisville education goals will be reached. Prior to joining Greater Louisville Inc., Kathy was the Director for
Interactive Learning for the Health Enterprises Network, a GLI Affiliate. Her other previous experience
includes over four years at the National Center for Family Literacy as the Senior Director of Training and
Professional Development Services, five years at PNC University Leadership College and more than four
years as a Quality Advisor for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kathy has extensive background in meeting facilitation, leadership
training and development and Organizational Development.
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Meeting Planning Committee:
Associate Vice President of Community Impact,
Associate, Policy Development, Select Greater
Philadelphia, CEO Council for Growth
President, Campus Philly
Chief Policy Development Officer, Select Greater
Philadelphia, CEO Council for Growth
Chief Program Officer and National Director of
the Talent Dividend, CEOs for Cities
Director of Communications, Economy League
Executive Director of Philly Goes 2 College, City
Senior Fellow, National League of Cities
Deputy Director, Economy League
President, Graduate! Philadelphia
Higher Education Advisor at the Philadelphia
Mayor's Office of Education
Executive Director, Economy League
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• We accelerate change through success metrics, prize competitions and challenges, and our City Dividends.
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Caroline Altman Smith
Senior Program Officer
The Kresge Foundation
Leigh Ann Arnold
Center for Houston's Future
Education Initiatives Manager
American Chamber of Commerce
CEO Council for Growth
Chief Information Officer
Program Manager, Institutional
Dean of University Transfer and
Tulsa Community College
Senior Associate, Education
Institute for Youth, Education, and
Families at NLC
VP, Student Services
Director of Business and Budget
Policy & Governance Associate
Philadelphia Youth Network
Strix Research LLC
The New Press
Vice President for Talent Strategy
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Argenta Arts Foundation
The Graduate! Network, Inc.
Assoc. Director University of New
Center for Education Policy Research
Dean School of Continuing and
Chestnut Hill College
Associate Director, Strategic
Sr. Director, Education and Talent
Detroit Regional Chamber
Argenta Art Foundation
Manager, College Access
Mayor's Office of Education
Central Indiana Community
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Michigan College Access Network
Executive Director, Philadelphia
The Miami Foundation
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan
The College and Credential
Graduate Memphis Center
SuperintendentOffice of the State
Superintendent of Education
Director, External Relations
National College Access Network
Vice President, Marketing &
Director of Policy
Louisville Metro Government
Director Talent Strategies
Tulsa Regional Chamber
Project Coordinator of the Graduation
The Graduation Coach Campaign
Talent Dividend Liaison
Associate VP & Dean for Continuing
Meg Shope Koppel
Sr. VP of Research, Policy &
Council for Adult and Experiential
Assistant Director of Adult and
Transfer Academic Success
Susan B Thomas
Industry Partnership Director
District 1199C Training and
Director, Memphis Talent Dividend
Vice President, Institutional
NCSU Vice Chancellor (retired)
Raleigh Colleges and Community