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Elizabeth T. Boris: Co-Chair, Local/Nonprofit
Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, The Urban Institute

In September of 1996, Elizabeth T. Boris became the founding director of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. The Center conducts research on the role and impact of nonprofit organizations and the policy issues that affect them. The Center also hosts the National Center for Charitable Statistics, which builds and maintains the nation’s largest research database on nonprofit organizations.

From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Boris was founding director of the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, the first grant making program devoted to supporting research on the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Prior to her tenure at the Aspen Institute, Dr. Boris was Vice President for Research at the Council on Foundations, where she developed the research program and directed it for twelve years. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in political science from Rutgers University and a BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She was elected to the Douglass College Honorary Society in 2004.

The author of many research publications on nonprofits and philanthropy, she edited Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict, with C. Eugene Steuerle, and is an author of Working in Foundations: Career Patterns of Women and Men, with Teresa Odendahl and Arlene Kaplan Daniels. Dr. Boris is actively involved as an advisor and board member for a variety of organizations in the nonprofit sector. In 2006 she received the Distinguished Achievement and Leadership Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action. She was named a member of The NonProfit Times class of 2010 NPT Power & Influence Top 50 - the eighth such award.

Dr. Boris' affiliations include: The Past-President of the Board of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action and current membership on its nominations and distinguished achievement awards committees; the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy at the City University of New York; the Board of the National Council of Nonprofits; the Honorary Council of the Washington Area Women's Foundation; the Board of Advisors of the New York University Center on Philanthropy and the Law; the Independent Sector's Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership and Practice Committee, and others. She is also on the Advisory Board of Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the Editorial Board of Nonprofit Policy Forum.

 

Eric Brenner: Co-Chair, State
Director, Maryland Governor's Grant Office

On February 1, 2004, Eric Brenner became the Director of the newly created Maryland Governor's Grants Office, which is modeled off of a similar office that he developed for the Governor of Illinois. The Maryland Governor's Grants Office has been recognized as a "best practice" by the National Governors Association and received the 2006 Special Achievement award from the National Grants Management Association.

Mr. Brenner has worked for five Governors in three states, and for both political parties. His work has focused on the creation and implementation of public policy in the following subject areas: human services, health care, community revitalization, budgeting, energy, corrections, transportation, and financial services regulation. He has also served as the Director of Executive Management for the Council of Governors' Policy Advisors and the Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Mr. Brenner has degrees from Duke University (BA), Hull University, England (LLM), and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (MPA).


Cara Whitehead: Co-Chair, Federal

Details forthcoming.