Complete CV

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2004–Present

  • Vice President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Atlanta (2004 – ).
  • Executive-in-Residence, Georgia Tech’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (January 2009 – ).
  • Instructor for Department of Educational Policy Studies course, Educational Evaluation, Georgia State University (Fall 2006).
  • Instructor for Public Administration and Urban Studies course, Evaluation and Research, Georgia State University (Fall 2005).

1997–2004

  • Director of Planning & Evaluation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.

1985–1997

  • Issue Brief Writer, Education Statistics Services Institute of the American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC. (1996–1997).
  • Survey Research and Media Consultant (1993–1997).
  • Weekly Columnist, The Chapel Hill Herald, Orange County edition of The Herald-Sun of Durham, NC (1990–1997).
  • Researcher and Writer, North Carolina Global TransPark Authority (1995).
  • Graduate Research Assistant and Part-time Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1992–1995).
  • Reporter, The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC (1988–1989).
  • Reporter, WMAS AM-FM, Springfield, MA (1987).
  • Part-time Anchor/Reporter, WPTF AM, Raleigh, NC (1986–1987).
  • Reporter, The Daily Tar Heel, Chapel Hill, NC (1986).
  • News Intern, WTVD TV, Durham, NC (Summers 1985 and 1986).

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Blank Family Foundation Teamwork and Leadership Initiative, 2006–07
  • Emerging Leader Development Program, Columbia Business School Executive Education, November 2003.
  • Knight Foundation Teamwork and Leadership Initiative, 2002–2003.
  • Ph.D., Mass Communication Research. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 1995. Adviser: Philip Meyer. Dissertation: Toward a Definition of Public Journalism.
  • M.A., School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1992. Thesis: Toward a Wheel of Public Opinion: A Study of Presidential Budget Activity and New York Times Budget Deficit Coverage.
  • A.B., Arts and Sciences (radio, television and motion pictures), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1987.

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Freedom Forum Journalism Scholar, 1994–1995 and 1993–1994.
  • Vermont Royster-Dow Jones Scholar, 1994–1995.
  • Kappa Alpha Tau honor society initiation, April 1992.
  • Washington Center for Politics & Journalism Fellow, Spring 1991.

TEACHING

  • Guest lecturer, Georgia Tech College of Management/ILE, Nov. 10, 2009 (Social Entrepreneurship course).
  • Guest lecturer, Georgia Tech College of Management/ILE, Jan. 28, 2009 (Social Entrepreneurship course).
  • Speaker, Georgia Tech IMPACT Speaker Series, Sept. 3, 2008 (Philanthropy and Social Change).
  • Instructor, Emory University’s Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations, June 24, 2008.
  • Guest lecturer, Goizueta School of Business, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., April 15, 2008 (Nonprofit Marketing course).
  • Guest lecturer, Georgia Tech College of Management/ILE, Atlanta, Ga., April 1, 2008 (Social Entrepreneurship course).
  • Instructor, Emory University’s Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations, June 28, 2007.
  • Instructor, College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga., Fall 2006 (Course: Educational Policy and Research Studies 8620, Educational Evaluation). Click here for reading list.
  • Instructor, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA., Fall 2005 (Course: Public Administration and Urban Studies 8521, Evaluation and Research).
  • Guest lecturer, Goizueta School of Business, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., February 2005 (Nonprofit marketing course).
  • Co-Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication database journalism course, Chapel Hill, NC, Spring 1993, 1994 and 1995.
  • Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication introductory reporting course, Chapel Hill, NC, Fall 1993.
  • Guest Speaker for undergraduate reporting classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Fall 1989, 1990 and 1992.

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES

  • Member, for doctoral candidate Rachel Mersey, 2007: “Can the Internet help preserve journalism? Sense of community differences among print and online local news consumers.” (Philip Meyer and Rhonda Gibson, Co-Chairs, University of North Carolina).
  • Member, for doctoral candidate David O. Loomis, 2002: “A tale of two cities: the tin man thesis and public journalism practice.” (Philip Meyer, Chair, University of North Carolina).
  • Member, for doctoral candidate Deborah A. Procopio, 2005: “The Internet and democracy: a prospect for restoring civic health.” (Philip Meyer, Chair, University of North Carolina).

SERVICE

  • Member, Georgia Health News Board (2011 – ).
  • Member, State Department of Education Health Executive Committee (2010 – ).
  • Member, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Programming Committee (2011–2012).
  • Member, Georgia Supermarket Access Task Force (2011–2012).
  • Member, YMCA of Metro Atlanta Healthy Living Task Force Commission (2011–2012).
  • Judge, Georgia Tech Business Plan Competition / Ideas to SERVE, early-stage venture concepts with a triple-bottom line (2009, 2011, 2012).
  • Member, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Development Committee (2008–2012).
  • Judge, Trinity Avenue Urban Farm Design Competition, City of Atlanta (2012).
  • Co-Chair, Atlanta Public Schools Farm to School Taskforce (2010).
  • Speaker, “Strategic Grantmaking,” Montana Community Foundations Gathering, Oct. 11, 2010.
  • Vice-Chair, Executive Committee, Georgia Children’s Healthcare Alliance (2009–2010).
  • Member, Selection Committee for GA Governor’s Customer Service Awards (2008–2010)
  • Member, Emory University Board of Visitors, (2007–2009).
  • Guest Speaker, Foundation for Richmond County (NC) board retreat, Charleston, SC, June 20, 2008.
  • Symposium Panel Member, “Raising the Ante: The Internet’s Impact on Journalism Education and Existing Theories of Mass Communication,” Chapel Hill, NC, March 27-28, 2008.
  • Panel Member, 2007 Leadership Seminar for Southern Legislators, “Philanthropy: An Agent of Progress,” Chapel Hill, NC, Nov. 12, 2007.
  • Guest Lecturer, Georgia State University Nonprofit Studies Research Seminar, “Risk Management and Social Change in the Nonprofit Sector,” Sept. 11, 2007.
  • Member, Atlanta Neighborhood Indicators Project Advisory Group, 2006–2007.
  • Board Member, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, 2002–2007.
  • Instructor, American Evaluation/CDC Summer Institute in Atlanta, “The Evaluation Paradox: Tools and Approaches for Getting Buy-in From Stakeholders,” June 13, 2006.
  • Member, Community Youth Mapping evaluation advisory group, sponsored by Child Trends and the Academy for Educational Development, 2006.
  • Member, Activation Point working group, sponsored by the Communications Leadership Institute and Spitfire Strategies (funded by Packard and RWJF), 2006.
  • Member, United Way of Metro Atlanta’s Outcome Measurement Advisory Group, 2006.
  • Presenter at annual National Football League conference of community relations executives in Dallas, TX, April 11, 2006.
  • Chair, American Evaluation Association Task Force on Evaluation in the Nonprofit Sector, 2006.
  • Member, Advisory Committee for the Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment, sponsored by the Philanthropic Collaborative for a Healthy Georgia, 2004–2005.
  • Member, Conference Planning Committee, Independent Sector, 2000.
  • Research Assistant for Knight Professor Philip Meyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994–1995.
  • Seminar Speaker, Education Writers Association Southeastern Seminar on desegregation and equity, Chapel Hill, NC, December 2–3, 1994.
  • Carolina Poll Director, Fall 1994, University of North Carolina.
  • Instructor, IRE seminar on Precision Journalism, Chapel Hill, NC, August 1994.
  • Participant, Second Annual National Seminar on the State of Media Studies, sponsored by The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, New York, February 13–17, 1994.
  • Attendee, Newspapers in the Information Age, a Knight Chair in Journalism Seminar, Chapel Hill, NC, November 19, 1993.
  • Polling Instructor, Freedom Forum Rainbow Institute, Chapel Hill, NC, June 1993.

RESEARCH AND CONSULTING

  • Precision Journalism Consultant, U.S. News & World Report, Summer 1992, Fall 1993, Fall 1996.
  • Precision Journalism Consultant, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, NE, Fall 1996.
  • Precision Journalism Consultant, WRAL TV, Raleigh, NC, 1996.
  • Investigator, private survey research for change-of-venue motion in North Carolina, 1996.
  • Instructor, NICAR Stats and Maps Seminar, Chapel Hill, NC, May 5–10, 1996.
  • Precision Journalism Consultant, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1995–1996.
  • Investigator, private survey research for civil litigation support in North Carolina, 1995–1996.
  • Precision Journalism Consultant, Associated Press, Lansing, MI, Summer 1995.
  • Investigator, private market research for Carrboro Farmers Market, Summer 1994.
  • Data Management Consultant, Knight Ridder, Inc., News Research division, Summer 1993.
  • Research Assistant, Knight Ridder’s 25/43 Project, Fall 1990.

PERSONAL

  • Born December 22, 1964, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Attended public schools in Garner, N.C.
  • Married to Elizabeth Ross, Concord, N.C., October 31, 1992.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Scholarship

  • Doctoral Dissertation: Toward a Definition of Public Journalism. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 1995. Adviser: Philip Meyer.
  • Master’s Thesis: Toward a Wheel of Public Opinion: A Study of Presidential Budget Activity and New York Times Budget Deficit Coverage. School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1992.

Book Chapters and Essays

  • “Building Strong Foundation-Grantee Relationships,” with Michael Quinn Patton and Deborah G. Bonnet, in Foundations and Evaluation: Contexts and Practices for Effective Philanthropy, eds. Marc T. Braverman, Norman A. Constantine and Jana Kay Slater (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004). (Google books)
  • “Listening and Learning 2004: Introduction,” in Listening and Learning 2004 (Miami: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, March 2004).
  • “Commentary,” in Evaluating Community Collaborations, ed. Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D. (New York: Springer, 2003).
  • “Listening and Learning,” in Community Indicators: Profiles of Knight Foundation Communities and the Nation (Miami: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, March 2001). (ERIC)
  • “A New Strategy,” in Assessing Public Journalism, eds. Edmund M. Lambeth, Philip E. Meyer and Esther Thorson (Columbia, MO.: University of Missouri Press, 1998). (Google books)

Professional Articles

Selected Popular Publications

  • “Separate and Unequal: America’s special education was intended to give disabled kids an edge. But it is cheating many – and costing the rest of us billions,” (Cover story by Joseph P. Shapiro, Penny Loeb and David Bowermaster with Andrea Wright, Susan Headden and Thomas Toch. Story consultant John Bare), U.S. News & World Report, December 13, 1993, p. 46.
  • “Espionage: The Bloch File,” U.S. News & World Report, September 14, 1992, p. 23.
  • “Survey says: Read between the lines with election year poll results,” The Daily Tar Heel, August 31, 1992, p. 9.
  • “Danger: Implants,” (by Steven Findlay and Doug Podolsky, with John Bare), U.S. News & World Report, August 24, 1992, p. 62.
  • “They’re just plain angry: In a U.S. News election-year poll, business and economists give Washington thumbs down,” (by Susan Dentzer, with John Bare), U.S. News & World Report, July 20, 1992, p. 48.
  • “Let’s Play Election,” U.S. News & World Report, July 13, 1992, p. 14.
  • “Tuition dollars buy less: Students pay larger share of UNC’s income,” The Chapel Hill Herald, November 24, 1991, p. 1.
  • Political Maneuvering At Its Best,” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), Dec. 2, 1990, op-ed page.
  • “CIA Trial,” WCHL Radio, Chapel Hill, NC (picked up by Associated Press wire service), Jan. 14, 1988.
  • “Tip Off,” WMAS AM FM Radio, Springfield MA, radio news script from coverage of the Tip Off Classic, UNC vs. Syracuse.

Conference Presentations & Papers

  • “Purpose Over Task,” Workshop at Association of Small Foundations Annual Conference / Impact Working Group, Oct. 7, 2012, San Francisco.
  • Dominoes or Pick-Up Sticks: Philanthropy, Evaluation & Social change,” Presenter at Council on Foundations 2012 Family Philanthropy Conference, Feb. 14, 2012, Miami Beach, FL.
  • Re-Imagine Impact: It’s Easy if You Try,” Presenter at Sundance Documentary Film Program panel session at Sundance 2012, Jan. 23, 2012, Filmmakers Lodge, Park City, UT.
  • “10 Things in 10 Minutes on Philanthropy, Evaluation & Social Change,” Presenter at Creative Change Retreat, Aug. 16, 2011, Sundance/Redford Conference Center, UT.
  • “Developing a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System,” Presenter at the 2011 GEO Learning Conference, June 7, 2011, Baltimore, MD.
  • “Arts Philanthropy, Evaluation, Accountability and Social Change,”Presenter at the 2010 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, Oct. 18, 2010, Chicago, IL.
  • “Philanthropy, Evaluation and Social Change,” Presenter at the 2009 American Evaluation Association Conference, Nov. 14, 2009, Orlando, FL.
  • “Partnering with Power Brands to Combat Childhood Obesity,” Presenter and facilitator at the 2009 Southern Obesity Summit, Oct. 5, 2009, Austin, TX.
  • “Art, Philanthropy and Social Change,” Presenter at 2008 Grantmakers in the Arts national conference, Oct. 13, 2008, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Sports Philanthropy and Community Collaborations,” Presenter at 2008 Philanthropy Summit / Council on Foundations annual conference, May 5, 2008, National Harbor, MD.
  • “Evidence Based Practices and Bringing Research to Practice,” Facilitator for Leadership Panel, Communities in Schools National Conference, Nov. 1, 2007, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Foundation – Nonprofit Partnerships,” National Health and Livability Summit, April 18, 2007, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Putting Evaluation to Work for Foundations,” Atlanta Area Evaluation Association, Jan. 24, 2006, Atlanta, GA.
  • “The Future of the First Amendment: Summary and Policy Implications,” (with Chris Barnes and Ken Dautrich, University of Connecticut) American Association for Public Opinion Research panel session, May 15, 2005, Miami, FL. Read Summary
  • “Where Is Your Evaluation Report? Dusty Book Shelf or Decision-making Tool?” American Evaluation Association panel session, Nov. 6, 2004, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Foundations, Evaluation, and the Goal of Social Change, Part 2: Evaluation Practice in Support of Social Change,” American Evaluation Association panel session, Nov. 4, 2004, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Foundations, Evaluation, and the Goal of Social Change, Part 1: Conceptualizing Social Change as a Process and Outcome,” American Evaluation Association panel session, Nov. 3, 2004, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Why the Best-Laid Plans of Staff and Board Often Go Awry,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference sub-plenary, March 19, 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • “Managing Risk in a Grantmaking Portfolio,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference workshop, March 19, 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • “Learning from Outside Perspectives: Enhancing Philanthropy’s Self-Perception,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference plenary, March 18, 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • “The Road Less Traveled: Connecting Program and Evaluation Work Without Bloodshed,” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference panel session, March 17, 2004, Seattle, WA.
  • “Measuring the Almost Immeasurable; How Funders and Grantees Can Shape Evaluation,” Grantmakers in Health panel session, Feb. 26, 2004, Hollywood, FL.
  • “New Frameworks for Understanding Demand-Consumer Relationships with Art Forms and Arts Institutions,” Grantmakers in the Arts Conference member report, Oct. 29, 2002, Charlotte, NC.
  • “If it Takes a Village to Raise a Child, What Does it Take to Make a Village?” Grantmakers for Effective Organizations workshop, March 7, 2002, Washington DC.
  • “Mainstreaming Evaluation in Arts & Cultural Institutions,” American Evaluation Association panel session, Nov. 10, 2001, St. Louis, MO.
  • “In Search of a Valid and Reliable Mechanism to Assess Risk in Grant Making,” American Evaluation Association Annual Conference think tank session, Nov. 9, 2001, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Overcoming Cultural and Technical Barriers to Integrating Evaluation into Foundation Program Work,” American Evaluation Association, Nonprofit and Foundation Evaluation TIG Meeting, Nov. 8, 2001, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Enhancing Community Infrastructure for Nonprofit Capacity Building,” Council on Foundations 52nd Annual Conference roundtable session, May 1, 2001, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Turning Information Into Action,” Council on Foundations 52nd Annual Conference panel session, April 30, 2001, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Integrating Evaluation into Foundation Program Work,” Council on Foundations 52nd Annual Conference panel session, April 29, 2001, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Integrating Community Indicators into Grant Making,” (with Penelope McPhee and Liz Sklaroff), a research paper presented at annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Nov. 17, 2000, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Evaluation in Philanthropy,” National Institute for Government Innovation Grants Summit, Nov. 13, 2000, Washington, DC.
  • “Strategies for Change,” American Evaluation Association roundtable, Nov. 2, 2000, Honolulu, HI.
  • “Turning Information into Action: A Model and Case Study for Integrating Community Indicators into Grant Making,” American Evaluation Association demonstration session, Nov. 2, 2000, Honolulu, HI.
  • “Integrating Community Indicators into Grant Making: A Model for Turning Information into Action,” Grantmakers Evaluation Network-Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference 2000 roundtable, March 30, 2000, Kansas City, MO.
  • “Tools for Evaluating and Replicating a Cooperating Arts Marketing Organization,” Grantmakers Evaluation Network-Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference 2000 panel session, March 30, 2000, Kansas City, MO.
  • “Getting Value from Evaluation,” Grantmakers in the Arts Conference panel session, November 15, 1999, San Francisco, CA.
  • “Marketing the Arts: Lessons from a Community Marketing Collaboration,” Grantmakers in the Arts Conference roundtable, November 15, 1999, San Francisco, CA.
  • “Indicators of Social Health: A New Tool for Philanthropy,” Independent Sector Annual Conference panel session, October 25, 1999, Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Community Indicators: Lessons from the Field,” 15th Fall Conference for Community Foundations panel session, September 29, 1999, Denver, CO.
  • “Cooperative Marketing Strategies for Nonprofit Arts Organizations,” Council on Foundations 50th Annual Conference roundtable session, April 20, 1999, New Orleans, LA.
  • “Examples of Precision Journalism Story Ideas Using NCES Data and Publications,” National Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference, March 6, 1997, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “The Impact of Public Journalism on Traditional Newsroom Beliefs,” a research paper presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, May 1995, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • “The Role of Non-traditional News Sources in the 1992 Presidential Campaign,” a research paper presented at the 48th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, May 1993, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • “Acquiring Knowledge of Current Events: The New York Times vs. USA Today,” (with Sue Greer), a research paper presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, May 1992, St. Charles, IL., and at the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research Conference, October 1992, Raleigh, NC.
  • “Professional Bias Against Innovation: The Case of Perception of Society Coup Coverage,” (with Shannon Martin), a research paper presented at the 47th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, May 1992, St. Charles, IL.