The Global Philanthropy Forum presents Plenary 9: Roundtable: Philanthropy, Policy and Politics - Where is the line? with Stephen Heintz (Moderator) and panelists Sterling Speirn, Carol S. Larson, Vartan Gregorian and Doug Bereuter.
Doug Bereuter became the president of The Asia Foundation on September 1, 2004, immediately upon his resignation from U.S. Congress after twenty-six years of service.
During his congressional career, he was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee. He served as Vice Chairman for six years, and chaired the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee for six years. He was a ranking minority member of the Human Rights Subcommittee for six years. He chaired the Europe Subcommittee immediately before his departure.
Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in June 1997, Gregorian served for nine years as the sixteenth presidentof Brown University.
He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. In 1956 he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964.
Gregorian has taught European and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Austin. In 1972 he joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty and was appointed Tarzian Professor of History and professor of South Asian history. He was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and four years later became its twenty-third provost until 1981.
For eight years (1981-1989), Gregorian served as a president of the New York Public Library, an institution with a network of four research libraries and eighty-three circulating libraries. In 1989 he was appointed president of Brown University.
Gregorian is the author of The Road to Home: My Life And Times, Islam: A Mosaic, Not A Monolith, and The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan, 1880-1946. A Phi Beta Kappa and a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Training Fellow, he is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the American Philosophical Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 1969, he received the Danforth Foundation’s E.H. Harbison Distinguished Teaching Award.
He serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He served on the boards of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Aga Khan University, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Brandeis University, Human Rights Watch, the Museum of Modern Art and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been decorated by the French, Italian, Austrian and Portuguese governments. His numerous civic and academic honors include over sixty honorary degrees, including those from Brown, Dartmouth, Drew, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the City University of New York, Rutgers, Tufts, New York University, University of Aberdeen, the Juilliard School, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fordham University, San Francisco State University, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently, Keio University, University of Miami, and the University of St. Andrews.
In 1986, Gregorian was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 1989 the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts. In 1998, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2004, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. He has been honored by various cultural and professional associations, including the Urban League, the League of Women Voters, the Players Club, PEN-American Center, Literacy Volunteers of New York, the American Institute of Architects and the Charles A. Dana Foundation. He has been honored by the city and state of New York, the states of Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, and the cities of Fresno, Austin, Providence and San Francisco.
Stephen Heintz joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) in February 2001 as its fourth president.
Before joining the RBF, Mr. Heintz held top leadership positions in the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, Mr. Heintz was Founding President of Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action.
Carol S. Larson
Carol S. Larson is President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a position she has held since January 2004.
Ms. Larson served as the Packard Foundationâ€™s director of programs from 1995 through 1999, and was appointed as vice president of the organization in 2000. In the role of director of programs, Ms. Larson worked directly with the president to manage the Foundation's full grantmaking portfolio.
Sterling Speirn is President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation in 2006, Mr. Speirn was President of the Peninsula Community Foundation, which serves donors and charitable organizations on the San Francisco Peninsula, and in Silicon Valley. Mr. Speirn is also Founder and Chairman of the Center for Venture Philanthropy, which has launched three Social Venture Funds engaging in the issues of poverty, literacy, and the environment. He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Northern California Grantmakers, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Global Philanthropy Forum. In addition, Mr. Speirn is Co-Creator and former Board Member of the "Raising a Reader" program, which now operates nationally in 27 states and has just earned a Fast Company Social Entrepreneurship Award for 2006.