Closing Plenary: Expanding the Practice of PRIs at the 2008 PRI Conference. The panel includes Douglas Kridler, Gregory Ratliff, and Mark Kramer. Kathleen Fluegel moderates.
Kathleen Fluegel is the HRK Foundation's Executive Director.
Mark oversees FSG's consulting practice and action initiatives. He also serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business in Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Mark is a founder and served as initial Board Chair from 2000 to 2004 of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a nonprofit research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Douglas F. Kridler was named President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation in February 2002. He is the fifth president of the Foundation, a community foundation serving the central Ohio region since 1943. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served for over 17 years as the President of CAPA, which owns and operates performing arts centers in Columbus, Chicago, and New Haven, Connecticut. He currently serves on the board of the Executive Committee of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation; is a member of the Core Leadership Council of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, where he also served for three terms on the board; and is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, headquartered in Boston. He is a past chair of Experience Columbus.
Greg Ratliff is a leading authority in the field of community and economic development and a seasoned advisor to the U.S. philanthropic community. A pioneering thought leader in the field in the early 1990s, Greg's consulting practice has focused on strategic planning for innovative business models blending financial and social returns.
Greg advises major foundations and nonprofit organizations from concept through implementation on top level strategic planning, board development and program creation. Selected clients include Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Heron Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Shorebank Corporation, and the Aspen Institute. His practice includes significant work in the field of Community Development Financial Institutions, (CDFIs) and he currently serves on the team implementing the CDFI Assessment and Rating System (CARS), an evaluation tool designed to increase the transparency of CDFIs for institutional investors by providing a rigorous third party assessment of financial and social investment returns.
Greg also recently completed research into business models for expanding the scale and sustainability of operations of CDFIs and other public purpose businesses. The findings were published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Profitwise (December 2004).
Prior to his consultancy, Greg spent ten years at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where he directed and managed a $15 million grant program and a $190 million portfolio of program related investments. During his tenure, both ventures broke new ground for MacArthur in the area of creating economic opportunity. Greg received a BA from UCLA and an MBA from Northeastern University, where he combined graduate work in Urban Studies at MIT.