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Welcome to the Social Innovation Fund's 2015 Grantee Convening page. Here you can view the livestream of the Opening Plenary/Townhall and the closing plenary, Change is Action: Framing Our Narrative. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on everything about the Social Innovation Fund and follow the conversation on Twitter using the #SIFund hashtag!

Livestream Events

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 9-11am

2015 SIF Grantees and Conversation with the CEOs

  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation, @AARPCares
  • Patrice M. Cromwell, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Annie E. Casey Foundation, @AECFNews
  • Michael Rubinger, President and CEO, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), @LISC_HQ
  • Darren Bloch, Executive Director, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, @NYCMayorsFund
  • Kelly Medwick, Chief of Staff, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, @NE_Children
  • Carla Javits, President & CEO, REDF, @REDF_CA
  • Noreen Dunnells, Executive Director and CEO, United Way of Lane County, @UnitedWayLane
  • Wokie Weah, President, Youthprise, @Youthprise
Evaluation Results
  • Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder, Results for America (Moderator)
  • Carla Javits, President & CEO, REDF, @REDF_CA
  • Gina Burkhardt, President & CEO, Jobs for the Future, @jfftweets
  • Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation, @ussoccerfndn
Town Hall Q&A
Thursday, September 17, 2015 1-2:30pm
Keynote Speaker
  • Mireya Eavey, Executive Director, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, @careeredgefund

Impact - Subgrantees and the Work They Do

  • Jonathan Elias, Anchor/Reporter, WJLA-TV ABC 7, @EliasABC7 (Moderator)
  • Bethany Henderson, Executive Director, DC Scores, U.S. Soccer Foundation,  @DCSCORES  & @ussoccerfndn
  • Karen Gardener, Executive Director, Reading Partners DC, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, @ReadingPartners  & @emclarkfdn
  • Janice Urbanik, Executive Director, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, Jobs for the Future, @UnitedWayGC  & @jfftweets

Guest Speaker Bios

Michele Jolin

Michele JolinMichele Jolin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Michele was appointed in 2010 to President Barack Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions. She served as a Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House under President Obama, where she designed and launched the first SIF. Prior to that, she was a member of President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, where she helped create the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and the Obama Administration’s social innovation policy agenda. Before joining the White House, Michele led the Presidential Transition Project at the Center for American Progress and co-edited the book Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. Michele was a senior vice president at Ashoka, a global foundation that invests in social entrepreneurs in more than 50 countries. In the Clinton Administration, Michele was the Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers for CEA Chairs Joseph Stiglitz and Janet Yellen. She also worked for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Michele has a B.A. from University of Wisconsin, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Mireya Eavey

Mireya EaveyMireya Eavey leads CareerEdge Funders Collaborative’s mission to provide an exceptional labor force to growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming workforce partnerships. She cultivates and advances strategic development, fundraising, program investments, and policy while reporting to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Mireya is skilled in managing the nuances of public-private investment and programming as well as maneuvering integrated partnerships among large systems and agencies. She is highly regarded as a prominent leader in workforce development and sustainability. In Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee region, she spearheaded several system change initiatives including the creation of a Community-Wide Plan, endorsed by the Sarasota County Commission, to train and place citizens of the community into jobs in the manufacturing sector. This plan will serve as a model for other sectors. Mireya has also been sought outto assist other National Fund for Workforce Solutions sites in getting started and securing investments. Previously, Mireya served as Workforce and Project Manager for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and Board Records Manager for the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Sarasota.


Other Speakers included:
David Wilkinson,  Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
Damian Thorman, Director of the Social Innovation Fund
Lois Nembhard, Deputy Director of the Social Innovation Fund
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