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Published on Mar 27, 2017
Nancy Roob, CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Blue Meridian Partners, shares how a life-changing mistake—and what she learned from Harlem Children’s Zone leader Geoff Canada, investor Stan Druckenmiller and others—encouraged her to re-imagine the way philanthropists can help meet our nation’s most pressing challenges.
Nancy Roob is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. She played a major role in developing and implementing EMCF’s grantmaking strategy of making large, long-term investments in building the organizational capacity and evidence base of nonprofits whose programs have the potential to lift the life prospects of greater numbers of America’s most disadvantaged youth. Before becoming president in 2005, Roob was the Foundation’s vice president and chief operating officer. Before she joined the Foundation in 1994, Roob worked for the Boston Persistent Poverty Project, a program of the Rockefeller and Boston foundations; the Fund for the Homeless, a project of the Boston Foundation; and the Child Care Resource and Referral Center, also in Boston. Roob is a graduate and trustee of Hamilton College, and holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx