CPPP Appointments

Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy Appoints New Advisory Board Chair, Members

By Tracy Mendoza

Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy (CPPP), a leading voice and catalyst for strengthening philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, has appointed a new chair and three new members to the now 20-member board of advisors. Fred Ali will assume the role of board chair, and Margo Leonetti O’Connell, Lisa Fredricks Parker and Trent Stamp will join the board as members beginning in September 2010.

Fred Ali, president and chief executive officer of the Weingart Foundation, has over thirty-five years of progressively responsible senior management experience with non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government. In June 1999, Fred was elected the president of the Weingart Foundation. In 2006, he was also designated the chief executive officer of the foundation. The Weingart Foundation is among the nation’s leading philanthropic institutions, making grants exclusively in Southern California. Fred also serves as chair of the board of Southern California Grantmakers and is a member of the advisory board for the Center on Educational Governance at the University of Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University, and his graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan.

Margo Leonetti O’Connell is a trustee and president of the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation. She is also a trustee and the immediate past chair of the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees. In 1994 Margo was appointed to the state Board of Directors for the Science Center by Governor Pete Wilson, She served as the board president during the initial phase of the campaign to build the California Science Center and as a trustee remains actively involved in raising funds for the Phase II capital campaign for the facilities now in construction. A graduate of Scripps College, Margo has served as president of ECCLA (Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles), KCET Women’s Council and been a board member of KCET (Public Television for Southern California) as well as ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists and COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science). Margo also serves as vice president of M20 Inc., a family investment company.

Lisa Fredricks Parker has twenty-five years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management, and has devoted her career to social change philanthropy. She has been the president and executive director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation since 1997 and beginning in 1984 was a member of the foundation’s adjunct board—the first documented “junior” board in the field. As both a mother and a philanthropist, Lisa is particularly passionate about helping families of all social and economic backgrounds to creatively involve future generations in philanthropic work. In 2009 she founded Family Circle Advisors (FCA), providing families with the tools and services to grow the next generation of givers. She also serves as an advisor to both nonprofit and corporate organizations, as well as a select group of social entrepreneurs, currently seeding a youth giving movement.

Trent Stamp joined the Eisner Foundation as executive director in February of 2008. Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding president of Charity Navigator, from April 2001 through January 2008. In 2004, he was selected by New Jersey Business Magazine as one of “40 Business Leaders Under 40” in the state and in 2007; he was honored by the New Jersey State Legislature with the Five Sectors Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the betterment of the state. Trent worked previously as vice president, communications for Teach For America, as an analyst and manager for the Social Security Administration, and as a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Robert Matsui. Trent received his Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University and his B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“We are thrilled to have Margo, Lisa and Trent joining our board and look forward to Fred’s outstanding leadership,” said director of the Center James Ferris. “Their diverse experiences and deep roots in the philanthropic community will help to guide and inform the Center’s agenda. They will play a key role in strengthening philanthropy and contributing to a broader understanding of the role philanthropy plays in solving critical public problems, especially in Southern California.”