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Speaker Series

Active Collaboration For Transformational Change -
From Fighting Poverty to Ending Malaria

How bringing together such diverse groups as the Robin Hood Foundation, the United Nations, top Universities, numerous non-profits and the U.S. government can dramatically increase the impact on the most pressing social issues of our time.

April 23, 2014

6:30 - 8:00pm
Reception to follow
Tishman Auditorium, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
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Former Managing Partner, JP Morgan Partners; Vice Chairman,United Nations Envoy's Office for Health


Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University; Founder, Exponential Fundraising


Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation

Moderated by
David Bornstein

New York Times Fixes Columnist, Author, Social Entrepreneurship Champion

Join us for an incredible evening of exploration and inspired discussion with three outstanding leaders who share a common vision for changing the world from three very different viewpoints. Jeff Walker, a former managing partner of JP Morgan Partners and Vice Chairman at the United Nations Envoy’s Office for Health, Jennifer McCrea, a twenty-five year fundraising veteran and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, and David Saltzman, the Executive Director of Robin Hood Foundation will share their unique insights on fundraising, our relationships with ourselves, others, and money, and effective transformational leadership that collectively offer a radically different way of building cause focused teams and organizations that can truly change the world. The discussion will be moderated by NY Times Fixes columnist, author, and social entrepreneurship champion David Bornstein. A reception to celebrate the evening, and the recent publication of Jeff Walker’s and Jennifer McCrea’s groundbreaking new book The Generosity Network will immediately follow.

Jeff Walker

Former Managing Partner, JP Morgan Partners
Vice Chairman, United Nations Envoy's Office for Health

Jeff Walker is Vice Chair in the United Nations Envoy’s Office for Health Finance and Malaria. He also currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Chairman of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, UCLA Film TV and Theater School, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA, Columbia School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Brookings Metropolitan Council, Blue School, The Tibetan Village Project, and He is President of the 15 Central Park West Board.

Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he also helped to develop and launch a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofit leaders at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits.

Jeff recently co-authored a new book , “The Generosity Network”, about new approaches to gather resources to address causes each of us are passionate about.

For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

Jennifer McCrea

Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University
Founder, Exponential Fundraising
Learn more about Jennifer McCrea.

Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University. For the past 25 years, she has partnered with philanthropists, board members and nonprofit leaders to think more creatively and collaboratively about ways in which to align strategic direction and resources to address some of the most profound needs on the planet: improving health, caring for children, relieving global poverty, educating the leaders of tomorrow and supporting the transformation of people and organizations to enable the emergence of a just, peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world.

Jennifer has worked with many of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations and leaders, including Acumen Fund,, Grameen America, Council on Foreign Relations, Teach for America, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Pencils of Promise, Witness, Mercy Corps, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Creative Commons, VisionSpring, Robin Hood Foundation, and many others.

In addition to leading her philanthropy course at Harvard, Jennifer has taught at Ashoka, Skoll World Forum, TED, Board Source, Social Venture Philanthropy, Draper Richards Kaplan, New Profit and others.

She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves as an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab and the Blue School, and is also a co---founder and board member of the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium.

Jennifer puts her own principles into practice as the co---founder and CEO of Born Free, an initiative of the Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance that brings private sector resources and acumen to the goal of eradicating mother---to---child transmission of HIV by 2015. Jennifer’s book, The Generosity Network, written with philanthropist Jeffrey C. Walker was published by Random House in 2013.

David Saltzman

Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation

David Saltzman helped start Robin Hood as one of its five founding board members in 1988. He became its first full-time employee in 1989 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Mr. Saltzman’s leadership, Robin Hood has grown from an all-volunteer start-up organization into an institution that has raised $1.75 billion to fight poverty in New York City. In 2013 alone, Robin Hood made grants of more than $130 million to meet the growing needs of the 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty.

Mr. Saltzman serves on the board of directors of several high performing not-for-profit organizations, including the Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant; the Excellence Girls Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant; the Relay Graduate School of Education; Zearn, a tech start up hoping to deliver great academic lessons to all children anywhere, anytime; the Association for a Better New York and the Brazelton Touchpoints Center. He was a founder of NPower, a joint effort of Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Accenture and Robin Hood to improve the effectiveness of non-profits through technology.

Mayor Bloomberg appointed Mr. Saltzman to the boards of the Commission for Economic Opportunity, the Trust for Governors Island and the Young Men's Initiative. Mayor de Blasio appointed Mr. Saltzman to serve on three committees aiding in the selection process of commissioners.

Brown University awarded him an honorary doctorate and the John Hope award for distinguished alumni. Columbia University honored him with its Global Leadership Award. Time magazine recently named Mr. Saltzman one of its 100 Innovators. The United Nations presented him its Global Leadership Award.

Mr. Saltzman earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree from Brown University. Before joining Robin Hood, Mr. Saltzman was the Special Assistant to the President of the Board of Education of the City of New York. Prior to that, he ran two AIDS education programs for New York City’s Department of Health. He began his career in public service working with homeless families for the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, the city's Department of Social Services. David Saltzman lives in New York City with his wonderful wife and two terrific sons.

David Bornstein

New York Times Fixes columnist, author, and social entreprneurship champion.

David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times Opinionator section, which explores and analyzes potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports journalists who report on constructive responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.