Meyer Foundation’s Julie Rogers announces plans to step down

After a deeply impactful 28 years at the helm, Julie Rogers has announced that she will step down as president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation next June. The foundation has more than quadrupled its assets under her leadership, which has led to more than $153 million in grantmaking during her time there.

Among her innumerable accomplishments, Julie was the founder of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers and the Washington AIDS Partnership, and a co-founder of our former funding collaborative, the Community Development Support Collaborative.

WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, says of Julie:

Our philanthropic community is fortunate to be filled with bold leaders who are wisely and generously guiding their foundations to improve the lives of our region’s residents. Julie is unquestionably among the best of these leaders. But more than that, her career is distinguished by the ways in which she has permanently transformed our region’s philanthropic culture to be more collaborative, connected, and intentional. That’s a truly impressive legacy.

Channing Wickham, executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, reflects:

When the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our region is written, Julie Rogers will stand out as a visionary and a hero. She pioneered the idea of local funders pooling their resources to maximize impact by starting the Washington AIDS Partnership. Without her leadership and the Meyer Foundation’s support, our region simply could not have made the huge progress that we have in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

– The Post’s article on Julie features praise from many local funders. (WaPo, 6/12)

– In celebration of WRAG’s 20th anniversary last year, Julie shared memories about WRAG and WAP’s founding.

– Here’s the official announcement from Meyer’s Board Chair, Joshua Bernstein.

HEALTH | The Affordable Care Act is a couple of thousand pages long. Obviously Members of Congress read the entire thing before voting on it, but a law that long is sure to be confusing for the rest of the country.

Fortunately, The Commonwealth Fund has published an excellent primer on what the law means for the average citizen – particularly with regards to the “medical homes” concept. (CW, 6/12)

– Though the reasons behind it are unclear, here’s an alarming fact: 86 percent of students who attend closing DCPS schools haven’t re-enrolled in the system. (Examiner, 6/12)

D.C. superintendent resigns, cites husband’s health (Examiner, 6/12)

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– A new poll finds that Americans “overwhelmingly oppose” affirmative action. (WaPo, 6/12)

HOUSING | On the other hand, racism is alive and well in the housing market. (Atlantic, 6/12)

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LOCAL | According to the Post, a “sweeping federal investigation” is aiming at corruption among elected officials in the District. (WaPo, 6/12) This is unsurprising, considering this.

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