Patricia Mathews named as new WRAG board chair

We’re excited to announce that Patricia N. Mathews, president & CEO of the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, has been elected as the new board chair of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She succeeds Terri Lee Freeman, president of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

WRAG President Tamara Copeland shares her enthusiasm:

I am delighted with the board’s choice of Pat Mathews as our new chair. Pat has been a leader in the WRAG community for many years, particularly through her involvement with the Health Working Group. This year, she was instrumental in restructuring WRAG’s convening groups in creative and exciting ways for 2014. I look forward to working with Pat over the next two years.

Additionally, the board elected three officers to key positions:

  • Lynn Tadlock, Deputy Executive Director, The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation (Vice Chair)
  • Anna Bard, Community Affairs Manager – MD, D.C. & VA, Wells Fargo Philanthropy Team (Treasurer)
  • Eric Kessler, President, New Venture Fund (Secretary

FOOD | Lindsay Smith, WRAG’s consultant for the Washington Regional Convergence Partnership, wrote a guest post for the Northern Virginia Health Foundation’s blog about building a stronger regional food system. She points out (NVHF, 12/17):

Northern Virginia is one of the most affluent parts of the country, but unfortunately, this fact does not equate to good health or universal access to affordable and nutritious food for all its residents.

CSR | You better watch out. You better not cry (except while watching Forrest Gump). You better not pout, I’m telling you why: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is coming to town!

As we gear up for the Institute’s inaugural class next month – yes, next month is 2014 – we have a special holiday-themed post about what some of the class members are looking forward to next year. (Daily, 12/18)

Opinion: Controversy alert! Robert Reich, chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote a piece for the Christian Science Monitor that calls out funding of “culture palaces” and elite schools (CSM, 12/16):

I’m all in favor of supporting fancy museums and elite schools, but face it: These aren’t really charities as most people understand the term. They’re often investments in the life-styles the wealthy already enjoy and want their children to have as well. Increasingly, being rich in America means not having to come across anyone who’s not.

That final sentence is absurd and sensational, but what do you folks think about his other points?

– Following yesterday’s announcement that Susan Desmond-Hellmann will be the new head of the Gates Foundation, the Chronicle features a detailed look at her qualifications. (Chronicle, 12/18)

EQUITY | New income and poverty data from the Census Bureau show that the country’s wealth is densely concentrated in the Northeast Corridor. (Atlantic, 12/18)

– Following up on the story above, The Atlantic explores a new service that looks at every American neighborhood and maps out where renters live – categorized by age, income, education, and more. (Atlantic, 12/18)

Activists push for affordable housing on public land in Arlington (WaPo, 12/18)

– The Montgomery County Council has allocated $650,000 to help homeless individuals find housing. That sounds like a lot, but the funds only cover 15 people. (BCC-Patch, 12/18)

WORKFORCE | The D.C. Council approved a boost to the city’s minimum wage. Now it’s headed to Mayor Gray’s desk. (MSNBC, 12/18)

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