President, The Philanthropy Roundtable
Adam Meyerson joined The Philanthropy Roundtable as president in 2001. The Roundtable is America’s largest association of foundations and charitable givers committed to the protection of donor intent, the preservation of philanthropic freedom, and the advancement of liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility through philanthropic giving.
From 1993 to 2001, Adam was vice president for educational affairs at the Heritage Foundation. He coordinated the think tank’s civil society projects, its publications on the Founding Fathers, and its “No Excuses” work on high-performing high-poverty schools. Adam was editor-in-chief of Heritage’s magazine, Policy Review, from 1983 to 1998.
From 1979 to 1983, Adam was an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal as well as editor of its“Manager’s Journal” and “Asia” columns and its book reviews. He is co-editor of The Wall Street Journal on Management, a book published by Dow Jones-Irwin in 1985. From 1974 to 1977, he was managing editor of the American Spectator magazine, then in Bloomington, Indiana.
In addition to serving as president of the Roundtable, Adam is chairman of the board of the Donors Capital Fund and a board member of the State Policy Network.
Adam graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1974. From 1977 to 1979, he attended Harvard Business School and completed all requirements but the dissertation for a doctorate in international business.
Political polarization and division seems to be deepening in the United States. While America has always valued pluralism, American society continues to face structural challenges in dealing with deeply different viewpoints, values, and perspectives among its citizens. This plenary will explore the roots of — and solutions to — deep division, the implications for philanthropy, and examples in which funders have worked across differences in pursuit of shared goals. Questions to be explored include: What is the role of philanthropy in bridging divides? How does political division impede the pursuit of philanthropic goals? What is to be done?