Roger Nozaki

Roger Nozaki

Vice President, Barr Foundation

Roger Nozaki is vice president of the Barr Foundation. He joined Barr in the newly-created position in July 2016. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s core programs in arts and creativity, climate, and education; learning and evaluation; and overall operations.

Nozaki has experience across corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. Before coming to Barr, he served as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, working with the Department and the White House to advance equity, innovation, and quality outcomes in higher education. He previously spent nearly nine years at Brown University, where he served as an academic dean, oversaw three centers, and co-taught a course on the theory and practice of philanthropy. Prior to Brown, he worked for the Hitachi and GE foundations in a number of roles from 1994 to 2005, culminating in the position of executive director of the GE Foundation.

Nozaki currently serves on Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee and the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity’s Council of Advisors, and is a member of the AAPI Leaders Forum and the LEAP Ambassador Community. He has served previously on a number of boards and committees, including the Independent Sector Board, the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee, and the Institute for College Access and Success Board, and he has chaired the Board of Innovations in Civic Participation.

Structuring for Success

Marquette Ballroom I-II

Funders know that building strong partnerships with stakeholders and grantees is crucial for creating change in communities and on crucial issues. Foundation leaders’ decisions about how they structure their organizations — defining roles, building staff, creating process, and managing culture — enable or inhibit the success of program officers and other staff in creating meaningful relationships. In this session, hear brief presentations from CEP and three funders engaged in efforts to define and create conditions for success in their organizations. Then join in table discussions about how these dynamics play out at your organization.

Breakout session