Convening of Regional Education Funder Networks
Supporting the Field of Education Philanthropy
May 28 – 29, 2008 ■ St. Paul, MN
Mary Jo Dunnington, project director-education funders initiative, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Mary Jo Dunnington is a consultant with The 360 Group, an organizational effectiveness firm that specializes in working
with foundations. She is currently working with the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers as director of the initiative that
member foundations have undertaken to identify collective priorities for K-12 education funding and policy efforts.
Dunnington previously worked for the Partnership for New York City, which engages CEOs and civic leaders in efforts to
strengthen the New York City economy. In her role as chief operating officer, she led the Corporate Affairs department
and served as the primary liaison with the New York City Department of Education for public-private collaboration, which
included raising $37 million in private-sector support to launch the New York City Leadership Academy. She also worked
in business development roles at govWorks, an Internet startup, and American Express. Hapgood began her career in the
Geography Education Program at the National Geographic Society.
Hapgood earned an M.B.A. and an M.A. in education from Stanford University. A North Carolina native, Mary Jo has
recently moved back to Chapel Hill, N.C., with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and 10-year-old cat.
George E. Espy, president, Ohio Grantmakers Forum
George E. Espy is the president of Ohio Grantmakers Forum, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. He has been with the
Forum since 2000, having served as the director of its Northeast Ohio office for two years before assuming his present
position. Prior to his work with the Forum, he was the executive director of Seventh Generation, a nonprofit environmental
Espy is on the board of directors of the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers and serves as chair of its Strategic
Planning Committee. He is also a member of the Council on Foundations’ Public Policy Committee. He has earned two
graduate degrees from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Espy is married with three children and lives in Dublin, Ohio.
Lisa A. Gray, project director-education initiative, Ohio Grantmakers Forum
Lisa A. Gray has her own consulting practice, specializing in public policy development, government relations, advocacy,
strategic planning and project management with an emphasis on public education. Her clients include the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, Achieve and Ohio Grantmakers Forum, among others.
Prior to starting her consulting practice, Gray was the director of policy and communications at Battelle for Kids from
2001-2005. Battelle for Kids, a non-profit organization, was created by the Ohio Business Roundtable to champion
improved student achievement in Ohio by supporting, accelerating and sustaining standards-based education. In 2000,
she served as project director of the Governor’s Commission for Student Success. Gray was recruited to work for the
commission after her work developing and managing the Governor’s Workforce Policy Board in 1999 where she served
as a special assistant at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. Gray also is the former deputy executive assistant to
Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka and served in a number of positions at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce
from 1989 to 1997.
Prior to relocating to Columbus with her husband in 1989, she served as a teacher in Indiana. She and her husband have
Bobbi Hapgood, executive director, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers
Bobbi Hapgood is executive director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, a membership organization of over 80
foundations and corporate giving programs. She joined the network in 2005 after a career with many nonprofit
organizations including the Center for Child & Family Health, Voices & Choices of the Central Carolinas and the Natural
Resources Defense Council.
Hapgood also serves and has served on the board of several foundations and nonprofit boards including the Educational
Foundation of America, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, North Carolina Environmental Defense, NC
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Conservation Network, ecoAmerica and the NC Coastal Federation. She received her masters degree in environmental
management from Duke University.
Jim Honan, senior lecturer on education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
James Honan is senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has served on the faculty since
1991. He also is educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management and has been a faculty member with
the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, the Management Development Program, the ACRL/Harvard Leadership
Institute, the Principals' Center and the Harvard Institute for School Leadership, among others.
Honan has taught in executive education programs around the world, and he holds an M.A. and Ed.S. from George
Washington University and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.
Richard Moore, president, Weaver Foundation
Richard L. (Skip) Moore is president of the Weaver Foundation, a family foundation serving Greensboro, N.C.. The
Weaver Foundation was formed in 1967 by Mike Weaver and his father Herman as a way to support activities and causes
that benefit the greater Greensboro area. Since its founding, the foundation has been interested in supporting community
involvement, environmental activities, educational development, helping the disadvantaged, and promoting racial and
Moore is involved in a number of community activities including serving as chair of Action Greensboro (a community
development collaborative of seven Greensboro foundations), board member of the Greensboro Partnership, and chair of
the Guilford Education Alliance. He also is a member of the Council on Foundations Board of Directors, where he chairs
the Membership Committee. Prior to joining the Weaver Foundation, he had a 30-year tenure in higher education. A
native of El Paso, Tex., he received his master’s and doctorate from the University of Memphis. He and his wife have two
Chris Tebben, deputy director, Grantmakers for Education
Chris Tebben is deputy director—and the newly appointed executive director, effective June 7—of Grantmakers for
Education, a national network of nearly 250 foundations, grantmaking organizations, companies and donors who are
working to improve student achievement and opportunity. As deputy director, she has overseen development of the
organization’s programming, which includes a variety of seminars and conferences designed to help foundation staff and
trustees as well as corporate grantmakers to improve the impact of their education giving.
Prior to joining Grantmakers for Education, Chris directed a social change initiative at the Commission on Children,
Families & Community of Multnomah County, a volunteer citizen commission that coordinates children’s policy and
programming in the greater Portland area. Her work there incorporated community organizing and social marketing
principles to encourage more community support for young people. Chris has also served in a variety of other roles at
education research and policy organizations. Chris earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley. She is
the mother of two young sons and an active school and community volunteer.
Helen Williams, program director, The Cleveland Foundation
Helen W. Williams currently serves as program director at The Cleveland Foundation overseeing grantmaking in all areas
For the past 25 years, Williams has held a number of executive and consulting positions in the non-profit, public and
corporate sectors focusing on strategic planning and leadership development. From 1983-1991, as a senior staff member
to Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, she directed the State of Ohio’s regional office in Cleveland. In 1991, Williams worked
with the mayor and local business and civic leaders to create the Cleveland Summit on Education, and she worked for the
summit in both a staff and consultant capacity. She also has served as an executive coach and consulted in the areas of
leadership development and program evaluation with a number of corporations and non-profit organizations including
Coca Cola, KeyBank, the Bush Educators’ Program and the Pogue Institute for Management and Leadership.
Williams completed her Ph.D. in organizational behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western