Meet the Judges

Get helpful feedback from experts selected for their knowledge and expertise.

Evaluation Panel

Evaluation Panel members will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications after Evaluation Panel review, up to five Finalists will be named. 

Randy Albelda

Professor & Senior Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts Boston

M. V. Lee Badgett

Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Megan Bang

Senior Vice President, Spencer Foundation

Lisa Bates

Associate Professor, Portland State University

Sarah Bohn

Director of Research & Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Thomas Boston

Professor Emertius of Economics & International Affairs, Georgia Tech

​Jyothsna Buddharaju

Senior Director, Special Initiatives, Boston University

William Buster

Executive Vice President, Community Investments, St. David's Foundation

​Elizabeth U. Cascio

Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College

Karen Chapple

Professor & Chair of City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Eric Chatman

Executive Vice President & CFO, Housing Partnership Network

Sam Cobbs

President, Tipping Point Community

Betsy Cohen

Executive Director, World Trade Center St. Louis

Dalton Conley

Professor of Sociology, Henry Putnam University

Salvador Contreras

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Reid Cramer

Director, Asset Building Program, New America

​Sheldon H. Danziger

President, Russell Sage Foundation

Melany De La Cruz-Viesca

Associate Director, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA

David Dodson

President, MDC

Patricia Donahue

Policy Fellow, George Mason University

Andrew Dunckelman

Head of Education & Economic Opportunity,

​Gerard D’Souza

Dean, College of Agriculture & Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University

Elizabeth Ellison

President & CEO, Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation

Ellie Forman

Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, Mesirow Financial

Jesscia Fulton

Economic Policy Director, The Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

Dreama Gentry

Executive Director, Partners for Education, Berea College

Bob Giloth

Vice President, Center for Economic Opportunity, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Susan Gooden

Interim Dean, School of Government, Virginia Commonwealth University

Christopher Grandy

Retired Professor, University of Hawaii (Manoa)

Bob Greenstein

Founder & President, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities

Raquel Hatter

Managing Director, Human Services Program, The Kresge Foundation

​Hilary Hoynes

Professor of Economics & Public Policy, University of California Berkeley

Ianna Kachoris

Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, Chicago Community Trust

Kilolo Kijakazi

Institute Fellow, Urban Institute

Rachel Korberg

Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Haydar Kurban

Director, Howard University Center on Race and Wealth

Ronald A. Johnson

Fmr. President, Clark Atlanta University

Susan Lambert

Associate Professor University of Chicago

Henry Lanier

Board Member, Westport, MA Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Anne Lebleu

Principal, BDT & Company

Ruth Lopez Turley

Professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University

Odetta Macleish-White

Managing Director, TransFormation Alliance

Dwayne Marshall

Vice President, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga

Annalisa Mastri

Senior Researcher, Mathematica

Aparna Mathur

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Patrick McCarthy

Fmr. President & CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Heather McGhee

Distingushed Senior Fellow, Demos

Tawa Mitchell

Senior Program Officer, Chicago Commitment, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Fernando Montejo

Senior Officer, Economic Prosperity Community, Solve MIT

Jennifer Ng'andu

Managing Director, Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Paul Ong

Research Professor, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

Al Osborne

Senior Associate Dean & Professor of Global Economics, UCLA

Deborah Padgett

Professor, New York University

Nisha Patel

Managing Director, Narrative Change & National Initiatives, Robin Hood Foundation

Lizz Pawlson

Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy & Management, Blue Meridan

​Hilary Pennington

Executive Vice President for Program, Ford Foundation

​James Peoples

Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Maria Socorro Pesqueira

President, Healthy Communities Foundation

​Daniela Pineda

Vice President, Integration & Learning Division, First 5 LA

Dwight Poler

Senior Analyst, Bain Capital

Elena Chavez Quezada

Senior Director, Expanding Access to Opportunity, San Francisco Foundation

Lynette Rawlings

Founder & CEO, The Policy Academies

Bob Reid

CEO, JF Maddox Foundation

Art D. Rodriguez

Vice President & Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Carleton College

Stephanie Russo Carroll

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

​Kelly Suzanne Saulsberry

Director of Policy & Outreach, City of Chicago

​Rachel Schneider

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Aspen Institute

​Steven G. Seleznow

President & CEO, Arizona Community Foundation

Eldar Shafir

Professor of Behavioral Science & Public Policy, Princeton University

Trina Shanks

Director of Community Engagement, University of Michigan

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America

Michael Smith

Director, Youth Opportunity Programs & Executive Director, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Obama Foundation

Robert D. Smulian

Executive Director, The Imlay Foundation

Brenda Solorzano

Headwaters Foundation

Laura Staley

Senior Officer, Gates Foundation

James Sullivan

Gilbert F. Schaefer College Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

​Anne Stuhldreher

Director, Financial Justice Project, County of San Francisco

David Takeuchi

Professor & Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence, University of Washington

Mark Turner

Founder and CEO, Optimal Solutions Group

​Claudia Withers

COO, Civil Rights Corps

​​Gay Young

Vice President, Donor Services, The New York Community Trust

Andrea Zopp

President & CEO, World Business Chicago

James Ziliak

Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics, University of Kentucky

Selection Committee

In partnership with Lever for Change, the Selection Committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to five Finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, rank order, organizational capacity, geographic diversity, and feasibility. The donor will make final determination of the Finalists and Winner of the Economic Opportunity Challenge. 

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