Do Foundations Fund Critical Work?

Updated: Jul 13


Moderated by Dr. Odis Johnson Jr., ICQCM Director and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Johns Hopkins University






Dr. Fabienne Doucet is a Program Officer at the William T. Grant Foundation and an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and Urban Education in the department of Teaching and Learning at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean

Studies. Doucet has a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from UNC-Greensboro and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation.





Dr. Monica B. Mitchell, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MERA. A trained engineer and mathematics educator, Dr. Mitchell launched MERA in 2008 in response to the growing need for content expertise in evaluation research focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. In 2019, she was recognized as a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise owner for her exceptional entrepreneurial accomplishments, high level of professionalism and substantial contributions to the community. Dr. Mitchell has experience with grants management and administration through her experience as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, and as a former Senior Program Officer with New Visions for Public Education in New York City. Dr. Mitchell possesses her Ed.D. and Ed.M. in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University as well as her Masters of Science from the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of California Los Angeles.







Gabriela López, Director, Research to Practice Measures at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Chan Zuckerberg is a non-profit organization that aims to advance human potential and promote equality. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Prior to her current position, Lopez was a Senior Research Associate and Project Director at WestEd.