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Milken Institute establishes inaugural advisory board for its Center for Strategic Philanthropy

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Milken Institute establishes inaugural advisory board for its Center for Strategic Philanthropy


Washington, D.C. – August 18, 2020 – The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is proud to welcome its first ever advisory board, a group of 11 philanthropic leaders who will help advise CSP’s ongoing efforts to shape the future of philanthropic giving to make the field more strategic and impactful.

The board will provide guidance and perspectives across a range of areas, offer insights on industry trends, network and portfolio expansion, and lend overall leadership to the social impact sector in the U.S. and around the world.

The Board has been intentionally recruited to reflect a diverse, inclusive representation of the range of stakeholders, issues, and geographies where CSP works. The board comprises high-profile strategic philanthropists, domain experts, and global influencers, including:

  • Cindy Citrone, Founder and CEO of the Citrone 33 Foundation and EMBRACE Pittsburgh

  • Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

  • Simone Friedman, Head of Philanthropy & Impact Investment, EJF Philanthropies

  • Badr Jafar, CEO, Crescent Enterprises and Founder, Pearl Initiative

  • Larry Kramer, CEO, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Laurence Lien, Co-Chair & CEO, Asia Philanthropy Circle

  • Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

  • Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Cofounder, Motsepe Family Foundation; Founder, African Fashion International; and Chancellor, University of Cape Town

  • Justin Rockefeller, Co-Founder, The ImPact

  • Marilyn Simons, President, Simons Foundation

  • LaJune Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“As the philanthropy landscape continues to evolve, with new models, new kinds of partnerships and more vehicles to spur giving, these individuals have navigated the challenges and made an impact in their own communities and around the world,” said Melissa Stevens, Executive Director of CSP. “Their knowledge will help guide other social investors along their giving journeys and ensure the field of philanthropy is smarter and more effective, especially given the scale of the challenges we are experiencing now.”

To date, the Milken Institute Center for Strategic philanthropy has influenced more than $1 billion in philanthropic capital across biomedical innovation, strategic giving and portfolio building, education, environment, and biodiversity. For more information please visit

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About the Milken Institute

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About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy advises individuals and foundations seeking to develop and implement transformational giving strategies. In addition, we provide resources and leadership to make the philanthropic landscape more effective. Our vision is for a more effective philanthropic ecosystem where dollars are spent strategically, donors realize the impact they seek, and people and the planet thrive. Visit