Measurement and Accountability
Debra Joy Pérez
As a member of the leadership team, Pérez provided vision and strategy for RWJF’s research and programmatic activities, helping to develop the foundation’s research policy, vision, strategic planning, cost-effective grant making and best-practice methodologies. She represented research and evaluation activities to external organizations, government agencies, partner institutions and grantees. Pérez has also served as assistant vice president of the Research and Evaluation Unit from 2010 until her appointment as interim vice president last year.
Early in her career, Pérez was special assistant to the president of the Government National Mortgage Association as part of the National Urban and Rural Fellows Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her relationship with RWJF extends to 1997, when she began a three-year stint as deputy director for the Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives, where she organized and conducted applicant outreach and support. She was a research fellow at the foundation before being named a research and teaching fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication at the Rutgers University; a master’s degree in social science at University of Kent in Canterbury, England; a master of public administration degree at Baruch College at the City University of New York; and a Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University.
Structures for Systemic Change
This revolutionary initiative will become a national model/framework for building community wellness, resiliency, prevention and family support. Magnolia Community Initiative seeks to help ALL of the 35,000 children and youth within 500 blocks achieve success in education, health and receive nurturing care and economic stability form their families and community. Most recently, under Alex’s leadership, Children’s Bureau launched the Belong Institute to serve as a “national megaphone” for learning from the Magnolia Community Initiative. Belong Institute will promote replication nationally of the community wellness framework through training and advocacy. Alex has a Masters degree in social work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.
In Milwaukee, Clark led the development of a dynamic growth and impact agenda, launching innovative programs that drove outcomes in literacy, high school graduation, teen services and college preparation. He achieved seven consecutive years of revenue growth and added 17 new service locations. He also significantly increased average daily attendance and frequency, and more than doubled the staff. As a result of the organization’s work in literacy and its proven outcomes, he secured a $4.1 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to take the literacy program to scale. Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, with 700 full- and part-time employees and 300+ volunteers, comprise 40 Club locations serving some 35,000 young people annually. Jim also has for-profit experience in the publishing industry, where he served in senior leadership roles in distribution, sales/marketing and customer service operations. He led new business development, acquisitions and mergers as well as process improvement initiatives. For 10 years Jim was an active member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Friends Board, and knows Boys & Girls Clubs thoroughly, from both board volunteer and executive leadership perspectives.
Today Clark leads the largest network of facility-based youth development organizations in the world. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 1,100 local affiliates operate nearly 4,000 Club locations throughout the nation and in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. With a combined staff of more than 50,000 full- and part-time employees and some 200,000 board and program volunteers, the organization annually serves some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Club programs help young people achieve academic success and healthy lifestyles, develop good character, and engage in citizenship and public service.
Clark received his Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in finance and marketing, from the University of Wisconsin. Jim and his wife Samantha have two sons. BGCA’s national office is headquartered in Atlanta.
Johnstad has an MA degree in International Administration and Cross-Cultural Training from the School for International Training in Vermont. Additionally she holds training certifications in three areas that are relevant to the proposed work: (1) performance and leadership coaching (New Ventures West), (2) peer-based learning and network development (Authenticity Consulting), and (3) the application of complexity science to human system improvement (Human Systems Dynamics).
She works primarily with leaders and change agents in large not-for-profit youth- serving systems and facilitate their vision of strengthening multi-sector collaboration and community transformation.
Kristin spent more than decade at Search Institute as the senior consultant working with organizations and communities. Prior to that role, I was with YMCA of the USA and led civic engagement, social innovation and community action models through YMCA movements around the globe.
Local Youth/Community Development
His years and experience as a Music-Therapist working with special needs and institutionalized children have prepared him for the task of using music as a pedagogic and therapeutic tool to preventatively address social issues that adversely impact our children’s lives, while supporting children’s social development. Presently, Atención Atención is the first children’s program made in Puerto Rico, winner of two Emmy Awards.
Gonzalez serves as a mentor and advisor for Grupo Guayacan, Inc. a private-sector driven, non-for-profit corporation whose goal is foster high-impact venture creation in Puerto Rico. Partner and advisor in Gustazos.com, a highly successful group-discount site in the Caribbean.
“I like to find opportunities, associate the right people and execute on the endeavor. In business and in life, it’s about finding great people to walk with me along the way… I’m close to my family and happily married. Strive to succeed and achieve the vision of what I’ve set for myself to accomplish and make a positive difference.”
Arthur is a candidate for an MA on the History of Decorative Arts from Smithsonian-George Mason University, Washington, DC and has a BFA on Image and Design from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico. In 2010, as senior partner in Rubberband, LLP, received the BID10 Award of the 2010 Biennale of Latin American Design in Madrid, Spain for the design of the exhibition “Hacia un nuevo rumbo” (Museo Casa Roig, Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2009). He has participated in multiple conferences and publications about design, design history and technology in Puerto Rico, Washington, DC, Finland, Cyprus and Argentina.