Steering Committee

Duke University

  • Gary Bennett, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ebony Boulware, Vice Dean for Translational Sciences, Duke School of Medicine
  • Kelly Brownell, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
  • Gavan Fitzsimons, R. David Thomas professor of marketing and psychology, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
  • Jay Golden, Associate Professor of the Practice, Duke’s Nicholas School for the Environment
  • Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Mark McClellan, Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Public Policy,
  • Subhrendu Pattanayak, Professor in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Eliana Perrin, Professor of Pediatrics, Duke’s School of Medicine
  • Tim Profeta, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Founding Director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Steven Sexton, Assistant Professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Valerie Sabol, Professor in Duke’s School of Nursing
  • Mary Story, Professor in Community and Family Medicine, Duke’s School of Medicine
  • Jeff Vincent, Korstian Professor in Forest Economics and Management in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment
  • John Virdin, director of the Coastal and Ocean Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
  • Gene Washington, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University and President and CEO of Duke University Health System
  • Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies a Duke’s Divinity School
  • Gavin Yamey, Professor of the Practice of Global Health in Duke’s Global Health Institute

Duke Student Members

  • Niisoja Torto, Public Policy and Global Health Undergraduate Student
  • Julian Xie, Master of Public Policy and Duke Medical School Student
  • Xinyan Lin, Doctoral Student in Environmental Management

City of Durham

  • Steve Schewel, Mayor of Durham

East Durhams Children’s Initiative

  • Barker French, Retired Investment Advisor; Community Volunteer

Helius Foundation

  • Geraud Staton, Executive Director and Founder of Helius Foundation

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.

  • Reuben Blackwell, President and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.

North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations

  •  Sue Perry Cole, President/Chief Executive Officer

North Carolina State University

  • Nancy Creamer, Professor and Director Center For Environmental Farming Systems at North Carolina State University
  • Richard Linton, Dean, Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation

  • Merry Davis, Program Officer

Conetoe Baptist Church

  • Reverend Richard Joyner, Pastor of the Conetoe Baptist Church in rural North Carolina

Self-Help, Inc.

  • Martin Eakes, Chief Executive Officer

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • Elizabeth Frankenberg, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Carolina Population Center at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
  • Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition at UNC

The Duke Endowment

  • Susan McConnell, Director of Higher Education at The Duke Endowment
  • Robb Webb, III, Director of The Duke Endowment

RTI, International

  • Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI, International

Wake Forest University

  • Rogan Kersh, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, and Provost, Wake Forest University