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Nonprofit-Academic Partnerships Pre-Conference Workshop

Pre-Conference Session Wed, Nov 15 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Room: Narcissus
  • Bok Jeong - Associate Professor
    Dr. Bok Gyo Jeong is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Kean University in the United States. His research interests include comparative civil society, global/transnational policy issues, nonprofit higher education, social entrepreneurship, social economy, UN-NGO partnership, coproduction, collaborative governance, and collaboration between government and nonprofits. As a pracademic, he serves on multiple boards of nonprofits, including the ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples (supporting gender violence victims and internally displaced children in Africa) and the Institute for Social Equity and Environmental Sustainability (enhancing social equity values and offering training/workshops on equity/sustainability). He engages with government-civil society partnerships such as the Union County Task Force of New Jersey and consults with NGOs with UN Economic and Social Council Consultative Status
  • Mark Brewer - President/CEO
    Central Florida Foundation stewards philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families, and nonprofits. We partner with people who are determined to make a difference in their community. Knowing that true change demands more than dollars and cents, we foster collaboration, fuel ideas, and spearhead innovation that will transform our region for good. It all began in 1994 as a dream around a table of local, passionate people and has grown to be one of the community's most trusted resources. Mark joined the Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for building community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measurable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 150 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark's assistance through the Foundation with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on the independent sector, philanthropy's role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the independent sector's public policy role. In his leadership role at the Central Florida Foundation, Mark frequently advises private and corporate foundation grant makers across the region and plays a public policy advisory role on strategy and advisory boards around the state of Florida. Mark began his career in the media as a reporter, anchor, and journalist. His background includes more than a decade as a management consultant in the private and independent sectors, leading merger and acquisition strategies for cross-sector initiatives. Later, as a licensed investment professional, he assisted clients with estate and planned giving strategies. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, a master's degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®. His graduate studies include work in policy and law at Walden University. Mark has played a leadership role in national and community initiatives. His service focus is on organizations that grow philanthropy or play strategic grant-making and public policy roles. At the national level, Mark has chaired strategy initiatives and think tanks. At the state level, Mark is a past Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grant makers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education, and public policy, and is a past Chair of the Community Foundations of Florida, the statewide association of community foundations. In the Central Florida region, Mark serves on the Orlando Economic Partnership board, a public-private partnership working to create quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity, and a sustainable quality of life for the region; Chair of the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) Deans Advisory Council at UCF; and is a member of UCF School of Public Administration Nonprofit Advisory He is also a Foundation for Orlando's Future board member. Most recently, Mark was named one of Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the year for 2021 and identified as one of Orlando Business Journal’s 2021 Power Players. The program identifies 50 Central Florida business leaders who are helping grow and innovate the way business is done throughout Metro Orlando. Contact Information: Mark Brewer Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ® President/CEO Orlando, FL 32803
  • Nathaniel Wright - Associate Professor
    Nathaniel S. Wright, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Rutgers University-Camden. Dr. Wright’s research portfolio is a diverse nexus of social science, and urban studies research with emphasis on projects exploring topics involving nonprofit community-based organizations and sustainable development. He is also co-editor of a book entitled Performance and Public Value in the Hollow State: Assessing Government–Nonprofit Partnerships
  • Robbie Robichau - Associate Professor
    Dr. Robbie Waters Robichau is an Associate Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she teaches Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Volunteer and Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations, and Capstone. Her capstone courses have worked with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, Texas Coalition of Child Welfare Boards, and Allies Against Slavery. Throughout her career, Dr. Robichau has engaged extensively with the community through her research and practice. Since 2010, she has volunteered and managed summer camps as well as mentoring programs for youth who are in foster care in Arizona, Georgia, and Texas. She received the Arizona Golden Rule Citizen Award for her volunteer work. Currently, she serves on the board of Voices for Children, CASA of the Brazos Valley. Dr. Robichau’s research examines issues of nonprofit management and accountability, capacity and evaluation, and meaningfulness in public service work
  • Thomas Bryer - Professor
    Dr. Thomas Bryer is Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida and in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. His research focuses on the design of institutions to promote civic engagement and civically healthy communities. He is the author or editor of nine books, including the forthcoming Integrating Community Engagement in Public Affairs Education: Solutions for Professors Working in Divisive Environments, and the newly or soon-to-be released, Teaching Democratic Ideals to Public Affairs Students: Findings and Reflections from Diverse Course Designs and Lithuania's Question for Self-Determination: Municipal Responses to National Emigration. He also serves as director of community-engaged scholarship at UCF Downtown and formerly as director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
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