Dr. Gail C. Christopher
We spoke with Dr. Christopher for the first time last fall and were immediately struck by her deep knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the philanthropic sector today. She brings a clear-eyed understanding of systems of power and oppression, and a robust analysis of how SVP can move toward more equitable and just outcomes in our work. Yet it is her warmth, welcoming nature, and focus on healing and love that we find so critical for our Global Summit conversations.
Dr. Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the world’s largest philanthropies.
She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF-led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher. Over the last ten years she has had responsibility for several other areas of foundation programming. These include, Food, Health and Well-Being, Leadership, Public Policy, Community Engagement and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico.
In August of 2017, Dr. Christopher left her leadership position with WKKF to launch the Maryland based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature; and to devote more time to writing and speaking on issues of health, racial healing and human capacity for caring. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health.
I am honored to accept the invitation to keynote this conference and am eager to share lessons learned about the power of the philanthropic sector to help heal our expanding societal divides. I have learned that the sector can play a vital, healing role during these times of accelerating polarization.
— Dr. Christopher
is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good, where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green).
He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).
Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press.
He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.
The SVP community are pioneers in bringing capital back to earth, helping to build a resilient and healthy economy in the face of economic and ecological transition. I am thrilled to join the SVP community in April to discuss the power of ‘bringing wealth home’ at a time of extreme wealth inequality.
— Chuck Collins