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The Learning Conference 2011

June 6–7, 2011

Baltimore, MD

Short Talk — Philanthropy's Role in Helping Inform Government Policy

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 3:05 PM–3:30 PM EDT
Tuscan Room (Third Floor)
Session description

Research underwritten by philanthropy has directly influenced government policy on a number of occasions. By conducting and sharing findings about the best use of particular social change strategies, private grantmakers can provide key insights that inform decisions at the federal, state and local levels. Thomas Kalil will challenge philanthropy to consider how more of this research can be done jointly with the government and will urge grantmakers to commit to making all research publicly available.

Participant learning goals

• Learn about the impact of research on government work.
• Explore how philanthropy and government can together produce findings that help shape government policy.

Intended learning level

Activation — exposure to new ideas you maybe haven’t heard before


Thomas Kalil, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
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Speaker Biography

Thomas Kalil is currently serving as the deputy director for policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and senior advisor for science, technology and innovation for the National Economic Council. Kalil is on leave from University of California, Berkeley, where he was special assistant to the chancellor for science and technology. In 2007 and 2008, Kalil was chair of the Global Health Working Group for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Kalil served as the deputy assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy and the deputy director of the White House National Economic Council.

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