Roger joined the Barr Foundation in the newly-created role of vice president in July 2016, overseeing the Foundation’s program, learning and evaluation, and operations activities.
Roger brings experience across corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. He served most recently as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, working with the Department and the White House to advance equity, innovation, and quality outcomes in higher education. Before joining the Department, he spent nearly nine years at Brown University, where he served as an academic dean, oversaw three centers, and co-taught a course on the theory and practice of philanthropy. Prior to Brown, he worked for the Hitachi and GE foundations in a number of roles from 1994 to 2005, culminating in the position of executive director of the GE Foundation.
Roger currently chairs the board of Innovations in Civic Participation and has served previously on a number of boards and committees, including the Independent Sector board, the Council on Foundations Corporate Committee, and the Institute for College Access and Success board. Roger lives in Rhode Island with his wife, three teenagers, and two dogs.