Roger joined the Barr Foundation in the newly-created position of vice president in July 2016. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s core programs in arts & creativity, climate, and education; learning and evaluation; and overall operations.
Roger brings experience across corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. Before coming to Barr, he served 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. He previously 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 serves on Independent Sector’s Public Policy Committee and the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity’s Council of Advisors, and is a member of the AAPI Leaders Forum and the LEAP Ambassador Community. He 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, and chaired the board of Innovations in Civic Participation. Roger has three children and lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two dogs.