Cory S. Anderson, Executive Vice President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF), will serve as the guest speaker during Fall Convocation at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on Tuesday, November 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex. The event is free and open to the public.
As executive vice president, Anderson is responsible for managing the Foundation’s Program Team and leading the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts. Anderson came to WRF in 2008 after seven years with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, where he supported state-level child advocacy organizations and helped to lead the KIDSCOUNT Initiative.
A variety of job experiences prepared him for his work with the Foundation. As a reporter with the Arkansas Gazette, Anderson researched and reported on education and youth violence. His roles as a juvenile probation officer, as a program coordinator for a direct service program that provided an array of services to families and children, and as a state program specialist with the Corporation for National Service with responsibility for 25 AmeriCorps VISTA projects add valuable knowledge and skills. Anderson also served as a gang intervention specialist and later as a jobs program specialist with New Futures for Youth.
In addition to working for the Annie E. Casey Foundation during his time away from Arkansas, he was manager of partner development at the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C.
Anderson formerly served on the boards of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Health Policy Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. He currently serves on the board of College Ready Now. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Anderson University.
Anderson is married to Dr. Phillis Nichols-Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of a national educational management organization. The Andersons have four children – two in college, one making movies in Hollywood, and a practicing attorney. They also have two grandchildren.
For more information about the event, contact the Office of the Chancellor at (870) 575-8470.