Philanthropy and Inequality


Thursday, November 5, 2020, 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for its signature weekly series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, featuring Black, Indigenous, People of Color scholars, activists, and community leaders, and experts from the Global South. Hosted and facilitated by Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse, the series also aligns with a course they will co-teach this fall at the Harvard Kennedy School on Economic Justice: Theory and Practice. 


  • Dr. Carmen Rojas | President and CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation 
  • Dr. Maribel Morey | Founder, Miami Institute of Social Sciences and international historian

Dr. Carmen Rojas is the president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Carmen Rojas was the Co-Founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and government leaders to create replicable and revenue-generating solutions that improve conditions for low-wage workers. For more than 20 years, Carmen has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and non-profits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. Prior to building The Workers Lab, Carmen was the Acting Director of Collective Impact at Living Cities. She supported 22 of the largest foundations and financial institutions in the world to invest in improving economic opportunity for low-income people by supporting projects in the fields of economic and workforce development, energy efficiency, and asset building. From 2008 to 2011, Carmen was the Director of Strategic Programs at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s Green Access and Civic Engagement programs. Alongside her work at the foundation, Carmen also taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to this, Carmen was the Coordinator of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s Taskforce on African American Out-Migration to address African American displacement from the city.

Dr. Maribel Morey is the founder of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences, established in the summer of 2020. She is the founder and co-editor of HistPhil, a site on the history of philanthropy established in 2015.  She is working on two book projects. The projects are based on extensive archival research, which she has conducted over the span of a decade, on the Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Ford foundations from their geneses to the late twentieth century. The first book, White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order, is forthcoming in 2021 with The University of North Carolina Press. The book details the colonial African roots to Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944), a leading work of postwar racial liberalism in the US commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The second book details when and why elite foundations such as the Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford foundations became particularly invested in the U.S. civil rights movement.  

Virtual Event Details: 
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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