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The Board of Directors

Robert B. Rogers, Chairman
Chairman Emeritus
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Astrid Merget
Dean, Indiana University, Bloomington
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Bert Berkley
Chairman of the Board
Tension Envelope Corporation
Trabian Shorters
Technology Works for Good
Michael Brintnall
Executive Director
American Political Science Association
Evan Stewart, Vice Chair
Leadership Information Systems
Stephen A. Burch
President, Mid-Atlantic Division
Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.
Linda Tarr-Whelan, Treasurer
Ambassador, Chair of the Board
Center for Policy Alternatives
Rob Collier
Council of Michigan Foundations
Elizabeth Van Benschoten
Office of Public Liaison
Corporation for National Service
Edward Ferguson, Secretary
Deputy Executive Director
National Association of Counties
David Vidal
Director of Research
Conference Board
Badi Foster
President & CEO
Phelps-Stokes Fund
Patrick Von Bargen
Executive Director
National Commission on Entrepreneurship
Robert Goodwin
President & CEO
Points of Light Foundation
Alfred White
Asheville NBA Development Team
Sandra T. Gray, President
Centerpoint for Leaders
Karen Young
Youth on Board

John W. Gardner
Government, Education, Philanthropy
October 8, 1912 February 16, 2002
John Gardner served as an advisor to Centerpoint for Leaders
and assisted us in the early development phase of the organization.

About the President and CEO

Sandra Trice Gray, CAE
1400 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 200005

Sandra Trice Gray is President of the Centerpoint for Leaders, an organization established to help leaders realize their potential, the potential of others with whom they are working, and the potential of an initiative or organization.

Ms. Gray has a proven record of success in coalition building and is recognized nationwide as an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness. At all levels, she is an astute champion of inclusionary politics, pluralism, and the kind of partnerships between government, business, the nonprofit sector, and neighborhoods which engender a sense of community nationwide.

As a former vice president of Independent Sector, she provided leadership, with 850 voluntary organizations, corporations and foundations that are national and international in scope, to establish policies that impacted these organizations. She is a spokesperson on leadership issues and diversity/inclusiveness. Ms. Gray's strong background in management and administration is complemented by her ability to create and implement policies that enhance citizen participation and improve quality of life. Ms. Gray served as co-chair of the Alliance for National Renewal and Sustainable Communities. It is significant to note that she directed the exploratory/organizing phases, established Secretariat of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and served as Interim Director.

Prior to Independent Sector, Ms. Gray was Executive Director of the National School Volunteer Program. She has also served as a Commissioner for Intergovernmental, Interagency and Community Liaison U.S. Office of Education; the Assistant and Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Education; and Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. She earlier had an extensive career as an educator and administrator on the state and local levels. Ms. Gray was the first black to teach in the desegregated public school system of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Ms. Gray serves on several national, state and local nonprofit boards and commissions. She has published articles on such topics as community involvement, business and education partnerships, leadership and management, diversity/inclusiveness, and giving and volunteering. Her publications include: Evaluation With Power; Key Ethical Questions for Grantmakers and Grantseekers; Creating Community, Association Management; In Promoting Diversity, Charities Should Lead by Example, The Chronicle on Philanthropy; Public-Private Partnerships: Prospects for America&Promise for African Americans, The State of Black America 1992; and Profiles of Excellence: Achieving Success in the Nonprofit Sector. Wrote "leading column" in Association Management for the American Society of Association Executives 1995 to 1996.

A recipient of numerous honors and recognitions, she was a member of a delegation of American women leaders to the Soviet Union, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and was chosen as one of America's Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women. She was also a member of the President's Committee on Education Partnerships. She is a member of the American Management Association, American Society of Association Executives, The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Ms. Gray is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).


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