Announcing the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Aspen Fellows for 2016 


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Jacksonville, FL – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are proud to announce the 2016 class of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Aspen Fellows at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival June 26-29.  The Fellows were selected by Aspen Institute leaders from a competitive field of national nominees who are leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qualities of Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

For nearly 65 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have provided philanthropy to American higher education, medicine and health care, interfaith leadership and religious pluralism, and to public educational media for children and for historical and scientific documentaries for national distribution.

Since 2005, the Aspen Ideas Festival has been the nation’s premier convening of leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

Through funding provided by the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the 2016 AVDF Aspen Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other Festival attendees, including more than 350 thought leaders in science, health, business, politics, religion, technology, the arts, the environment and academia. The Fellows’ presence will enrich the Ideas Festival and will help to inform the philanthropic plans and priorities of the Foundations in the coming years.

“The Aspen Ideas Festival experience is intellectually invigorating and highly engaging,” said Nancy J. Cable, president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. “The Foundations are committed to investing in leaders who have contributed to their fields of expertise. The AVDF Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome them as our 2016 AVDF Aspen Fellows.”

2016 Arthur Vining Davis Fellows

  • Dr. Lori Alvord, Chief of Surgery, Banner Page Hospital, Page, AZ
  • Mr. Brad Bates, Head of School, Dublin School, Dublin, NH
  • Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu, President, Mind and Life Institute, Hadley, MA
  • Dr. Brian Bridges, Vice President, Research and Member Engagement, United Negro College Fund, Washington, DC
  • The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Pastor, Riverside Church, New York, NY
  • Dr. Greg Cajete, Director of Native American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Dr. Garikai Campbell, Provost, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. Alonzo Emery, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • Maj. Michael Filanowski, Operational Planner, US Army, Platte City, MO
  • Dr. Stefan Gorsch, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Dr. Max Holmes, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA
  • Dr. Charles Iacovou, Dean, School of Business, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Dr. Hari Stephen Kumar, Director of Instructional & Curricular Design Services, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • Ms. Nadia Malik, Co-Founder, The Global Partnership for Women and Girls, San Francisco, CA
  • Ms. Audrey Moran, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL
  • Ms. Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Dr. Moses Pava, Dean, Yeshiva University, New York, NY
  • Mr. Will Perreault, Executive Staff, Special Assistant to the CEO, Self-Help Ventures Fund, Greenville, NC
  • Ms. Georgette Chapman Phillips, Dean, College of Business and Economics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • Dr. Stephen Prothero, Professor, Department of Religion, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Ms. Rachel Reiser, Assistant Dean, Questrom School of Business, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Fr. Donald Senior, Chancellor and President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL
  • Dr. Dena Simmons, Director of Implementation, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, New Haven, CT
  • Dr. Erika Walker, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Ms. Kristi Walters, Special Counsel and Chief Talent Officer, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte, NC
  • Ms. Caitlin Werrell, Co-Founder & President, Center for Climate Security, Washington, DC
  • Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, Senior Scholar & Writer, Project Drawdown, Sausalito, CA


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