Announcing the Arthur Vining Davis Fellows at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

Jacksonville, FL – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are proud to announce the inaugural class of the Aspen Arthur Vining Davis Fellows at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in July.  The Fellows were selected by the Aspen Institute 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 Mr. Arthur Vining Davis, the longtime CEO of the Alcoa Corporation.

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 deep and inquisitive consideration of ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times. Similarly, for nearly 65 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have provided philanthropy across America to higher education; medicine and health care; theological education and religious pluralism; public educational television for children and historical and scientific documentaries for national distribution through PBS and other producers of film.

Through funding provided by the Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Aspen AVDF Fellows will have the opportunity to network with other Festival attendees, including more than 400 thought leaders in science, health, business, politics, religion, technology, the arts, the environment and academia. The Fellows’ presence will enrich the Ideas Festival and their insight will then 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 emerging leaders and in providing them with this unique opportunity.  I am thrilled to welcome them as our colleagues.”

2015 Arthur Vining Davis Fellows:

  • Parvez Ahmed, Professor of Finance, Fulbright Scholar, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
  • Abdullah T. Antepli, Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University, Durham, NC
  •  Mialisa Bonta, Founder and CEO, The Literacy Lab, New York, NY
  • Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor, University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Ann Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC
  • Jack Donahue, Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA
  • Kevin Donovan, CEO, Mt. Ascutney Hospital, WIndsor, VT
  • Bhumika Gandhi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Gregory Giornelli, Purpose Built Communities, Atlanta, GA
  • Lillian Giornelli, CEO, The Cousins Foundation, Inc.; Founder, Purpose Building Communities; Director, East Lake Project; Atlanta, GA
  • Wesley Hall, CEO Student Empowerment Institute, Los Angeles Unified Schools, Los Angeles, CA
  • Happy Haynes, President, Board of Education, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
  • Kimberly Jackson, Chaplain, Absalom Jones Episcopal Center, Atlanta, GA (Absalom serves students from Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Morris Brown and Spelman)
  • Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY 
  • Nathan Kennedy, Agroforestry Expert, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
  • Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA
  • Chris McCain, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Organizations Serving Young Adults – Forum for Theological Education, Decatur, GA
  • Audrey Moran, Senior Vice President, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL
  • Maggie Pax, Director of Integration Planning, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Boston, MA
  • Jan Rizzuti, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
  • Dena Simmons, Associate Director, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence, New Haven, CT
  • Kenji Summers, UMass-Amherst Class of 2008; Founder of Passport Life Project, Brooklyn, NY
  • Natasha Ushomirsky, K-12 Senior Data and Policy Analyst, The Education Trust, Washington, DC
  • David White, Veteran, J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • Kenita Williams, District Partnerships Manager, Atlanta Public Schools; formerly Senior Program Manager of Public Policy & Special Projects, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Atlanta, GA
  • John Wilson, President, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
  • Wenying Xu, Provost, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville FL
  • Annie Yin, Graduate Student (pursuing Master’s degree in International Business), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 

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