Jeannie Oakes

Director of Education & Scholarship at Ford Foundation

Jeannie Oakes

Jeannie Oakes

Director of Education & Scholarship at Ford Foundation

Biography

Jeannie Oakes is Presidential Professor Emeritus in Educational Equity at UCLA, where she founded UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access; the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity; and Center X, UCLA’s urban teacher preparation program. She is also Senior Fellow in Residence at the Learning Policy Institute. In 2014, she completed a 6-year term at the Ford Foundation as Director of Educational Opportunity and Scholarship programs worldwide. Oakes’ scholarship examines the effect of social policies on the education of low-income students of color, and it investigates equity-minded reform. Oakes’ books include Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality (first edition published in 1985 and second edition in 2005), Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform (with UCLA colleagues), and Learning Power (with UCLA colleagues). She has received four major awards from the American Educational Research Association (Early Career, Outstanding Research Article, Outstanding Book, and Social Justice in Education Research), and holds the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Education Research Association; the Multicultural Research Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, the World Cultural Council’s Jose Vasconcelos Award in Education, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Ralph David Abernathy Award for Public Service. Oakes is Past President of AERA and presided over the Association during its 2016 Centennial Year.

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President at Ford Foundation

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President at ConnectEd the California Center for College and Career

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Former Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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Director at ConnectEd the California Center for College and Career

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Director at ConnectEd the California Center for College and Career

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Former Vice President of Individual Philanthropy at Genesys Works, Inc.

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Regional Chancellor at University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee

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Owner at The IRC Group LLC

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Ph.D. in Education

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities. Learning and teaching at UCLA are guided by the belief that undergraduate, graduate and professional school students and their teachers belong to a community of scholars. This community is dedicated to providing students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of disciplines followed by the opportunity for in-depth study in a chosen discipline. All members of the community are engaged together in discovering and advancing knowledge and practice. Learning occurs not only in the classroom but also through engagement in campus life and in communities and organizations beyond the university.

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Current

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances the highest quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. Since its establishment, NAEd has undertaken research studies that address pressing issues in education and that typically include both NAEd members and other scholars with an expertise in a particular area of inquiry. In addition, members are deeply engaged in NAEd’s professional development fellowship programs focused on the rigorous preparation of the next generation of scholars.

Career History
Director of Education & Scholarship
Current

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

Boards & Committees
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Prior
Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Ford Foundation’s pioneering, decade-long International Fellowships Program (IFP) supported advanced studies for social change leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations. The program was established in 2001 with an initial grant of $280 million—the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. By 2013, more than 4,300 fellows from 22 countries—spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East—completed graduate or postgraduate degree programs.

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CONNECTED: THE CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER IS DEDICATED TO ADVANCING PRACTICE, POLICY, AND RESEARCH AIMED AT HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE PREPARE FOR BOTH COLLEGE AND CAREER THROUGH LINKED LEARNING - A HIGH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT APPROACH

Political Donations
$1,000
2008

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
Educational Press Association of America - Distinguished Achievement Award
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