Board of Directors

Dr. Susan Raymond

Executive Vice President for Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Planning, Changing Our World

Dr. Susan Raymond is the executive vice president for research, evaluation and strategic planning for Changing Our World.  In February of 2011, Dr. Raymond was honored with the Women in Excellence and Achievement Award by Women United in Philanthropy.

Dr. Raymond has extensive experience in research, analysis and planning, most recently with the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.  At the Academy, she created the first technology and public policy program, and then became the director of strategic planning and special projects.  Prior to this, Dr. Raymond was a project officer at the World Bank and a senior consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and to various private organizations including the Carnegie Corporation, specializing in healthcare and international economic research.  She has led the formation of private foundations in Poland, Croatia and Hungary and written business plans for foundations in India and Thailand.  Under her leadership and during the political transition, Friends of Litewska Hospital became one of the first and most successful private philanthropies in Warsaw, Poland. 

During 2005 through 2007, Dr. Raymond was the foreign policy and research advisor to the bipartisan Congressional Commission studying the effectiveness of public and private foreign assistance, the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Commission.  Dr. Raymond is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Prosperity in Washington, D.C., a faculty lecturer at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University and a member of the Advisory Boards of The Global Index of Philanthropic Freedom and America’s Unofficial Ambassadors.  In 2012 she was appointed to the Board of CRDF Global by the Director of the National Science Foundation. 

Dr. Raymond serves as chief analyst for  Her original research papers, Nonprofit Hospitals in America: Lives, Jobs and Philanthropy and Enabling the Progress of the Mind: Trends in Higher Education Philanthropy, and a variety of other original studies are available at

Dr. Raymond's most recent book is Finance for Hard Times: Nonprofit Revenue Strategies in Economic Crisis, which was published in the fall of 2009.  She is also the author of Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy and The Future of Philanthropy: Economics, Ethics, and Management, published by Wiley and Sons in 2007 and 2004 respectively.  She has published extensively in the areas of philanthropy, economics, health care and corporate responsibility in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Development Economic Reform Today, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of Healthcare Administration Education, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.  Dr. Raymond is also a project team member of the Macroeconomics of Cardiovascular Disease project of the Center for Macroeconomics and Health of the Earth Institute at Columbia University under Jeffrey Sachs.  She is co-author of the recently released A Race Against Time: The Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Economies.  The report was covered in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine Asia, New England Journal of Medicine, and British Medical Journal.

She is a regular international conference speaker on the future role of philanthropy in economic growth and civil society.  Susan earned her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in a joint program with the School of Hygiene and Public Health.  She has been elected a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Cosmos Club.  She has worked on philanthropy and economic development projects throughout Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.  

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