This event has been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.
This year’s School Research Partnership event will feature Lisa Gennetian, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at Duke University and David Reese, president and CEO of the Durham Children’s Initiative.
Gennetian is an applied economist whose research straddles a variety of areas concerning child poverty, from income security and stability to early care and education with a particular lens toward identifying the causal impacts of child poverty on children’s development.
She is a co-PI on the first multi-site, multi-year randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low income mothers of infants in the U.S. called Baby’s First Years. She also launched the beELL initiative, applying insights from behavioral economics to design strategies to support parent and family engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, existing childhood interventions. Dr. Gennetian has a body of research examining poverty among Hispanic children and families, serving as a PI on several grants and a co-PI directing work on poverty and economic self-sufficiency at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families.
Reese has over 25 years of experience in non-profit operations and leadership development, with particular expertise in community development and aligning systems and partners to improve outcomes for families and children and youth. He has led the Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) through incredible growth since he joined the organization as its first (and only) president and CEO in 2010. Under his leadership, the Durham Children’s Initiative has raised nearly $15 million dollars in support of families and children in Durham, expanded from a team of 2 to 25 (with over 50 staff seasonally), and has served over 2,000 young people.
Throughout his career, Reese has been passionate about creating opportunities for low-wealth families and developing ecosystems in which families, children, and youth can thrive. He believes that complex issues such as poverty, health, social mobility, and food security require holistic, collective, and community-based solutions.