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Susan Raymond, Ph.D.

Susan Raymond, Ph.D. is Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Program Integration at Edmundite Missions in Selma, Alabama and Chief Operating Officer of Edmundite Missions Enterprises, the social enterprise arm of the Missions.  She is also Senior Advisor to Changing Our World, Inc., of which she was a co-founding partner before undertaking a two-year assignment in Selma.

Susan has extensive experience in research, analysis and planning.  She has held positions with the New York Academy of Sciences, where she founded the public policy program, The World Bank, the Center for Public Resources, and US Agency for International Development.  In February of 2011, Women United in Philanthropy honored Susan with the Women in Excellence and Achievement Award.  In September 2014 she received the John and Patty Noel Humanitarian Award for her work in global health and development.  Susan received an Agency Commendation from the U.S. Agency for International Development for her work in Eastern Europe.

In 2012 the Director of the National Science Foundation appointed her to the Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation.  In 2014 she was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to an organizing committee for a national survey of research and development in the nonprofit sector.  She is a faculty lecturer at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition, most recently on the increasingly similar problems of poverty and health between rural communities in the U.S. and those in emerging economies.

She is a regular international conference speaker on the future role of philanthropy in economic growth and civil society, and has published four books and many professional articles on the changing philanthropic landscape globally.  Her most recent book, Recession, Recovery and Renewal: Long-term Nonprofit Strategies for Rapid Economic Change was released by Wiley in 2013.  Her most recent publishing has been on issues of U.S. rural poverty and the philanthropic role in reaching rural areas with economic opportunity.

Susan earned her BA Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College and her MA 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 worked on philanthropy and economic development projects throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.


FORGING FORWARD 2021 Virtual Summit

Changing Our World’s Virtual Summit took place on April 14th to 16th.