Your Brain on Giving

Your Brain on Giving

  Speaking in Maine features Eleanor and FDR’s granddaughter, Anne Roosevelt. She discusses the legacy of her grandparents and the dynamics of giving during a program sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation.

In her talk, Ms. Roosevelt considers how challenging times may help us assess what we are doing to make our communities places where everyone can live. Referencing her grandparents and modern neuroscience, she addresses the challenges of philanthropy today.

Anne Roosevelt began her professional career when she joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University. She taught museum studies and worked on the Kentucky Museum staff for nearly eight years. In 1983, she moved to Chicago where she became the first director of the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park College.

In 1987, Roosevelt pursued her lifelong interest in politics, working for the Democratic National Committee. In 1989 she managed U.S. Senator Paul Simon's Chicago office and then his successful campaign for re-election in 1990. In 1991, she became the first executive director of the Museums in the Park, an organization representing the political interest of the nine museums located on Chicago Park District land.

From 1996 through 1998, Roosevelt was director of the Mayor’s Office of Program Development for the City of Chicago. From January 1998 to 2001, she served as executive director of the Brain Research Foundation, an affiliate of the University of Chicago. When the Boeing Company relocated to Chicago, Roosevelt became director of Community and Education Relations for its corporate offices.

As vice-president of Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship program, Anne Roosevelt provides philosophical and strategic direction to the company’s integration of citizenship goals. She also leads a network of U.S. and international community investors addressing needs of communities where Boeing has a business presence.

Roosevelt is a trustee of Roosevelt University where she chairs the advisory committee for the Center for New Deal Studies. She is also a trustee of Spelman College; is a member of the advisory boards of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation, and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; and co-chairs the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in New York.

Born in Pasadena, Calif., Roosevelt holds a B.A. in art and art history from Stanford University and an M.A. in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a camp in central Maine.

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