First Annual PNY Policy Forum Honoring Janice Nittoli: An Evening with John King

Thursday, January 18, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York; 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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The Philanthropy New York Policy Forum is sponsored by PNY’s Board Alumni group. The PNY Policy Forum will present discussions with major public policy leaders highlighting contemporary issues of concern to the philanthropic community and  will examine the intersections of government and philanthropy. 

This year’s PNY Policy Forum honors the work of Janice Nittoli, a former Philanthropy New York Board Member, who passed away in the summer, 2017. Nittoli served as The Century Foundation’s president from August 2011 to March 2014, when she retired due to illness. During her tenure, Nittoli revitalized TCF, nearly doubling the foundation’s endowment and adding sixteen new policy experts to TCF’s roster. She was previously the associate vice president and managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation and a senior executive at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She also served as president of the National Center for Health Education and has held positions in the New York City Department of Health, Human Resources Administration, and Board of Education.

The Forum’s name recognizes the essential role Janice Nittoli played in advancing Philanthropy New York public policy work. In 2010, when the organization’s Board and members were considering how the regional association of grantmakers should most effectively and appropriately advocate on behalf of the area’s philanthropic sector and educate other sector leaders about its strengths and limitations, Nittoli was an eloquent and convincing voice in the discussion.  She was crucial in securing a major grant from The Rockefeller Foundation that provided Philanthropy New York with the capacity to plan and build an organizational structure for taking positions on issues and advancing programmatic efforts to support members working to deepen intersectoral relationships.

A Conversation with John B. King, Jr.

The first annual PNY Policy Forum will be an opportunity for Philanthropy New York members to talk with John B. King, Jr., CEO of The Education Trust, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and former New York State Education Commissioner.  King is also a board member of PNY member The Century Foundation.

Following welcome and introductions from Century Foundation President Mark Zuckerman and Richard Tofel, founding general manager of ProPublica, King will give a brief talk, followed by questions and conversation with PNY members.  A reception and informal conversation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Before becoming U.S. Secretary of Education, King served since January 2015 at the Department as principal senior advisor. In that role, he carried out the duties of the deputy secretary, overseeing all preschool-through-12th-grade education policies, programs, and strategic initiatives, as well as the operations of the Department. King carried out this work with a focus on increasing equity, improving educational outcomes for all students, and closing achievement gaps through implementation of key administration priorities in areas including early learning, elementary and secondary education, special education, English language acquisition, and innovation.

In performing the duties of the deputy secretary, King also oversaw the Department's work leading cross-agency collaboration for President Obama's My Brother's Keeper task force, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all young people are able to reach their full potential.

King currently leads The Education Trust, a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students.

  • Current national and local thinking about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation.
  • Getting to real equity in education, and its relationship to diversity in schools, both in New York City and across the nation.
  • Policy opportunities in today’s political environment.


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All interested funders.


3:45 - 4:00 PM  Check-in
4:00- 5:15 PM  Program
5:15 - 6:00 PM  Reception

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Committee for Equitable and Inclusive Philanthropy

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