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Our Next “Future of the Social Sector” Webinar

Our Next “Future of the Social Sector” Webinar

In the wake of 2020’s society-wide displacementsArabella Advisors has launched a series of virtual convenings, conversations, and publications focused on the future of the social sector and philanthropy’s role in it. Our first event brought together hundreds of funders, investors, activists and frontline changemakers for a conversation on What Comes Next for Philanthropy with a focus on how the field can better build and embody racial equity.    

Now, we invite you to join our next virtual conversation: 

Promoting the Public Welfare: Reassessing the Role of Philanthropy and Government
May 12, 2021 at 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. ET | Click here to RSVP 

Our next session will feature Cecilia Muñoz and Xavier de Souza Briggs in discussion with our CEO, Sampriti Ganguli. Together, they will explore questions about the proper roles of government and philanthropy, and how each can—and should—bolster the capacity of the other to provide for the public good.  

While the pandemic has pointed up shortcomings in our governmental institutions, it has also highlighted their critical importanceMeanwhile, increasing political polarization has undermined public trust in government, hindering its capacity and effectiveness and undermining the stability of our democracy. How can philanthropy not only serve as a stopgap for governmental failures, but help restore public trust in government and its capacity to address society’s most important challenges and problems? Join us to explore these topics and more.  

RSVP to join us via Zoom on May 12 from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. ET/11:00 am to 12:15 p.m. PT.  

More on our participants: 

Cecilia Muñoz is a national leader in public policy and public interest technology with nearly three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and eight years of service on President Obama’s senior team. She joined New America Foundation in 2017 as a vice president, leading local initiatives and building a team on public interest technology. She returned to New America as a senior advisor in early 2021 after taking leave to lead the domestic and economic policy team at the Biden/Harris Transition. She has also recently joined the board of directors for the Joyce Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Kresge and MacArthur Foundations. In 2020, she published the award-winning More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You…and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise, which shares insights from her career as well as the careers of other notable women of color. 


Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and an expert on economic opportunity and inclusive growth, housing, racial inequality, urban and regional development, and democratic governance, both in the United States and abroad. An award-winning educator and researcher, he is also an experienced manager in philanthropy and government. In 2020, he served as distinguished visiting professor of business, public service, and sociology at New York University and was a volunteer on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, conducting agency reviews, serving on the volunteer interviewer corps, and advising on business recovery, climate action, racial equity, worker empowerment, philanthropic partnerships, and other issues.  


Sampriti Ganguli is Arabella Advisors’ chief executive officer, a role she’s held for the past six years. Prior to Arabella, Sampriti worked at CEB, now Gartner, advising C-Level executives on risk management, governance and finance and legal operations. She also worked with 220 federal agencies in the US and Canada as they developed best-practices in personnel and operational management. She started her career in management consulting at Deloitte. In her free time, she is an Officer of the Election in Arlington County, VA where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons. 


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