Phil Henderson, Surdna Foundation's President, reflects on the mission, goals, and programs of the social justice family foundation.

From the President

  • Exciting Changes to Surdna's Board

    I'm writing to share some wonderful news. Our board has elected Jocelyn Downie, a fifth generation member of the John E. Andrus family and a prominent scholar, as its next chair. Surdna's board also elected Tracy Palandjian, an innovator in impact investing, as its newest member. See our press release for more detail.

  • Rebuilding our regional food infrastructure: My meeting with USDA’s Tom Vilsack

    Last week, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and I met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss how Surdna and other foundations might partner with USDA to strengthen rural-urban connections.

  • Up and Running: Reflections on Surdna’s September 2013 Board Meeting

    Starting this month, Laura Flanders, the lead reporter on the series, will be traveling the country asking the question: what makes for a strong local economy? And she’ll find people who are answering that question in unique ways.

Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation

Phillip W. HendersonA national leader among family foundation executives, Phil Henderson has focused Surdna on collaboration both internally across programs, and externally among funders within the foundation's issue areas. He has committed the foundation to using social justice as a compass to guide the systemic change Surdna aims for in its mission.

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