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2020 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Faith Mitchell

Dr. Faith Mitchell is an Institute Fellow, with the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. There her work is at the intersection of health policy and other key social issues such as housing and equity, as well as building the American Transformation Project, a new effort that will evaluate the impact of racial and ethnic evolution on the nation’s future.

Previously, Faith served 7 years as President and CEO of Grantmakers in Health (GIH). As a leader in health, health philanthropy and public policy, she helped connect policy and practice with an eye toward the particular roles that grantmakers and nonprofits can play. She generated support and operating revenue and built external visibility with funders, partners, policy leaders at the federal, state and local level, media and other constituents. Dr. Mitchell also served five years as GIH’s vice president for Program and Strategy and was responsible for the development and implementation of programs and products in current and emerging areas of institutional interest, including access to health care, racial and ethnic health disparities, health care quality, international health, mental health, health promotion, women’s health, and public policy strategies.

Over a 10-year period, Dr. Mitchell worked at the National Academy of Sciences serving as a Senior Program Officer with the Institute of Medicine and in a leadership role with the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Well grounded in the work of the nonprofit sector, Faith has previously served in a grantmaking role with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation.

Her academic training was in anthropology at University of Michigan and University of California, Berkeley; in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Policy at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Mitchell brings to Connections 2020 a dearth of experience and expertise uniquely positioned at the intersection of health, philanthropy, policy, and equity.

Daniel E. Dawes, JD

Daniel E. Dawes, JD, is a professor of health law and policy, the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Executive Director of Health Policy at Morehouse School of Medicine, and co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN). A scholar, attorney and health policy expert in the movement to advance health equity among under-resourced, vulnerable and marginalized communities, Dawes brings a forward-thinking, inclusive and multidisciplinary approach to health policy, and has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the United States. A published expert on health reform, health equity, health disparities, behavioral health, and social determinants of health, Dawes is the author of two groundbreaking books published by Johns Hopkins University Press: 150 Years of Obamacare and The Political Determinants of Health. He has worked on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the leadership of Senator Edward Kennedy where he advised the Senator and committee members on issues related to health care, public health, employment, education, and disability law and policy. Dawes has also served as a health policy fellow to the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust under the leadership of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen, MD, on legislative efforts related to health system transformation, health disparities, disability, and emergency preparedness. He is the recipient of several national awards and recognition. Dawes received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Nebraska.

Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith serves as Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), which advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Among PSE’s notable accomplishments was the creation the American South’s first equity mapping and framing tool, the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, and co-authoring numerous reports including: “Growing the Future: The Case for Economic Inclusion in Metropolitan Atlanta”, and “Employment Equity: Putting Georgia on the Path to Inclusive Prosperity”. PSE also led a coalition of diverse stakeholders to support a $13 million transit referendum that expanded Atlanta’s metropolitan transit system into a new county for the first time in 45 years.

A child of Civil Rights Movement and Atlanta native, Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Morehouse College and a Master of Science from the New School.

Among many his many accomplishments, The Huffington Post honored Nathaniel as one of the eight “Up and Coming Black Leaders in the Climate Movement” in 2017. Nathaniel was also named to the Grist 50 by Grist Magazine in 2018 and designated one of the 100 “Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2018 and 2019.

Smith’s advocacy activities were instrumental in the ratification of a 15 percent set aside of Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District (TAD) dollars for the development and maintenance of affordable workforce housing within the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area – $250 million dollars over the 25-year lifespan of the Atlanta BeltLine TAD.

Questions about our Connections conference? Contact:
Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Phone: 404.653.0990

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