Jacqueline Copeland-Carson is the USA executive director of the African Women’s Development Fund USA. An anthropologist and urban planner, she has worked as a philanthropy scholar and practitioner for almost 30 years in Africa, Brazil, India, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. She has been an executive, evaluator, or researcher with numerous foundations, including the Philadelphia Foundation, Noyes, Women’s Funding Network, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Institute for the Future, Bertelsmann, and U.S. Bank Private Client Group. Dr. Copeland-Carson’s influential writings examine issues in transnationalism, social theory, evaluation, diaspora studies, women’s leadership, and development. Also a philanthropy blogger for The Huffington Post, her publications include Pan-Africanizing Philanthropy (co-edited by Mojúbàolú Olufunke Okome and Olufemi Vaughan, Palgrave 2011), Kenyan Diaspora Philanthropy (TPI/Harvard University 2007), Promoting Diversity in Contemporary Black Philanthropy (Indiana University 2004), Creating
Evaluation Anthropology (with Mary O. Butler; Wiley & Sons/NAPA 2005), and Creating Africa in America (University of Pennsylvania 2004). In 1998, she was a recipient of the Bush Foundation’s prestigious Leadership Fellowship for her contributions as an activist scholar. As a volunteer, she has been on the boards of more than 20 nonprofit organizations, and in 2003 founded the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), a growing 400-member diaspora philanthropy community. Dr. Copeland-Carson holds two master’s degrees, one in urban planning and the other in cultural anthropology, with a Ph.D. in anthropology (African/African diaspora and South Asian concentrations), all from the University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate degrees are
from Georgetown University in literature, with a certificate in African studies from its School for Foreign Service.
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