The Center Announces Cinny Kennard as New Board Chair

Cinny Kennard
Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation


August 30, 2022 – The success of The Center over the last twenty-two years is largely attributable to the wise counsel, inspiration, and support of its Board of Advisors. As such, we are pleased to announce that Cinny Kennard of the Annenberg Foundation has agreed to serve as board chair, working closely with Dean Dana Goldman, Center Director Jim Ferris, and a distinguished group of philanthropic leaders who guide The Center as it builds on its accomplishments in its third decade.

Cinny Kennard is the Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in January 2015, she was the Senior Vice President in charge of Programming at the Smithsonian Institution. In that role, she created partnerships with the Smithsonian involving national and international partners for special educational and media initiatives; managed the programming relationships in the joint venture between the Smithsonian and Showtime/CBS known as the Smithsonian Networks; and brought President Obama for a first-ever interview on Smithsonian Channel. She serves on the editorial advisory board of Global Post, an online international newsgathering operation; the DuPont Columbia University Jury; and is a longtime member of the Trusteeship of the International Women’s Forum. Cinny is also a Senior Fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.

The CPPP Board of Advisors is comprised of leaders who represent the full spectrum of philanthropy – family foundations, community foundations, and corporate leadership positions. They enrich discussions about The Center’s next phase of work, ensuring that the work continues to be at the forefront of thought leadership, as well as building upon its national reputation for rigorous, useful, and usable analysis. With the board’s support, the Center is committed to strengthening philanthropy through sharing knowledge and building networks among foundation leaders and philanthropic families.

The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy promotes more effective philanthropy and strengthens the nonprofit sector through research that informs philanthropic decision-making and public policy to advance community problem solving. The Center is a part of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, which works to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.

For more information:
Please contact 
Bhanu Anton CruzSenior Associate Director, The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at [email protected] or (213) 740-1776.