Introducing the Institutional Challenge Grant Selection Committee

We are pleased to announce the Institutional Challenge Grant Selection Committee, a distinguished group of individuals who are deeply committed to advancing the work of research-practice partnerships, creating institutional change, and reducing inequality in youth outcomes.

Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant program encourages research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

Each member brings unique experiences and expertise to the Selection Committee, and we greatly value and appreciate their assistance in launching the Institutional Challenge Grant program.

Institutional Challenge Grant Selection Committee

Maria Cancian

Selection Committee Chair

Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, and affiliate and former Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Elaine Allensworth

Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on School Research

University of Chicago

Marc Atkins

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research

University of Illinois at Chicago

Allison Blake

Commissioner

New Jersey Department of Children and Families

Adam Gamoran

President

William T. Grant Foundation

Michael Gottfredson

Professor, Criminology, Law & Society

University of California Irvine

Ritu Khanna

Chief of Research, Planning, and Assessment

San Francisco Unified School District

Sumie Okazaki

Professor of Counseling Psychology

New York University

Pedro Reyes

Ashbel Smith Professor of Education Policy

University of Texas at Austin

Estelle Richman

Former Chief Operating Officer

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Robert Sellers

Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, and Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Education

University of Michigan