The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to welcome Alex Doñé and Elizabeth Birr Moje to our our Board of Trustees.
Alex Doñé is a Managing Director at Platinum Equity, where he is responsible for global functions related to strategic planning, investor capital development, and other firm leadership initiatives. Previously, he was the Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer for the New York City Comptroller’s Office Bureau of Asset Management. Earlier in his career, Doñé held a key position as part of President Barack Obama’s administration, providing advice as a Presidential Appointee at the US Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Doñé holds an AB from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he was awarded the Martin A. Dale Scholarship for academic distinction. His term as Trustee begins in October 2022.
Elizabeth Birr Moje, whose term begins in December, is Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the School of Education. A former high school history and biology teacher, Moje’s research examines young people’s navigations of culture, identity, and literacy learning in and out of school in Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of multiple books and journal articles, and in 2010 was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, with colleague Bob Bain, for their work to improve teacher education. Building on more than 20 years of working with Detroit teachers and students, Moje serves as founder and leader of University of Michigan School of Education’s role in the Detroit P-20 Partnership, a collective impact strategy aimed at supporting community-engaged development through enhanced education opportunity for children and families in Detroit communities. Moje’s term as Trustee begins in December 2022.
Foundation President Adam Gamoran remarked: “Alex and Elizabeth will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Board. With his prominent experience both in business and in public service, Alex is uniquely positioned to support the Foundation as we aim to grow and deploy our endowment to pursue our mission. Elizabeth’s distinguished academic career and her partnership work in the Detroit community aligns well with the Foundation’s interests in reducing inequality and building bridges between research, policy, and practice. We are fortunate to have two worthy successors to our retiring trustees, Judson Reis, president of Sire Management Corporation, and Prudence Carter, the Dowling Professor of Sociology at Brown University, whose terms are ending this year.”