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Charles Rodgers

President of New Community Fund

Mr. Rodgers is president of the New Community Fund, a family foundation focused on civic and social issues. It is active in promoting civic engagement, voter registration and turnout in communities of color in Boston, and in fostering policies to reduce the influence of money in politics. Mr. Rodgers is a trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art, a board member of the Institute for America’s Future, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., past president and current director of the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Boston, and a member of the Democracy Alliance. From 1988 through early 2003, Mr. Rodgers was chairman and co-owner of WFD, a firm providing services and consulting advice to corporations seeking to create more effective and family-friendly workplaces. He conducted extensive employee research within large companies, focusing on the impact of changing demographics on business practice, and developed techniques to increase employee commitment and retention. Mr. Rodgers was also a vice president at State Street Bank & Trust Company in Boston, a manager at a social science consulting firm, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Mr. Rodgers received his B.A. from The School of International Service at The American University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis University.