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Cecilia Conrad

Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation


Cecilia A. Conrad, Ph.D. is a Managing Director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her portfolio includes the MacArthur Fellows program, the MacArthur Award for Effective and Creative Institutions and 100&Change. She is a member of an executive leadership team that led a complete restructuring of the Foundation’s work and organization.
Before joining the foundation in January 2013, she had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. She served as Associate Dean of the College (2004-2007), as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (2009-2012), and as Acting President (Fall 2012). Conrad has also served as interim Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College.

Conrad's academic research and teaching focus on the effects of race and gender on economic status. Her co-edited text, African Americans in the US Economy, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2005 and, in 2002, she was recognized as California's Carnegie Professor of the Year.

Cecilia is deeply engaged in efforts to diversify the professorate. She chaired the NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, served two terms as a board member of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics, and was the first director of the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status Minority Groups in the Economics Profession’s mentoring program.