She also oversees grants in the Voluntary Family Planning portfolio, which includes research and programs intended to help families achieve their ideal family size. Clement was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. She has published articles on the topics of positive youth development and character development.John Cunningham is the Program Officer for the Public Engagement department.She oversees and coordinates the selection of and the logistics for one of the Foundation’s affiliated programs, the Templeton Prize.
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Joanna Almond oversees planning and implementation of the Annual Members and Trustees Meeting, Corporate Meetings, Board of Advisors Meetings, and other Foundation events.
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Prior to joining the Foundation, he held an adjunct faculty position in Biology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. Richard Bollinger is responsible for the management of the full life cycle of the grant process and the development of new funding initiatives within the Character Virtue Development and Voluntary Family Planning funding areas. She worked previously in the private client group at Dechert, LLP, an international law firm in Philadelphia, where she focused on U. and international estate and tax planning and on tax-exempt and other nonprofit organizations in the U. He also served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Innsbruck, Austria. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s digital properties and its branding and messaging efforts.
He is a licensed clinical psychologist and previously worked as the Director of Psychotherapy Services at the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania’s Outpatient Psychiatry Center. He is responsible for raising awareness of the Foundation’s extensive grantmaking and philanthropic activities, including the Templeton Prize. Carlson served as Director of Public Affairs at a Beijing-based strategic communications agency, where he managed a team that advised Fortune 50 firms including Apple and Amazon on their China operations.
Nicholas Gibson is responsible for developing grant programs on the scientific study of religion and non-religion, the psychology of virtues and character strengths, and the interface between spirituality and health.
He has a particular interest in projects taking a cognitive approach to these areas. Gibson studied psychology and physiology at the University of Oxford and received his Ph. in psychology of religion from the University of Cambridge.
Serving in an advisory role and then in an executive leadership position, he helped launch and develop Geneva Global, a recognized leader in philanthropic advisory services for international development.
While at Geneva Global, he developed innovative methods for assessing philanthropic return on investment, quintupled grant research and evaluation operations, and implemented a global IT infrastructure in a developing world context.