Promoting the Public Welfare: Reassessing the Roles of Philanthropy and Government

Promoting the Public Welfare: Reassessing the Roles of Philanthropy and Government

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:15pm CDT
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Promoting the Public Welfare: Reassessing the Roles of
Philanthropy and Government
May 12, 2021 at 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. CT
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Arabella Advisors' upcoming session features Cecilia Muñoz and Xavier de Souza Briggs in discussion with our CEO, Sampriti Ganguli. They will explore questions about the proper roles of government and philanthropy, and how each can—and should—bolster the capacity of the other to provide for the public good.  

While the pandemic has pointed up shortcomings in our governmental institutions, it has also highlighted their critical importance. Meanwhile, increasing political polarization has undermined public trust in government, hindering its capacity and effectiveness and undermining the stability of our democracy. How can philanthropy not only serve as a stopgap for governmental failures, but help restore public trust in government and its capacity to address society’s most important challenges and problems? Join us to explore these topics and more.  

RSVP to join us via Zoom on May 12 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. CT

More on our featured speakers:


Cecilia Muñoz is a national leader in public policy and public interest technology with nearly three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector and eight years of service on President Obama’s senior team. She joined New America Foundation in 2017 as a vice president, leading local initiatives and building a team on public interest technology. She returned to New America as a senior advisor in early 2021 after taking leave to lead the domestic and economic policy team at the Biden/Harris Transition. 


Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and an expert on economic opportunity and inclusive growth, housing, racial inequality, urban and regional development, and democratic governance, both in the United States and abroad. An award-winning educator and researcher, he is also an experienced manager in philanthropy and government. 


Sampriti Ganguli is Arabella Advisors’ chief executive officer, a role she’s held for the past six years. Prior to Arabella, Sampriti worked at CEB, now Gartner, advising C-Level executives on risk management, governance and finance and legal operations. She also worked with 220 federal agencies in the US and Canada as they developed best-practices in personnel and operational management. In her free time, she is an Officer of the Election in Arlington County, VA, where she lives with her husband and two teenage sons.


We hope you can join us via Zoom on May 12 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. CT/11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. PT



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