Program Officer, Performing Arts Program
Ron Ragin joined the Performing Arts Program in November 2008 and previously worked with the president and vice president on foundation-wide strategy, evaluation, and special initiatives. Before joining the Foundation, Ron was as a senior research analyst at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, working with U.S. foundations to help them define, assess, and improve their social impact and conducting research on foundation strategy. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy and concentration in Social Policy: Discrimination, Crime, and Poverty. As an undergraduate, Ron was an African Service Fellow through Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service and worked at the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, developing arts program strategy and teaching music and performance studies classes in township schools. He is a vocalist (primarily jazz, blues, and funk) and a poet and is working on his first book of poems.