David Maurrasse, Ph.D. – Founder & President

David J. Maurrasse, Ph.D.

Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advice and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships. Marga coordinates the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. Dr. Maurrasse serves as the Director of this growing network of over 800 members, which is an action-oriented learning community promoting the engagement of enduring institutions (e.g. universities and medical centers) in community and economic development.

Marga also coordinates the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group (REPG), which engages a cluster of member foundations in strengthening policies and practices on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, and the Ford Foundation are among the many foundations which have participated in REPG.

Numerous foundations and universities have received assistance from Marga over the years.  Maurrasse is a Senior Fellow at the New World Foundation.  Marga is a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers.  Marga’s work has taken Dr. Maurrasse across the United States, as well as to Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. 

Since 2000, Dr. Maurrasse has been affiliated with Columbia University, where he currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Scholar. His periodic course, Strategy, Community Partnerships and Philanthropy exposes Columbia graduate students in the School of International and Public Affairs to emerging trends in creative philanthropic and community development strategies to address critical social issues.  From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Maurrasse has published numerous books, including Strategic Public Private Partnerships: Innovation and Development (2013), Listening to Harlem (2006), A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004), Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities Form Partnerships with Their Communities (2001).  His most recent book project, Philanthropy and Society (2019) will explore how strategic philanthropy can better include the perspectives and participation of grantee communities.  Maurrasse has served on numerous boards, two of which he has chaired. He is currently a Trustee at Bucknell University.  He is a member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, which periodically convenes in various parts of the world. Maurrasse has keynoted several conferences, focusing on how to leverage institutional resources to meet pressing social and economic needs.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

For all speaking engagements for Dr. Maurrasse, please contact Marga (margainc at margainc.com). To tune into Dr. Maurrasse’s blog, click here