William F. L. Moses, The Kresge Foundation

TITLE: Managing Director

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education opportunities 

CONTACT: wflmoses@kresge.org, 248-643-9630

IP TAKE: Moses controls big grant money at Kresge in the hopes of exacting the biggest change in higher education for traditionally underserved populations and first-generation college students.

PROFILE: Currently Managing Director of Education at The Kresge Foundation, William F.L. Moses weaved his way through California, Alaska, the Eastern Seaboard, and South Africa before landing in the Great Lakes State of Michigan.

After graduating from California's Claremont McKenna College, Moses switched coasts and furthered his at Yale University, where he earned a master's degree in international relations.

After completing his own academic chapter at Yale, Moses stayed involved in all things education-related through a number of positions he held before joining The Kresge Foundation. He served as executive director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in Rhode Island, as an analyst in the South Africa Department of the Investor Responsibility Research Center, and as a research officer at TechnoServe.

Moses' work has also served the government-sector through an administrative position with Alaska's state legislature, eventually transitioning to the federal government at the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. His work in South Africa led to him coauthor the book Corporate Responsibility in a Changing South Africa and to cofound the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group in 2000. Moses also serves as cochair of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa.

Moses began his career at The Kresge Foundation in 1997 as a program officer, eventually working his way up to senior program officer and program director, all leading to his current position. Moses has also helped develop Kresge's Green Building Initiative while leading the charge for its international grantmaking initiatives and strategies.

During his tenure, Moses has restructured the Education program at Kresge. He oversees grant activities in higher education while helping grantees with proposal development. In 2012, Moses oversaw 57 grants awarded in the Education sector with $26 million in distributed funds (with a sub-category dedicted to South Africa that resulted in nine grants).  In 2013, Moses an additional 46 grants awarded in the Education sector.

Of his work, Moses states that the best part is "having the chance to have a positive impact on thousands, perhaps even millions, of lives by providing opportunities for people to get an education." Moses spreads his and Kresge's beliefs about access to higher education by representing the foundation in the media. He has given numerous interviews for radio and television and at non-profit events nationwide.

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