Philip Li

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

President and CEO

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Philip Li is the President & CEO of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation which is working to create a more vibrant and equitable New York City by investing in her people, the organizations that develop them, and the networks of which they are a part.

Prior to joining the foundation, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer at The Century Foundation, a public policy think tank, and at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where he helped the organization convert from a private foundation to a public charity. For four years he led the philanthropic practice at Changing Our World, a nonprofit consultancy and prior to that he worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on two of its leadership development initiatives. Phil served as the Executive Director of the Coro New York Leadership Center, a nonprofit that trains and develops individuals interested in public affairs for four years. He was introduced to Coro as a participant in its Leadership New York program, which prompted him to jump to the nonprofit sector from Wall Street. He started his financial career at Merrill Lynch and finished it rating junk bonds at Moody’s Investors Service.

Phil is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Funders Group and a Steering Committee member of the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. He also serves as the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the United Philanthropy Forum, and is a past chair of Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers in New York City. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Phil has a BA in Economics and Biology and an MBA from The Wharton School in Finance and Strategic Planning.

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