Ricardo A. Millett, Ph.D.
Program: The Grantmaking School
Dr. Millett is currently the principal of his company Millett & Associates providing program evaluation and strategic planning consultant services to foundations and non-profits. His most former employment was as the president of the Woods Fund of Chicago where he spent five successful years developing and implementing a strategic grantmaking plan for the foundation that served it well in responding to the needs of Chicago least advantaged communities. He brings over 40 years of experience in program evaluation, community and public policy planning and research to his role as a consultant. He brings to his consultant practice a set of educational training and professional experiences that uniquely qualifies him as a leader with the experience and skills to help shape its grantmaking philosophy, strategies and realize its goals. During his tenure at the Woods Fund, his success in working with his staff to strengthen the community by improving opportunities for people in Chicago has been widely acknowledged and acclaimed. He is particularly proud of their accomplishments in working with grantees to shape programs and policies through strong community organizing and active participation of the least advantaged community residents. Building the capacity of non-profits and their community based constituents with well designed activities that include issue analysis, public policy development, advocacy, and citizen participation to improve functioning of the city and its neighborhood are areas where Dr. Millett has considerable experience and expertise.
Prior to the Woods Fund Dr. Millett was Director of Program Evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Millett served as senior vice president of planning and resource management for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston. He has also served as deputy associate commissioner of the Department of Social Services for Massachusetts, where he managed the Office of Planning and Evaluation. At ABT Associates, he was a senior analyst and worked on national research projects that helped to inform national policy in areas such as day care regulations and housing development in urban areas.