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Executive Director, American Dream Institute Washington, DC

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream (MCAAD or the Center) seeks an experienced, collaborative, and ambitious professional to serve as the first Executive Director (ED) for its nascent American Dream Institute (ADI or the Institute).

MCAAD is a new and unique organization committed to celebrating and renewing the ideals of the American Dream. The Center celebrates people who exemplify these ideals, confront barriers to opportunity, and catalyze solutions that advance economic mobility and social equity. Founded in 2019, the Center’s focus is to make the American Dream an attainable reality by expanding access to education, health, and economic freedom, and by empowering an entrepreneurial mindset that takes full advantage of opportunity.

Housed within MCAAD, the American Dream Institute will be the Center’s thought leadership arm, charged with shaping national conversations within business and government on how opportunity can be broadened; encouraging and amplifying great initiatives in communities and businesses across America that are working to break down barriers to opportunity; and providing individual Americans with the tools and training that can increase their chances of fulfilling their dreams. Specifically, the ADI will host an Ideas Hub, which will help shape thinking at the level of government and business on issues of mobility, opportunity, and progress, and a Research and Data Hub, which will drive public conversations and provide a common reference point for data on prosperity and opportunity.

Reporting to the President of MCAAD, Kerry Healey, the Executive Director of the American Dream Institute will be responsible for: managing and building the ADI’s programming, developing and overseeing annual budgets alongside the Chief Strategy Officer, articulating a strategic vision, hiring new team members, identifying emerging trends on issues of economic and social policy, and serving as the primary public figure for the Institute at important domestic and international forums and in the media. Due to the unique nature of this endeavor, the successful candidate must bring a proven track record of thought leadership, organizational leadership skills, and managerial expertise; an entrepreneurial “can-do” attitude, alongside the ability to spot opportunities and build on them; familiarity and experience with U.S. domestic politics, national societal discussions, and American cultural trends; the ability to serve as a central resource for key influencers and policy makers across the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors; fluency and authority with the media and academic world; and a deep belief in the ideals of MCAAD.

All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm electronically below.

Andy Lee is leading this search with Berkley Burke and Amy Gillespie.


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