Each year, in conjunction with the Media for a Just Society Awards, NCCD recognizes one superior piece of media with the Distinguished Achievement Award. The recipient is chosen by a panel of guest judges. Read about the members of this year’s panel below.
Mari Kuraishi is President of the Jessie Ball duPont fund, a grantmaking organization that focuses on equity and placemaking. Before joining the fund, Kuraishi was co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, a pioneering global crowdfunding platform for nonprofits around the world. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised over $500 million from more than a million donors for 25,000-plus projects in 170 countries and was listed as one of Ten Startups Changing the World by Forbes in 2012. Previously, she worked for nine years at the World Bank, starting in 1991 as an Operations Analyst for the Soviet/Russia Program and working up to Leader of the Corporate Strategy Group. Earlier in her career, Kuraishi was a research assistant for the Industrial Bank of Japan, where she researched reform policy and tracked legislative developments that impacted the banking industry. Kuraishi has also served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations and speaks English, Russian, Japanese, French, and Italian.
Antonio Oftelie is Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World and Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University. In these roles, Oftelie conducts research, teaches, and advises on how law, policy, and technology can be aligned to create exceptional environments for innovation. At Harvard, he administers the Harvard Public Sector Innovation Award program, leads the development of multiple summits and executive sessions, and has developed and taught in more than 40 Harvard executive education programs. Oftelie has created practitioner-recognized frameworks and maturity models for organizational innovation and value creation including the Shared Services Horizons of Value, the Uptake and Edge Innovation Matrix, and the Human Services Value Curve. Oftelie applies his research by advising senior government and business executives on organizational transformation.
Douglas E. Wood is Director of the Aspen Institute’s Criminal Justice Reform Initiative. From 2011–2018, he was a program officer at the Ford Foundation where, among other tasks, he funded programmatic grants focused on criminal justice reform at the national, state and local levels including investigative journalism, theater and documentary. Prior to joining Ford, Wood was Executive Director and Chief Education Officer of the Tennessee State Board of Education, chair of the Basic Education Program Review Committee that oversees Tennessee’s $3.2 billion K-12 budget, a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and several other educated-related positions. Wood began his career as a public-school teacher and while a graduate student at Harvard University, worked as a consultant with the Urban Superintendent’s Program, the World Bank’s Office of East Asian Affairs, and taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received the 2018 Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a board member of the Partnership for College Completion.