Cory Anderson


Cory S. Anderson
Vice President

Why Arkansas:

My roots are in this region of the country. Both my maternal and paternal grandparents are from the Delta. My wife and children were all born here. I’m at home here.

Three people at your dream dinner:

I would invite Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and my father to talk about what it means to be a man and a leader.

I chose philanthropy because:

I didn’t. My career in philanthropy is the result of a disjointed but natural progression of experiences. When I started working more than twenty years ago, I had no awareness that there was a “job” such as the one I now have.

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Cory Anderson is WRF’s vice president responsible for managing the Foundation’s Program Team and leading the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts. Cory came to the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 after seven years with the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked to support state-level child advocacy organizations.
A variety of job experiences prepared Cory for his work with the Foundation. As a reporter with the Arkansas Gazette, he researched and reported on issues related to school, children, and higher education. His roles as a juvenile probation officer, as a program coordinator for a direct service program that provided an array of services to families and children, and as a state program specialist with the Corporation for National Service with responsibility for 25 AmeriCorps VISTA projects add valuable knowledge and skills. Cory also served as an intervention specialist and later as a program specialist with New Futures for Youth. While there, he assisted in the development of a gang intervention program and worked on youth employability issues.

In addition to working for the Casey Foundation during his time away from Arkansas, Cory was also manager of partner development at the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C., engaging national organizations in partnerships designed to strengthen youth work.

Cory currently serves on the board of directors for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, the advisory board for College Ready Now, and formerly served on the Health Policy Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

Cory is married to Dr. Phillis Nichols-Anderson, vice president of a national charter school management organization. He is pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Anderson University. The Andersons have three sons – a high school sophomore, a college sophomore and an IT professional in New York. They also have a daughter who is an attorney, and two grandchildren.

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