Rev. Cory S. Anderson
Cory Anderson is the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation’s (WRF) executive vice president responsible for the cultivation of local and national partners, special initiatives, and strategy development. Cory came to WRF in 2008 after seven years with The Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, where he supported state-level child advocacy organizations and helped lead the KIDSCOUNT Initiative.
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 education and youth violence. 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 and Community Service with responsibility for 25 AmeriCorps VISTA projects add valuable knowledge and skills. Cory also served as a gang intervention specialist and later as a jobs program specialist with New Futures for Youth.
In addition to working for The Annie E. Casey Foundation during his time away from Arkansas, Cory was manager of partner development at the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, D.C.
Cory formerly served on the boards of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and the Health Policy Board of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. He is currently a BMe Public Voices Fellow. He also serves on the boards of College Ready Now, Arkansas Baptist College, the Urban League of Arkansas and the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
Cory is married to Dr. Phillis Nichols-Anderson, CEO of a national educational management organization. He is pursuing a master’s degree in theology from Anderson University. The Andersons have four children–two in college, one making movies in Hollywood, and a corporate attorney. They also have two grandchildren.