Rev. Cory S. Anderson
Executive 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.

One Word to describe Moving the Needle: Necessary

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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.

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