J. Maurrasse, Ph.D.
Pathways for a Better World
David. Maurrasse has developed an approach to forge, strengthen,
and sustain partnerships and pathways that leverage the resources
of multiple parties to take on critical societal needs. David
has been developing and continually refining this process. Through
this Method, David plays the role of a partnership catalyst, providing
a combination of consulting and research leading to partnerships
that are sustained and continually producing results. The process
is applicable to partnerships at the local level across all sectors
of society such as business, government, nonprofits, the arts,
higher education, philanthropy, health care and any other major
industry. It is also applicable for partnerships within sectors
and across national boundaries.
David Maurrasse has keynoted several conferences, addressing issues
- Community Development
- The Nonprofit Sector
- The Common Good.
Through Marga, conferences and meetings can benefit from inspirational
and practical information and guidance through speaking engagements.
Dr. David Maurrasse is the President, CEO, and Founder of Marga
Incorporated, a global consulting firm dedicated to forging and
strengthening pathways to take on the great issues of the twenty-first
century through cross-sector partnerships, philanthropy, strategy,
and management. Marga serves as a partnership catalyst bringing
together stakeholders across sectors and across national boundaries
to address shared concerns. By strengthening common bonds, Marga
has contributed to unlocking untapped potential in numerous localities
across the United States. Opportunities have also emerged for
Marga to share its expertise and knowledge beyond the U.S., in
countries such as Canada, Mexico, the U.K., and China.
In forging pathways toward a better future, Marga has worked
with a number of foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation,
the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Kellogg Foundation,
the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the California
Endowment, and the San Francisco Foundation. A range of strategic
partnerships exist with corporate stakeholders such as CitiGroup,
government entities such as the city of Atlanta, and institutions
of higher learning such as Duke University, the University of
Pennsylvania, Columbia Uinversity, London Southbank University
(U.K.), Simon Fraser University (Canada), and Iberoamericana (Mexico).
Since 2000, Dr. Maurrasse has been on the faculty at Columbia
University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is
currently Associate Research Scholar in the School and a Strategic
Advisor to the University’s Earth Institute. At Columbia,
he founded the Center for Innovation in Social Responsibility
(CISR) which researched and promoted dialogue on the formation
of partnerships involving corporations, higher education, philanthropy,
and various other industries. The activities of CISR served to
incubate the ideas that would eventually take form as Marga. Before
moving to Columbia University, Dr. Maurrasse was a professor at
Yale University from 1995-2000. From 1998-2000, he was a Senior
Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked
on community building and an initiative to further higher education/community
A leading author, speaker, and researcher on the relationship
between major institutions and their surrounding communities,
Dr. Maurrasse has published important books in his fields of research
all directed toward advancing new thinking about partnerships.
In Listening to Harlem: Gentrification, Community and Business
(2006), his latest, Dr. Maurrasse explores the opportunities and
challenges of urban development as played out in Harlem between
longtime community residents and newly established businesses.
Growing out of Dr. Maurrasse’s earlier work, A Future for
Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships
(2004) which examines corporate and institutional pathways for
contributing to society, Listening to Harlem delves deeper and
presents ideas and recommendations for unleashing untapped resources
in communities such as Harlem. In 2001, Dr. Maurrasse laid the
groundwork for his ideas about the role of partnerships in changing
society with Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities
form Partnerships with Their Communities. This work focuses on
the ways that institutions of higher learning and their surrounding
communities have worked together to pursue common goals.
responses to David Maurrasse's recent speaking engagements:
"Professor Maurrasse offered a relevant and inspiring
talk to a diverse group of mid-career executives, grounded in
economic reality and drawing on his past and recent applied
research. ... He offered insight into trends of partnering and
strategic alliance between large institutions and their community-based
neighbors as a means to more effective outreach and corporate
responsibility. ... [H]is professional experience as professor,
consultant, and foundation executive has shaped his awareness
of our constituents' needs and opportunities."
-- Lori A. Roth
Columbia Business School
"David's depth of knowledge and appealing manner
combined to create a rich learning experience for his audience
... [b]ased in no small part to his ability to combine his scholarly
expertise with an effective public presentation style."
-- Dr. Steven Jones
"[David Maurrasse's] presentation was especially
powerful for our audience. [He is] able to look at problems
and issues from three perspectives: that of the academic, the
non-profit executive and the philanthropic organization."
-- Linda Gill Taylor
University of Missouri
From nationally known scholars like Professor Barry Checkoway
to leading national practitioners like Barbara Holland, David
Maurrasse was the one name that kept rising to the top. ...
He is very effective in bridging the theoretical and the practice
of work between universities and their communities, and speaks
easily to both audiences, even when they are together in the
-- David Schoem
University of Michigan