Michael Bailin served as President and CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1996 to 2005. For the 17 years before that he was a founder, former president and chief executive officer of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving opportunities for young people in poor communities. Prior to launching P/PV in 1977, Mr. Bailin worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, and before that he served as the deputy director and counsel to the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. Mr. Bailin has also practiced law and taught at both Dartmouth and Franconia colleges in New Hampshire. He also was engaged as the first Professor of the Practice of Foundation Strategy in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.
Mr Bailin graduated from Dartmouth College in 1964 and in 1969 received both a law degree and Masters in Urban Planning from Yale University. Over the past 40 years years he has helped to build, has managed, or has served as a board member or advisor to scores of not-for-profit organizations. Since leaving The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Bailin consults to organizations and on projects of special interest to him. Currently he serves on the Evaluation Advisory Committees of Wings for Kids, ROCA, Congreso de Latinos Unidos and Our Piece of the Pie; as a strategic advisor to Youth Communications and The Morino Institute; as well as on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Nominating and Governance Committee, Chair).