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Advisory Board

The Connecticut Opportunity Project’s blue-ribbon advisory board meets twice a year to support the initiative in achieving its ambitious goals.  Advisory board members are also available to partners for strategic counsel on an as-needed basis throughout the year. 

While additional experts will soon be confirmed to the advisory board, current board members include Molly Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of Roca; Barbara Dalio, Co-Founder and Director of Dalio Philanthropies; and David Hunter, former Director of Assessment for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

Molly Baldwin

Chief Executive Officer, Roca

Molly founded Roca in 1988 and serves as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer.  With a mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty and incarceration by helping young people transform their lives, Roca serves over 900 high-risk young people annually across 21 communities in Massachusetts and Baltimore.  For three decades, Molly has been a tireless advocate, mentor, and community convener, reaching out to the highest-risk young people and bringing together the major institutions and agencies that affect their lives.  Molly led Roca to be a high-performing, data-driven organization, with a nationally-recognized intervention model that focuses on better outcomes for young people and communities.  A long-distance runner, she is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University and an honorary Ph.D. from Salem State University and Lesley University.

Barbara Dalio

Co-Founder and Director, Dalio Philanthropies

Barbara and her husband, Ray, co-founded Dalio Philanthropies, a philanthropic organization that supports the Dalio family’s social impact endeavors, more than a decade ago.  Barbara’s primary philanthropic interests revolve around public education in Connecticut and efforts that enable young people to achieve their full potential.  As the leader of Dalio Philanthropies’ work to strengthen public education, Barbara visits schools and communities across Connecticut to listen and learn about needs and opportunities.  She is particularly passionate about working with schools, non-profit organizations, and communities to help high school-aged youth who are disengaged and disconnected.  In recognition of her collaborative work, Barbara has received the Connecticut Association of Schools’ 2018 Distinguished Friend of Education Award, the City of New Haven’s Community Care Award, and the Meriden Board of Education’s Community Support Award.  Barbara and Ray have four sons, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.

David Hunter, Ph.D.

International Consultant to Public and Non-Profit Organizations and former Director of Assessments, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

David has had a series of careers and experiences in the course of which he developed his unique approach to organizational design and performance management in the non-profit and public sectors.  Early on he was a tenured cultural anthropologist, then a psychotherapist and CEO of a state psychiatric hospital, next CEO of a network of community mental health services, and then Director of Assessments at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.  Since 2006, David has consulted internationally to funders, national ministries, municipalities, and both public and non-profit direct service agencies.  David’s focus has been on organizational capacity building, effectiveness, and data-driven operations.  He has authored numerous books, articles, and papers about non-profit and public sector performance management, including his recent book Working Hard & Working Well: A Practical Guide to Performance Management, in which he describes his use of “theory of change” as a framework for driving organizational success.