BiographyDr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advice and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships. Marga coordinates the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. Dr. Maurrasse serves as the Director of this growing network of over 800 members, which is an action-oriented learning community promoting the engagement of enduring institutions (e.g. universities and medical centers) in community and economic development.
Marga also coordinates the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group (REPG), which engages a cluster of member foundations in strengthening policies and practices on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, and the Ford Foundation are among the many foundations which have participated in REPG.
Numerous foundations and universities have received assistance from Marga over the years. Maurrasse is a Senior Fellow at the New World Foundation. Marga is a member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. Marga’s work has taken Dr. Maurrasse across the United States, as well as to Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Since 2000, Dr. Maurrasse has been affiliated with Columbia University, where he currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Scholar. His periodic course, Strategy, Community Partnerships and Philanthropy exposes Columbia graduate students in the School of International and Public Affairs to emerging trends in creative philanthropic and community development strategies to address critical social issues. From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr. Maurrasse has published numerous books, including Strategic Public Private Partnerships: Innovation and Development (2013), Listening to Harlem (2006), A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004), Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities Form Partnerships with Their Communities (2001). His most recent book project, Philanthropy and Society (2019) will explore how strategic philanthropy can better include the perspectives and participation of grantee communities.
Maurrasse has served on numerous boards, two of which he has chaired. He is currently a Trustee at Bucknell University. He is a member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, which periodically convenes in various parts of the world. Maurrasse has keynoted several conferences, focusing on how to leverage institutional resources to meet pressing social and economic needs.
Published: Jul 31, 2015 by Cities and partnerships for sustainable urban development
Authors: David J. Maurrasse
Strategic considerations for urban anchor institutions in local and regional engagement David Maurrasse INTRODUCTION Anchor institutions, as entities rooted in their geographic settings, must be concerned about the interaction between their in...
Published: Jun 01, 2015 by Peer Review, 17(3)
Authors: David Maurrasse
Students involved in community partnerships can apply their learning in any discipline in the process of solving problems faced by local communities or those in various parts of the country or world. The field of civic engagement in higher education has expanded...
Strategic resilience and global competitiveness: regional cooperation in the New York City metropolitan area.
Published: Sep 30, 2012 by European Cities and Global Competitiveness
Authors: David Maurrasse
Collaboration across sectors and municipalities and between and within industries is critical to problem solving. Complex challenges in today’s highly advanced and interactive world require the coordination of resources that transcend institutions, sectors, municipalities, and geographical boundaries of all types.
Comprehensive approaches to urban development: gentrification, community, and business in Harlem, New York
Published: Jun 01, 2006 by Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy
Authors: David J. Maurrasse & Jaclyn B. Bliss
In this essay, we will examine the trends in urban neighborhoods, looking at the positive and negative effects of gentrification, specifically highlighting findings from our research in Harlem. And, we will consider and discuss the factors that influence and drive urban development. Overall, we hope to convey that a comprehensive approach that includes both people- and place-based strategies is the only way to simultaneously preserve and improve urban communities.
Published: Mar 11, 2002 by Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 31(1)
Authors: David J. Maurrasse
The author relies on his experiences as a participant-observer, evaluator, and researcher to address the following questions: What are effective measurements of progress in higher education community partnerships? What is the significance of this movement’s stage in development regarding the availability of resources and the appropriateness of assessment?
Published: Jun 01, 1994 by National Black Law Journal, 14, 59
Authors: Aldon Morris, Walter Allen, David Maurrasse, Derrick Gilbert
This article focuses on the case Knight v. Alabama and considers its legal, political, and social implications.