Helmut K. Anheier is Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, and Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School in Berlin, Germany. He served as President of the Hertie School from 2009 to 2018, held a Chair of Sociology at the Max-Weber-Institute of Heidelberg University and served as founding Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment and Innovation. He is the Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint initiative by the Hertie School and the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research centres on social innovation, nonprofits, civil society and philanthropy; governance; cultural policy; organisational studies; and indicator systems. Anheier was the principal academic lead of the Governance Report (Oxford University Press), and is editor-in-chief of Global Perspectives (University of California Press). Anheier is author of over 500 publications, many in leading journals and with top university presses. He has received various national and international awards. He received his PhD from Yale University in 1986, was a senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy Studies, Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA , Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Before embarking on an academic career, he served as Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations.
Bill Parent is lecturer in public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He teaches Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Leadership in the Public Interest.
Since coming to the Luskin School in 2000, he has served as Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Dean for Advancement, and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives. He was acting director of the former UCLA Luskin Center for Civil Society from 2009 to 2015.
He has published articles and opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and California Policy Options.
Before coming to UCLA in 2000, Bill was on the senior staff of the Harvard Kennedy School, including five years as executive director of the Harvard University-Ford Foundation Innovations in American Government Program.
He is a former newspaper reporter and also worked in New York City Board of Education and the California Governor’s Office of Appropriate Technology during Gov. Jerry Brown’s second term.
He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.