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Networks and Leadership Webinar Series: Foundations as Network Leaders: Learning from One Foundation’s Journey and Results


Join us for the third session of the Networks and Leadership Webinar Series on "Foundations as Network Leaders: Learning From One Foundation's Journey and Results"

What does it mean for a foundation to become a facilitative leader?  And how can foundation staff make the case for network-based funding approaches to boards and other stakeholders?  This two-part series will explore successes and insights from the DentaQuest Foundation’s national systems change strategy Oral Health 2020.  Started in 2011, this network-based strategy has achieved notable results—development of oral health leaders across the country, creation of new state partnerships connected to a national health improvement network, and tangible system and policy changes such as the expansion of public benefits in more than 15 states.  Come learn about what it took to make this work happen from the perspective of Foundation leaders Brian Souza and Mike Monopoli, initiative evaluator Clare Nolan (Harder+Company Community Research), and network weaver Marianne Hughes (Interaction Institute for Social Change).

  • June 30, 3016 | 11am Pacific 
    Part 1
     will situate this work in the context of the broader field, describe the Foundation’s decision to pursue a network-based approach, and show how development in individual leadership and network capacity led to community impacts.

  • July 14, 2016 | 11am Pacific
    Part 2 
    will dive deeper into what it took to achieve these results, including lessons learned from network building as well as what it means for a foundation to take on a facilitative leadership role.

Part One



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Clare Nolan serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Harder+Company Community Research, a national consulting firm that specializes in evaluation and 

strategy for the social sector.  Clare Nolan leads efforts to position the firm’s work at the forefront of the many fields it serves.  This includes building strategic partnerships, raising awareness of our firm’s contributions to the social sector, and supporting staff to advance the important work of our clients.

Her background is in designing and conducting traditional and developmental evaluation and other research in a variety of service fields.  Her clients have included the Packard Foundation, the DentaQuest Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the San Francisco Foundation, the San Francisco Mayor's Office, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

In addition to research, much of her work involves engaging stakeholders representing diverse interests—including program and executive staff of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofits as well as community members—in collaborative planning processes aimed at identifying shared goals and developing strategies for impact.  She is passionate about working with people and organizations to bring about greater equity and wellbeing in our communities.  Clare holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley.


Brian Souza, MSW is Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the DentaQuest Foundation.When it comes to developing and implementing creative solutions to improve the health of our nation and reduce existing disparities, Brian Souza sets a high bar. Having worked with health care nonprofits for over two decades, Brian understands the importance of collaborating across disciplines, organizations, and communities. Brian brings his passion for health care, business acumen, and nonprofit expertise to oral disease and oral health disparities in his role as Vice President of Strategy and Operations of the Boston-based DentaQuest Foundation. Largely overlooked, oral disease is one of the most significant and costly chronic health issues in the country. In his current role, Brian has been instrumental in efforts to expand the DentaQuest Foundation from a small philanthropy supporting non-profit organizations in Massachusetts to the largest national foundation focused exclusively on improving the oral health of all.

Prior it his role with the Foundation, Brian served the Executive Director at Boston Partnership for Older Adults, a coalition that works to ensure older adults have the support and resources needed to age with dignity. Brian’s leadership led to the selection of the Boston Partnership as one of only eight communities across the US to participate in the Community Partnership for Older Adults Program, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to that, Brian served as the Program Manager for the Community Care Alliance (CCA), a network of community health centers (CHCs) affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He brings the same passion and dedication to his volunteer activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of Our Space, Our Place, an organization dedicated to preparing blind youth for a lifetime of success, and as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Farm-Direct Coop, one of New England’s largest community-supported agriculture programs.


Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS is Vice President of Foundation Programs at the DentaQuest Foundation.Dr. Michael Monopoli is a 1981 graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He received Master of Public Health and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1988. Dr. Monopoli also completed a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration in 1990. Dr. Monopoli served as the dental director of the Office of Oral Health for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1995-2001.

Dr. Monopoli is presently the Vice President of Foundation Programs at the DentaQuest Foundation in Boston, MA. At the Foundation, Dr. Monopoli leads grant making activities, coordinates best evidence, community input, and various data sources on improving health outcomes, to design and manage strategies for the prevention of oral disease, health systems impact, and community-based solutions to oral health problems. Dr. Monopoli also works across the DentaQuest Enterprise and with external entities, including federal and state government agencies, academia, other health organizations, and community groups to establish, promote and provide support to partnerships and collaborations that can impact positive oral health policy nationally. Dr. Monopoli is past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)


Marianne Hughes is the Founder and Former Executive Director at the Interaction Institute for Social Change.Marianne Hughes retired from her role as the founding Executive Director of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) in 2013. While continuing to work with IISC as a Senior Consultant, Marianne now works as an independent Consultant.  Marianne combines 20 years of experience as an executive director with expertise in the design and facilitation of systems change, network building, leadership development, public policy advocacy and community organizing with her devotion to social justice, and deep faith in the human capacity for goodness to further the work of global transformation

Marianne has worked with change makers across the world in their social transformation efforts by providing consulting in: systems and organizational change; strategy development; the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaborative planning and network building initiatives as well as learning events and retreats. Marianne also provided capacity building trainings in: the skills and tools of collaboration, transformational leadership development and skillful and effective facilitation.