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Evaluation

Receive feedback from peer and expert reviewers.

Peer-to-Peer Review

During peer-to-peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using the four criteria included in the scoring rubric: transformative, equitable, innovative, and feasible. This is the same scoring rubric that the evaluation panel will use.

Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures a level playing field for all applicants. In addition to scoring each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, peer-to-peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. We ask that each peer-to-peer reviewer carefully read the applications given to them and provide meaningful feedback.

The peer-to-peer review will result in a rank order of all valid submissions. Based on the rank order of scores, top-scoring applications will move forward to the evaluation panel review.

Evaluation Panel

The evaluation panel members have been carefully chosen for their knowledge and experience. Each member scores and comments on the applications assigned to them. Each valid application will receive five sets of reviews that have been statistically normalized. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications, up to ten finalists will be selected. 

Stacey Abrams

Author

Jenny Abramson

Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

Erika Alexander

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Color Farm Media

Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Founder & CEO, Auger-Dominguez Ventures

M. V. Lee Badgett

Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Suzanne Barbour

Dean of The Graduate School & Professor of biochemistry & biophysics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Jessica Barron

Consultant, Frontline Solutions

Melanie Bell-Mayeda

Partner & Managing Director, IDEO

Umbreen Bhatti

Constance Hess Williams ‘66 Director, Athena Center for Leadership, Barnard College

Chad Boettcher

Founder & Head, Impact Guild

Carla Brodley

Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Executive Director, Center for Inclusive Computing, Northeastern University

Suzette Brooks Masters

Senior Strategist at the Center for Inclusion & Belonging, American Immigration Center

Jay Brown

Vice Chairman & Co-Founder, Roc Nation

Kelly Brown

CEO, Viewpoint Counsulting

Anne Marie Burgoyne

Managing Director, Social Innovation, Emerson Collective

Hannah Calhoon

Founder & Managing Director, Blue Ridge Labs

Kimberly Cassidy

President, Bryn Mawr College

Anne Chao

Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities, Rice University

Farai Chideya

Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Crystal Churchwell Evans

Director of Development, Frist Art Museum

Allison Clark

Associate Director, Impact Investments, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Beth Comstock

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Co-Founder & Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

Vanessa Daniel

Founder & Executive Director, Groundswell Fund

Felicia Davis

President & CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women

Alecia DeCoudreaux

President Emerita, Mills College

Sahana Dharmapuri

Director, Our Secure Future, One Earth Future Foundation

Susan Ditkoff

Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group

Paul Di Donato

President & CEO, The Proteus Fund

Thasunda Duckett

CEO, Chase Consumer Banking

Ivelisse Estrada

Amy Fahey

Chair of the Board of Directors, First Women's Bank

Julie Fernandes

Associate Director for Institutional Accountability & Individual Liberty, Rockefeller Family Fund

Jeff Forbes

Program Director for the Education & Workforce, National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Henrietta Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Mary Frank Fox

ADVANCE Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Josh Frazier-Sparks

Senior Manager, Corporate Philanthropy, Walmart.org

Shauntel Garvey

Co-Founder & General Partner, Reach Capital

Roxane Gay

Author

Helene Gayle

President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

Angela Glover Blackwell

Founder in Residence, PolicyLink

Lisa Gomer

International Development Consultant

Holly Gordon

Chief Impact Officer, Participant

Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist, Wharton

Katlyn Grasso

Founder & CEO, GenHERation

Geeta Rao Gupta

Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation

Christina Hachikian

Executive Director, Adjunct Associate Professor, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Sarah Harden

CEO, Hello Sunshine

Verity Harding

Global Head of Policy & Partnerships, DeepMind

AJ Hassan

Executive Creative Director, R/GA

Seema Hingorani

Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Andrea Hoffman

Founder & CEO, Culture Shift Labs

Dane Holmes

Co-founder & CEO, Eskalera

Paula Johnson

President, Wellesley College

Yana Kakar

Global Managing Partner Emertius, Dalberg Advisors

Renee Kaplan

CEO, The Philathropy Workshop

Maheen Kaleem

Deputy Director, Grantmakers for Girls of Color

Noorain Khan

Director, Office of the President, Ford Foundation

Maria Klawe

President, Harvey Mudd College

Freada Klein

Founding Partner, Kapor Capital

Kathryn Kolbert

Co-Founder and Producing Director of the Athena Film Festival

Lauren Kolodny

Founding General Partner, aCrew Capital

Carla Koppell

Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Institute

Anthony Lake

Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Kevin Lang

Professor of Economics, Boston University

Michael Laracy

Stephanie Lazar

Co-Founder & Directory, Strategy & Operations, Arthur's Point Farm

Aileen Lee

Chief Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Olivia Leland

Founder & CEO, Co-Impact

Cindi Leive

Senior Fellow, University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center

Jack Leslie

Chairman, Weber Shandwick

Ruth Levine

CEO, IDinsight

Christina Lewis

Founder, All Star Code

Nejla Liias

President & Founder, Global Health Visions

Latanya Mapp Frett

President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Kate McAdams

Managing Director, Arabella Advisors

Tovah McCord

Nonprofit Leader & Innovator

Steven McGann

Founder, The Stevenson Group

Dyllan McGee

Founder & Executive Producer, MAKERS

Talia Milgrom-Elcott

Founder & Executive Director, 100Kin10

Karla Monterroso

CEO, Code2040

Jesse Moore

CEO, Common Thread Strategies

Michelle Milford Morse

Vice President for Girls & Women Strategy, UN Foundation

Yolanda Moses

Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside

Indra Nooyi

Former President & CEO, Pepsico

Tracy Nowski

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nneka Ogwumike

President, WNBA Players' Union

Jennifer Olsen

Executive Director, Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving

Sage Quiamno

Co-Founder, Future for Us

Aparna Rae

Founder, Moving Beyond

Joy Lisi Rankin

Research Lead, Gender, Race & Power in AI, AI Now

Patricia Rankin

Professor of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder

Valerie Red-Horse

CFO, East Bay Community Foundation

Pamela Reeves

Senior Fellow, Brown University

Silvia Rivera

Managing Director, Vocalo Radio

Faye Sahai

Managing Director, Vinaj/Telosity

Sam Saperstein

Head of Women on the Move, JPMorgan Chase

Reshma Saujani

Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code

Isabel Sawhill

Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution

Linda Sax

Professor of Higher Education, School of Education & Information Studies, Founding Director, Momentum: Accelerating Equity in Computing and Technology, UCLA

Ellen Schneider

Founder, Active Voice

Willa Seldon

Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Lisa Sherman

President & CEO, Ad Council

Nicole Small

CEO, LH Capital/Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Deirdre Joy Smith

CEO & Founder, POWER: Opening Doors for Women

Stacy Smith

Founder, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Judith Spitz

Executive Director & Founder, Break Through Tech

Adrienne Starks

Founder & CEO, STREAM Innovations

Donald Steinberg

Executive Director, Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace, and Security

Catharine Stimpson

University Professor & Dean Emerita, Graduate School of Arts and Science, The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, New York University

Myra Strober

Professor Emerita, Stanford University

Tracy Sturdivant

President & CEO, The League

Cyndi Suarez

Senior Editor, NPQ

Kristen Titus

Executive Director, Cognizant U.S. Foundation

Virginia Valian

Professor of Psychology, Hunter College

Natalie Vega O'Neil

President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Washington

Lauren Vernese

Physiatrist & Sports Medicine Physician, Swedish Medical Group

Edgar Villanueva

Senior Vice President, Schott Foundation for Public Education

Kevin Wang

Founder, Mentors in Tech

Gregory Washington

President, George Mason University

Jasmin Weaver

Executive Vice President, Civic Ventures

Angela F. Williams

President & CEO, Easterseals

Whitney Williams

CEO, williamworks

Ciara Wilson

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter & Entrepreneur, Beauty Marks Entertainment

Danielle Yancey

Director, Native American Center for Health Professions School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alice Xiang

Head of Fairness, Transparency, & Accountability Research, Partnership on AI

Selection Committee

In partnership with Lever for Change, the selection committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to 10 finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, rank from the evaluation panel, organizational capacity, geographic diversity, and feasibility. The selection of the finalists and winners of the awards is at the sole discretion of Pivotal Ventures, MacKenzie Scott, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies.

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